Roadmap to Re-Open Learning Q & A

  • Will high school students still be able to take College and Career Promise (CCP)/Dual Enrollment

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    courses through Craven Community College while we are on Plan C Remote Learning?

    Yes, high school students who registered for CCP courses can still take those courses.  The community college is offering over 50 virtual courses. There are some Career and Technical courses that do require on-campus attendance.  Please contact your school counselor for more details and assistance.

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  • Will there be band competitions this fall?

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    The North Carolina Bandmasters Association Executive Board has decided not to sanction any marching band competitions for the fall of 2020. This decision has been difficult, but it was made with respect for the safety and well-being of everyone involved - students and staff.

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  • Can my child bring lunch from home?

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    Yes, your child is welcome to bring their lunch from home.

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  • Will breakfast in the classroom still happen?

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    Yes

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  • Will elementary students still have recess?

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    Yes, recess is encouraged and will happen outside, weather permitting. Students will stay in small groups with their class cohort.

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  • What will remote learning days look like under Plan B?

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    All Craven County Schools learning will be “blended” this school year. This means that students will receive both in-person (if they attend on Plan B) and remote (at home) or synchronous (at the same time - if on PLan B or Craven LIVE, or if we transition to Plan C) or asynchronous (anytime anywhere). Even face to face will look different but we are creating a blended learning environment for students. 

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  • What will Resources (Art, Music, PE) look like?

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    For elementary students, the resource teachers will instruct students in their classroom or outside.

    In middle school, these exploratory classes will still be offered.  When possible these classes will be conducted outside with social distancing protocols being followed.

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  • Will students be allowed to check out library books or books from classroom libraries?

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    Students will have access to the public library resources on an app on their iPad.

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  • Do we know anything about programs with the YMCA or other community partners?

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    We are currently in discussions with the YMCA regarding programs for our students on remote learning days and after-school care. Once we have additional information from the YMCA we will share it with our families.

    We have also reached out to many of our childcare providers to see if they can accommodate our families. Many said they are willing to work with our families to the best of their ability so we encourage you to reach out. 

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  • Will students have assignments on Wednesdays since this is a remote learning day?

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    Yes, students will be participating in asynchronous remote learning on Wednesdays since this is an instructional day.

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  • What’s the schedule for the early college children that are starting full college classes?

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    Craven Community College has not determined yet what schedule they will be following. As soon as this information is available we will share. Please note if the CCC determines the course will be delivered online, the student will be expected to participate virtually and if the course is delivered in person, the student will be expected to attend class

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  • If my child starts with Plan B and things do not work out, can we switch to Craven LIVE?

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    Since instruction has already started, they will continue with remote learning through Plan B. It will be important to let your child’s teacher know your child will no longer be attending school for face to face instruction. Please know your child’s teacher will not be readily accessible on the days they are delivering face to face instruction. Office hours will be established so your child’s teacher can provide assistance if needed.

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  • Accountability: Will the end of grade tests be waived for 2020-2021?

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    Decisions about end-of-grade and end-of-course testing will be made by the State Board of Education and the North Carolina General Assembly. All testing waivers must be requested by the North Carolina State Board of Education and approved by the US Department of Education.

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  • Additional Face-to-Face: If a lot of students move to Craven LIVE will more face-to-face spots open?

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    That is our hope. Once we have a good idea of the number of students opting for Craven LIVE, we will be better able to determine the number of students that could be in our buildings while following social distancing guidelines and appropriate supervision.

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  • Exceptional Children: Will children with exceptional needs be getting face-to-face instruction?

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    Yes. All of our students will have a schedule for face-to-face instruction. The schedule will depend on which grade and grade span (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and will also depend on whether the student has the ability to access remote instruction. Teachers of children with exceptional needs, our leadership in our Exceptional needs programs, principals and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) teams will be helping to make those schedules. Schools will be making contact with families in the coming weeks.

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  • Face Coverings: When are students expected to wear face coverings when in school?

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    It is expected that students wear face coverings throughout the day unless they are eating or drinking.  There will be "mask breaks" throughout the day when conditions are so it is safe for students to remove the mask for a short period of time.

