"What we may see in North Carolina is a sustained leveling and that sustained leveling will also allow us to move forward with some of this reopening". "While the school buildings remain closed, the education and learning will continue".
Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a media briefing on COVID-19.
"We don't make this decision lightly", Cooper said.
"Many students will need additional help to regain ground that could be lost this school year", Cooper said. Cooper and other education officials say those concerns will spill into the summer and fall as well.
Q: When was the school year supposed to end?.
The state will continue to look for private partnerships to address the connectivity issue, Cooper said.
Johnson praised the work that educators and parents across North Carolina have done to help students continue their studies while schools have been closed. It applies to in-person teaching; remote learning will continue for the rest of the year.
Q: Will teachers continue to get paid during the closure?
Legislators returning next week to distribute COVID-19 funds and approve policy changes are expected to consider a measure to allow public schools to reopen roughly a week earlier than usual.
But he said announcement on whether the race can go on will be forthcoming "soon".
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The confirmation of COVID-19-related deaths as early as February changes the known timeline of coronavirus in Santa Clara County. As more deaths in the county are investigated, it's likely that more will be tied to the virus, the county said.
Science and facts will serve as the base for reopening schools, but Cooper was vague on specific metrics to open the doors.
"School buildings will stay closed to students for this school year, but school isn't over", Cooper said. "Our educators continue to be on the front lines of this pandemic providing new remote learning opportunities and essential nutritional and emotional support, and we appreciate local school districts adhering to the more stringent personal protecting protocols and social distancing guidelines".
The Stay-At-Home order for North Carolina was put into effect on March 30 for all of the state's 100 counties in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus.
State officials said the trends they will be watching going forward include COVID-19-like symptomatic cases over 14 days, lab-confirmed cases over 14 days, positive tests as a percentage of total tests over 14 days and hospitalisations over 14 days.
After a minimum of two to three weeks has passed and the state continues to hit its marks, the state can enter phase two. But reports out of SC suggest the season could kick off there a week earlier.
The phased-in approach to reopening businesses that Cooper unveiled Thursday won't work for schools, which can't limit admission to small groups or ensure that students keep a safe distance apart. That affects approximately 43 million public school students, including 1.6 million in North Carolina. Will students who aren't engaged in remote learning be ready for the next grade? He also wants them to consider holding some type of graduation ceremony for seniors.
"North Carolina can not stay at home indefinitely", said Cooper. "North Carolinians are tough".
"... We have been working for several weeks on possible graduation scenarios and will be receiving teacher input next week".
In terms of the state's testing and tracing capacity, Cohen said the state's goal is to increase the number of daily tests to between 5,000 and 7,000 and the number of tracers, those people tasked with contacting the individuals who may have come in contact with an individual with COVID-19, from 250 to 500.