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Governor Cooper orders public schools to close statewide

Governor Cooper orders public schools to close statewide

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North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Schools Mark Johnson and Gov. Roy Cooper ordered Saturday all public schools in the state to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order/recommendation to close comes hours after Wake County Schools and Johnston County Schools announced they would close starting Monday. A Wake County teacher is among the 23 known cases of COVID-19 statewide, according to various media outlets. 

Catawba County Schools Superintendent Matt Stover communicated the following message via Facebook:

"We will release more information Monday with our next steps. Rest assured that we have all been working to make sure we have the infrastructure and systems in place to meet the needs of our students, staff, and families “just in case.” We know you have a lot of questions and we will answer them the best we can in the next few days."

Newton-Conover City Schools made a similar Facebook post.

Prior to Saturday's announcement, all high school sports statewide had been canceled or postponed. Many school districts had canceled all extracurricular activities, such as proms or after school clubs.

The move to close schools fits in line with Cooper's recommendation that all events expected to draw more than 100 people in attendance be canceled or postponed. 

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