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  • General Question: Is there any possibility of plan A at any point during the 2020-2021 school year?

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    It is Craven County School's hope that we will be able to have ALL students return to face to face instruction. We must follow the guidelines from the Governor, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, and our local health officials as we make the best decisions for our students. 

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  • General Question: Will siblings be given priority to attend school on the same days?

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    Yes, we will use data from Powerschool to identify families so we can assign students who live in the same household to the same days for face to face instruction.  

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  • General Question: Will the teacher be the same for in-person days as well as remote days?

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    Yes. The teacher will still have a "normal" course load to the extent possible. So, depending on the grade span (1-5, 6-8, or 9-12) students will be divided up either into A, B, C, or D groups and will come to school based on that schedule and teachers will only have in-person contact with either a half or a quarter of their students on any given instructional day. 

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  • General Questions: When will we find out our child(ren)'s group (A, B, C, or D)?

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    Our Director of Data and Accountabiity is working to assign all students to a group and match siblings in the same family on similar schedules. These group assignments will be communicated by schools at the beginning of August.

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  • Health Protocols: How/When will students wash hands?

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    Students will have access to hand sanitizer in every classroom through mounted hand sanitizer stations. There will be visual cues throughout the building and especially in restrooms to both remind students to wash hands after using restrooms but also how to do it correctly. 

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  • Health Protocols: When will student temperatures be checked?

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    Students will receive temperature and symptom monitoring each morning at one of three locations 1) before getting on the bus, 2) before getting out of the car-pool lane (or in the parking lot before entering at a HS) or 3) before entering the buiiding after walking to school. In addition, a 2nd check will occur during lunch time for all students. 

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  • Health Protocols: When/where will mask (face covering) breaks happen?

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    To the extent possible, breaks for students and staff wearing masks will occur outside. However, when there is a weather issue, these breaks can be faciitated in the classroom in their seats with the time being limited. Because classrooms will be rearranged for physical distancing and CDC guidelines maintain that the goal is to remain with faces uncovered for less than 10 minutes while maintaining a distance of at least six (6) feet apart. 

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  • Internet Access: What happens if a student does not have consistent internet access?

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    Craven County Schools has established processes (which is part of the Remote Instruction Plan), using the in-person schedule, for students to upload a week's worth of assignments on the student devices and then, upon returning to the next in-person instruction day to be able to download the completed assignments from the students. This will enable students to stay on schedule with their peers. In addition, internet access points in our school facilities and throughout our community will be publicized to enable students to have more regular access to content (such as recordings of in-person lesson presentations by teachers) on a more regular basis than once or twice a week. 

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  • School Nutrition: How much time will students have to eat meals?

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    Students will have the normally allotted amount of time to eat meals. Meals will be eaten in classrooms. However, as students are required to wear face coverings, they will need to replace theri face coverings as soon as they are done eating their meals to maintain the health protocols for themselves and others. 

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  • School Nutrition: Where will students eat?

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    All students will eat in classrooms to sustain physical distancing and reduce the amount of individual ineractions that students have in a day. 

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  • Student Schedule: What will student schedules look like on the days when they are not face-to-face?

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    All students (and their families) will receive a weekly schedule before the week begins. This schedule or "playlist" will include links to the lesson objectives, lesson activities (syncrhonous and asynchronous), the independent practice, and assessments. All of this information will be accessed through the learning management system. The face-to-face and the remote/virtual schedules will be coupled. As a result, instruction will be blended in the face-to-face portion (i.e., there will be some regular synchronous presentation and activities and there will be independent work for students to complete with the opportunity to receive extra in-person assistance from the teacher). The students at home will be experiencing a similiar schedule with some synchronous meetings (for the presentation of lesson and collaborative activities which will be with done with the in-person students) and asynchronous work. We feel it is important to maintain the face-to-face instruction and build the relationships with teachers that are so critical to student success.

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  • Student Schedule: Will elementary students still have recess?

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    Yes. Students will have recess with their classroom only. Students will wear masks and they will maintain physical distancing outdoors as well. 

