Gov. Roy Cooper announces school closures

Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina on March 10 in response to COVID-19. On March 14, Cooper announced that all K-12 public schools in the state will be closed through March 30, with no gatherings of more than 100 people allowed statewide.

RALEIGH — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the issuance of an executive order Saturday afternoon, March 14, that closes all K-12 public schools in the state until at least March 30, as well as bans all mass gatherings of more than 100 people.

According to Cooper, school buildings will operate on March 16 as a teacher workday to allow staff and students to retrieve personal items and needed resources.

“I do not make this decision lightly. We know that it will be difficult on many parents and students,” Cooper stated in a March 14 tweet.

The logistics and ramifications of the decision to close are already being taken into consideration by Avery County Schools.

“I will be meeting with our leadership team tomorrow (March 15) to discuss possible workdays as well as ways in which we can provide content to the students during this two-week period,” ACS Superintendent Dr. Dan Brigman said in a statement provided to The AJT on Saturday afternoon following the announcement. “Also, we are going to research ways in which we can make meals available, if possible.”

There are at least 23 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, health officials said early Saturday, which is an increase of eight cases reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since Friday, March 13.

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