All North Carolinians have been impacted by the coronavirus in some way, especially children and their parents and teachers. Gov. Roy Cooper began Friday’s press conference by acknowledging the difficult and confusing times for children.
Gov. Cooper said the state has made the difficult decision to continue remote learning for North Carolina’s K-12 public schools for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19. N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson says information on grading for this school year will sent to individual schools shortly.
Gov. Cooper also announced a partnership with AT&T to provide 100 remote learning hotspots in school buses across the state. A similar partnership with Duke Energy will provide another 80 of the hotspots in school buses.
Cooper says the state is requesting $1.4 billion from the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act to help the state. Those funds would be used for immediate needs, including public health and safety as well as assistance for small businesses and local governments.
As of Friday, North Carolina has 8,052 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. 269 of those cases have resulted in death.