Remote Learning, Grading Guidelines, and Graduation

Posted on 04/30/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I appreciate your support and encouragement during the challenging times surrounding COVID-19.  The rapid response and makeover that has been implemented since the middle of March has been unbelievable.  This transformation doesn’t just occur by chance; it takes a tremendous amount of work and dedication put forth by everyone to accomplish the great things happening in our school district.

During a press conference on Friday, April 24, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement that all schools in North Carolina will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year because of ongoing concerns related to the coronavirus.  Although our school buildings are closed for in-person instruction, remote learning will continue.  We highly encourage students to continue working with teachers by engaging in remote learning and completing all assignments.  State standards and course concepts continue to be taught and students are expected to participate - to the best of their ability - in order to complete the school year and/or course.  In addition, this year’s remote instruction will better enable students to prepare for the next academic year.  Continual learning is extremely important, so please communicate with the school if your student is having difficulty accessing learning opportunities.

The State Board of Education has released grading guidelines that differ for elementary, middle, and high schools.  The guidelines can be found on our website at  However, additional information is forthcoming, especially for ninth through eleventh grade students.  Students in grades 9-11 will be presented grading options.  If you have any additional questions about grading, please contact your student’s school. 

As for our graduating Class of 2020, we have been meeting often to discuss the many possible variations of graduation ceremonies.  Our hope is to hold our commencement ceremonies on the school campus with safety precautions.  However, this all depends upon the level of restrictions we are under during that time.  Cleveland County Schools and our high schools are committed to ensuring the best possible experience for our seniors.  We will continue to monitor the State’s phase-by-phase reopening and will plan accordingly.  As we have additional information about graduation plans, we will continue to update students and parents.

We also will continue our meal program through the end of the school year. Information about our summer feeding program will be available later in the school year.  During this unprecedented time, please know that we will continue to provide updated information to you as it becomes available. 


Stephen Fisher, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Cleveland County Schools