COVID-19 Update: “CCS Remains #CumberlandStrong”
Published by Angel Hoggard on March 20, 2020
Fayetteville, N.C. – Since the closing of all North Carolina Public Schools, as mandated by Gov. Roy Cooper on March 14, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) has been working to provide support to its students during the time they are home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any event we have ever seen, forcing all of us to make countless decisions that have no precedent and are still evolving,” said CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr. “As health officials have said many times, there is still much to learn about COVID-19. What they learn could affect our operations for weeks to come. This is why state education officials have already committed themselves to re-evaluating such basic elements of our profession as state exams, school calendars and attendance policies. Regardless of their decisions – and regardless of the effects of COVID-19 – we are confident our more than 6,000 employees will provide the support and guidance our community needs in the weeks ahead.”
The following additional services have been added since CCS closed:
The Cumberland@Home packets were created to deepen learning on skills and topics already taught throughout the year. The packets are supplementary and are designed to reinforce concepts previously taught. No grades will be submitted during school closure and new learning should not be introduced. CCS is encouraging participation and completion of the remote learning opportunity to prevent learning loss. The goal of the instructional module is to keep continuity of learning for the students.
Cumberland@Home Packet Pick-Up — Pre-K through 8th-grade students are completing paper-and-pencil assignments. Pre-K through 8th-grade materials may be picked up at the following locations through Friday, March 20:
  • Meal Pick-up Sites:
  • Old Wilmington Road Neighborhood Resource Center at 229 Lincoln Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28301 (subject to operating hours)
  • Action Pathway Head Start in the Holland Homes Development, 3053 Enterprise Avenue, Fayetteville, NC 28306 (subject to operating hours)
After Friday, packets will continue to be available for download online at:, and parents may also call the Cumberland@Home Hotlines to request packets.
Teacher Support Hours – Teacher support is available from 9 a.m. – noon via email or a previously established protocol, such as ClassDojo or Google Classroom. Staff will respond to all requests in a timely manner during scheduled hours.
Additional Support – For additional support in multiple languages, district staff members are available from 3 – 7 p.m. via the Cumberland@Home Hotlines. To see the hotline number for each grade level, visit:
The hours of the Student Services Hotline have increased where a CCS counselor or social worker will be available to talk (only with students) 24 hours, 7 days a week for at least the next two weeks. The district anticipates that some students may experience difficulty as a result of anxiety or stress related to COVID-19. The hotline counselors will also be able to address issues regarding depression, abuse, suicidal thoughts, lack of food, etc.
Curbside Pick-Up/Yellow Bus Drop-off Meals
Families have been taking advantage of the curbside pick-up meals. Also, for those students and their families who may be unable to travel to those locations, yellow school buses are dropping off meals at various locations throughout the county. For a complete list of locations, visit:
Only in its third day of operation, a total of 50,584 meals have been distributed to students. This number includes a lunch for the current day and a breakfast for the following day, which is given to each student.
The school system will need additional take-out trays for school meals. Individuals or organizations that would like to donate take-out trays may contact CCS’ Child Nutrition Services at 910-584-2423 (phone) or (email). 
Families are encouraged to visit the CDC website for the most accurate and timely information about the virus. For more information, visit: and for additional guidance visit, and

Dr. Stacey Wilson-Norman, the Chief Academic Officer for CCS, explains Cumberland@Home, a remote learning opportunity that will allow students to continue to learn beyond the classroom.

Beth Maynard, the Executive Director of Child Nutrition, shares information about meals for students.

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