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  • Student Schedule: Will students be expected to be online at certain times?

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    Yes. There will be a schedule published for students weekly that communicates the in-person times (or online) and the expectations for asynchronous learning as well. This will look differently than it did in the spring as there will be limits to the amount of time we want students to be required to be in front of a screen. We want to facilitate more authentic learning experiences that take advantage of the time in the community or at home as well as have students being active and engaged in creating content rather than consuming it the majority of the time.  

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  • Student Schedule: Will students change classes?

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    Students in the K-8 grades will not change classes. Teachers will be the people who make the changes. In grades 9-13, students will change classes. However, there will be a lot of structual cues and sheduling to facilitate physical distancing. This will include one-way hallways. As a reminder, our schools will only have a quarter of the students in the buiding on any given day which will facilitate much less opportunity for interaction. 

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Craven LIVE Q & A

  • Can students enrolled in Craven LIVE still take College and Career Promise (CCP)Dual Enrollment

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    Courses?

    Yes, Craven LIVE students who registered for CCP courses can still take those courses.  The community college is offering over 50 virtual courses. There are some Career and Technical courses that do require on-campus attendance.  Please contact your school counselor for more details and assistance.
     

     

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  • What is the difference between Plan C and Craven LIVE?

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    Under Plan C, all students will be participating in remote learning until the Board decides it is safe to move back to Plan B. Currently, students will be operating under Plan C during the first 9 weeks of school (Oct. 2nd for Early Colleges & Oct. 16th for traditional schools). Prior to the end of the first 9 weeks, the Board of Education will make a decision based on the current local and state COVID health metrics whether it is safe to move back to Plan B for the 2nd 9 weeks. If so, we will start with Plan B schedule for face to face instruction, blended with remote instruction. If we are not in a safe position to return, we will continue under Plan C. Students participating in Plan C will have teachers assigned to them from their home school.

    Craven LIVE is a 100% virtual learning opportunity for our students. Students enrolled will commit to this learning environment for at least the first semester with the ability to commit to the second semester in November. Students will have teachers assigned to them possibly from their home school or other teachers from the district. Craven LIVE teachers have been assigned to work in the virtual academy and are passionate about this online teaching and learning model. 

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  • What is the start date for Craven LIVE for Early College students?

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    The first day for students enrolled in the Early College will be August 3rd. This is aligned with the Early College Calendar.

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  • What will the Craven LIVE class sizes be?

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    This will depend on the number of students that register for Craven LIVE in each grade level however, class sizes should not vary greatly from regular class sizes.

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  • Will students participating in Craven LIVE have an opportunity to ask questions live?

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    There will be synchronous (“live”) sessions for students to interact directly with the teacher and peers as well as asynchronous sessions where students are working independently.  Students and parents will be provided guidance on how to contact their teacher for assistance during asynchronous time. These times will be flexible to respond to the differing needs of our students, their families, and our educators. 

     

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  • Career and Technical Education: What CTE Courses will be available through Craven LIVE?

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    We will attempt to provide any career and technical education course that can be offered through virtual delivery. Some CTE elective classes that require hands-on instruction are not available through Craven LIVE due to the nature of the course (automotive, welding, nursing fundamentals).

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  • Commitment: If I sign my child(ren) up and they cannot get their class, can I switch to Plan B?

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    When parents/families/students make a commitment to Craven LIVE it is for a semester or for the school year. However, if a high school student is not able to get a course they need for graduation, which was on their previous schedule, we will enable them to change to Plan B before school begins. We will search for other options like the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) before we say a student will not have access to a pre-registered course.

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  • Elective Courses: How will band, chorus, and physical education be handled in Craven LIVE?

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    Students will be able to participate in band, chorus, and physical education in Craven LIVE through goal setting, individual performance, and both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. 

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  • Extra-Curricular Activities: Can my child participate in Craven LIVE and participate in athletics?

