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Governor Roy Cooper issues executive order to close all public schools in North Carolina

All K-12 schools in North Carolina have been ordered to close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16.
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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper testifies before the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on climate change, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

All K-12 schools in North Carolina have been ordered to close for two weeks due to the coronavirus, per North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.

Governor Cooper announced the closing(s) in a presser, Saturday afternoon.

The school closings are set to begin Monday and last for two weeks at this time.

In lieu of the closing(s) Governor Roy Cooper said “We are working on efforts to deal with these challenges, from changes to unemployment insurance to special funding from the state and federal government to help get us through this.”

Rockingham County Schools

Rockingham County Schools released a statement saying schools will be closing for a minimum of two weeks Monday, March 16- March 27, per the executive order.

“At this time, Spring Break is as planned. Rockingham County Schools is also making a local decision to close schools the week of March 30 to April 3 out of safety for students and staff,” the school system said. “Spring Break will remain the same time of April 6 to 10. Therefore, this means Rockingham County Schools will be out a full month from Monday, March 16 to Friday, April 10."

The school system says no staff member or student should enter the building(s) until further notice.

And reopening procedures will be shared at a later time.

Rockingham County Schools says they are working on feeding options for students at Leaksville-Spray Elementary, McMichael High School, and Moss Street Elementary School.

And says staff members and employees will not be penalized for the break.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools shared how they will be adjusting following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement to their website, Saturday evening.

The school system said they aim to assure students, parents and staff they have detailed plans in place to continue learning, as well as ensure students have access to healthy meals, and help employees navigate how this will impact their roles and duties while school is not in session.

"In the meantime, starting Tuesday, cafeteria sites across the district will open for lunch and breakfast," the school's website read. "We are also going use our buses to deliver meals along bus routes. More information on the exact locations, times, and other details will be shared Monday."

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools says parents and students who have questions related to the closure can call (336) 661-3128.

"This is a constantly evolving situation and we want to do everything we can to help you," the school system said. 

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools says they will open an informational hotline on Sunday, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You can find more information on the school’s website.

Stay with WFMY News 2 for more updates.

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