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Back To School In NC: Keeping COVID-19 Out Of Classrooms

Brooke Bust-Webber
Public radio stations across the state worked together to examine how schools are adjusting for the new academic year during a pandemic.

Families across North Carolina are preparing to start a new school year in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Most public school students are starting school online, but each school district around the state is doing things a little bit differently under guidelines released by Gov. Roy Cooper in July.

Click here to listen to the program. 

Public radio stations from the mountains to the coast came together to examine the myriad complexities of the coming school year. WFAE’s Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins talked to North Carolina State Superintendent Mark Johnson about how districts are planning to educate students in spite of the pandemic.

WUNC’s State of Things host Frank Stasio dug into how the stress of this moment is impacting the mental health of children, families and teachers with Shauna Cooper, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Reporters from WHQR in Wilmington, BPR in Asheville and WFDD in Winston-Salem share how their communities are responding to the new intersecting education and health challenges.