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    Yes. All Craven County Schools students enrolled in Craven LIVE will still be enrolled at their home (attendance area) school. If there are athletic opportunities in the 2020-2021 school year through the middle school athletic association or the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, students will be able to participate. In addition, any other extra-curricular activiteis provided during the 2020-2021 school year at any school will be open to Craven LIVE students connected to their home campus. 

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  • General Question: Will my child(ren) be in class with students from the home school?

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    This is our intention. There may be a situation where grade levels that have less than a full class enrollment at a school would be paired with another (attendance) area school. However, it is our goal to maintain students with home school teachers to the greatest extent possible. To be clear, in the event that there has to be a teacher from another school, we will work to use teachers in the same attendance area.

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  • General Question: Will my child(ren) be taught by teachers at their base school?

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    This is our intention. There may be a situation where grade levels that have less than a full class enrollment at a school would be paired with another (attendance) area school. However, it is our goal to maintain students with home school teachers to the greatest extent possible. In the event that there has to be a teacher from another school, we will work to use teachers in the same attendance area.

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  • General Questions: Can Elementary aged students participate in Craven LIVE?

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    Yes. Craven LIVE is open to enrolled Craven County Schools students in grades K-13.

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  • General Questions: How long do we have to commit to Craven LIVE?

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    Students will have to commit to Craven LIVE for at least one semester. 

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  • General Questions: How much time will my student be online if they enroll in Craven LIVE?

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    The amount of time a student will spend in front of a device will depend on the age of the student and which courses they are taking. There will be ample time for independent learning activities and breaks, including lunch and time, physical education, breaks, social and emotional learning opportunities and other activities, built into the schedule.

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  • General Questions: What academic calendar will Craven LIVE operate from?

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    Craven LIVE will operate from the traditional calendar. This means the first day of school for virtual learning will be on August 17, 2020. 

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  • General Questions: What are the requirements to enroll at Craven LIVE?

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    Students need to be residents of Craven County, enrolled in Craven County Schools. You can register here if you are not a current CCS student. In addition, students and their families who select Craven LIVE will need relliable internet access. 

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  • General Questions: What classes will be offered to Craven LIVE students?

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    Courses offered to students will include all grade K-12 courses in the core (English/Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies). Because course offerings for the Virtual Academy will be built based on the needs of students who enroll (what courses they have registered for) and the availability of teachers, it is difficult to definitively identify exactly which specific courses will be available at this point.  Simply put, the more students who enroll, the larger and more expansive the list of courses will become.  The intent will be to make every effort to ensure that there is a baseline menu of both core and elective course offerings across multiple content areas.

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  • General Questions: Who will teach Craven LIVE courses?

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    Craven LIVE will be taught by Craven County Schools teachers. There may be instances where a student will have to enroll in a class through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).

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  • General Questions: Will Early College students be able to participate in Craven LIVE?

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    Yes. Early College students (and all enrolled Craven LIVE students) will remain enrolled at their home school. Because of the unique academic program of Early College, students will still have to comply with Craven Commuity College requirements for course participation which may or may not coincide with a total remote or virtual learning delivery system. 

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  • General Questions: Will students receive any mental health support?

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    Students will receive counseling and social-emotional support from school staff as part of the core instructional program.

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  • Parent Engagement: How much time and/or support will be needed by parents to support Craven LIVE?

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    Students will need varying levels of support in online instruction. Typically, younger students need closer supervision and assistance. This might come from a parent, guardian, grandparent, older sibling, or other members of a child’s support system. We will work with families to ensure that they have the academic support they need for a successful experience.

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  • School Nutrition: Will students who participate in Craven LIVE be able to receive meals if in need?

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    Yes. Information on how this will occur will be forthcoming. For clarity, it is possible that the meals will be located at hub sites and will have to be picked up by students/families. 

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  • Technology Required: What will my child need to be successful in Craven LIVE?

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    Students will be provided a device (an iPad) from the school system. Students will also need a regular/reliable source of internet access. We will also work to provide internet hotspots for students in need. 

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  • Technology Support: What type of support will we have if there is a technical problem?

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    Technical support will be available by the school system during designated hours. In addition, for application or instructional based support, the child's teacher will be available during their posted online hours to provide support and assistance. 

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