Need to Know Updates – September 20, 2020
Published by Angel Hoggard on September 20, 2020

CCS Launches Cumberland Family Academy, a district-wide family engagement outreach program!

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and school starting remotely, Cumberland County Schools (CCS) remains committed to supporting families through the launch of Cumberland Family Academy.

Starting Sept. 24, Cumberland Family Academy will host virtual workshops on a variety of topics, including support with Canvas and PowerSchool, internet safety, academic success, community resources and much more. Access the entire course catalog here.

The sessions will take place virtually at 6 p.m. on Thursdays. Families can join each session, where they will be able to participate and ask questions. Additionally, CCS will post an encore of each session on the district’s Facebook page and YouTube channel on the following Tuesday.

The first session, PowerSchool 101, will take place on September 24. This session will help families navigate the PowerSchool platform. Visit to register now!

For more information on Cumberland Family Academy, visit

Free Meals for Children 18 and Younger

All children 18 years and younger eat free Monday through Friday – one breakfast and one lunch per day, per child. Menu items are subject to substitution. Learn more about the locations of the meal sites at

REMINDER: [email protected] iBuses Are on the Move

Eighty school buses with Wi-Fi connectivity have been deployed around the community to support connectivity. The range of connectivity for each iBus is the size of a football field. Students in the selected communities should be able to stay in their homes and connect to the iBuses, which will be parked at each location from 7:45 a.m. -4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Beginning on Monday, Sept. 21, some of the iBus locations will change. Here is the updated list of locations:

Census Reminder

There are about two weeks left for people to complete the 2020 Census. The deadline is Sept. 30 for all response options – online, by phone or by mail. Census takers are following up in person to serve as quality checks to ensure everyone is counted.

The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade. The funding will impact every person in Cumberland County. Census results affect planning and funding for education — including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education.

In April, every home received an invitation to participate in the Census along with a fillable response form. If you still have this form, you can complete it and return by mail. You can also respond by calling 844-330-2020 or complete the questionnaire online at

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: All Cumberland County Schools district-level and school-based communications or guidance, e.g., handbooks, websites, social media communications, etc., are subject to change at any time due to changing COVID-19 conditions and related health or safety guidance.


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