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Need to Know — Back-to-School Updates: August 14, 2020
Published by Sandra Ezzelle on August 15, 2020

Fayetteville, N.C. – Monday, August 17 will be the first day of school for Cumberland County Schools (CCS) students. Our goal is to keep students, parents, and staff abreast of everything that is going on to “set the stage” for a successful school year.

“This is a new frontier for all of us as we embark upon a new normal. It is important that we pace ourselves — this is a marathon, not a sprint … we will succeed as long as we remain focused on what is most important — providing every student with equitable access to engaging learning that prepares them to be competitive, collaborative, and successful in our global world. You see, our vision has not changed. We remain committed to the success of every child.”   

                                         — CCS Superintendent Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.


The first day of school is always met with some uncertainty, nervousness and excitement as students find their classrooms, meet their teachers and get to know new friends. The beginning of this school year will look a little different – this is a new frontier for all of us. We are excited to welcome our students back to school, with safety being our number one priority. Educators and staff have worked extremely hard to prepare for their virtual arrival. This new school year brings a fresh start for everyone. Check out the CCS Back-to-School Guide for information about schedules and much more.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we are poised to deliver all of our instruction remotely for at least the first six weeks of school in order to protect the health of our students, faculty, staff and community. Classes and instruction will be delivered remotely through at least September 25, provided that COVID-19 conditions have improved sufficiently in Cumberland County such that Plan B (Blended-Remote and Face-to-Face Learning) can be safely implemented.
Through this, we must remember that a CCS education, whether delivered in-person or online, is an excellent education for all students.
During the first two weeks of school, we will focus on “setting the stage” by building a robust remote-learning environment throughout the district using the following guiding principles:
  • Build a Strong Classroom Culture
  • Ensure Students’ Needs Are Met
  • Provide Students with the Necessary Tools
  • Learn the Basics and Prepare for Success
The top priority during the first week of school is making sure students receive devices and materials, and it’s also important for them to connect with their teachers.
Find out how we are “setting the stage” for a successful school year with Operation Smooth Start.
CCS is providing flexibility for students, including on-demand tutors. Through [email protected] On Demand, each attendance area will provide an alternative time for remote learning for students who are unable to participate in the daily remote learning LIVE schedule.
Meal sites will resume operations on August 17 with added locations and new times that align with the instructional day.
August 17 – 31: Free meals will be available to all children 18 yrs and younger, per Summer Food Service Program Guidelines.
Starting September 1: Meals will be provided to CCS-ENROLLED STUDENTS based on their status for free-, reduced- or full-paying meal benefits, in accordance with the National School Lunch Program guidelines. Find out more at
Prime Time Before & After School Program will not operate during Plan C (Total Remote Learning). However, once the district moves to Plan B (Blended-Remote and Face-to-Face Learning), it will resume operations. Additional information will be provided once registration opens.
Families may continue completing the technology needs survey to request a device for their child. The district is asking all families with a student in grades K-12 to complete the survey indicating device needs for each student. The survey, which can be found here:, will remain open through the first week of school. Survey responses will help district and school staff better understand the needs of students. Future device deployment opportunities will be organized and shared by individual schools. More Details.
If you have questions about connectivity and/or your device, call the Technology Helpline at (910) 678-2618.
iBUS LOCATIONS (WiFi connectivity for students)
Eighty school buses with WiFi connectivity will be deployed this week around the community to support connectivity. Students will have access to the username and password in order to use the bus as a mobile hotspot. The range of connectivity for each bus is the size of a football field. Students in the selected communities should be able to stay in their homes and connect to buses. iBus Locations
Buses will be parked at each location from 7:45-4:45, Monday through Friday.
Login Information
  • The Wireless SSID is: CCSBus
  • The Password to connect is: ccsbus2020
If you have questions, contact us via email at [email protected] or call (910) 475-8026.
For additional back-to-school information, visit
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.