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Start of CCS’ Year- Round Schools Postponed
Published by Angel Hoggard on July 8, 2020
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Fayetteville, N.C. – Previously, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) announced that its four year-round schools would begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely on Thursday, July 9; however, based on a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina General Assembly, the district’s year-round schools will now follow the traditional calendar and begin the new school year on August 17.

District officials were informed that recently adopted Senate Bill 113 prohibits year-round schools from beginning the new school year remotely. This interpretation of the bill was confirmed by the General Assembly legal opinion and differs from the broader interpretation of the bill originally provided by the Governor’s Office, North Carolina Association of School Administrators, RTI International, and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

“Throughout this process, we have followed the guidance of state officials and associations, which has now changed to align with the legal opinion released by the General Assembly,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “We regret the inconvenience this change will cause our students, families and employees.”

In light of this recent development, meal sites at year-round schools will not operate. The district’s year-round schools include Anne Chesnutt Middle, E.E. Miller Elementary, Reid Ross Classical Middle and Reid Ross Classical High.