New Hanover County Schools




New Hanover County Schools COVID-19 Update for Wednesday, March 18, 2020


This statement supersedes all previous communication. Please note that this information is accurate as of March 18, 2020 - 2:30 PM. We are continuing to monitor this evolving situation, and we will provide updates.
Governor Roy Cooper has ordered all K-12 schools to close for two weeks. New Hanover County Schools will be closed for students beginning Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27. This includes all before and after-school programs and pre-K programs. NHCS continues to follow guidance outlined by Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 117, the CDC, and the NC Division of Public Health.
NHCS Limits Groups to 10 People 
New Hanover County Schools is following federal and state guidance and limiting in-person meetings and facility use in confined spaces to less than 10 people. 
Facilities & Building Access
At the current time, schools continue to be open to the public from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for retrieval of essential items such as medications and other essential equipment. The NHCS administration buildings are open to the public from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 
Individuals needing to conduct business at a NHCS facility are encouraged to call facilities ahead of time to determine if their concerns can be addressed over the phone. Please note, public access to schools is currently under review statewide. NHCS will notify the public of any changes and how it may impact meal service and student work packets.
Meal Service & Volunteers 
On Wednesday, March 18, 2,900 meals were served at NHCS meal service sites.
Beginning on Thursday, March 19, in addition to the 14 meal service sites currently in operation, NHCS will deliver pre-ordered meals to St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 300 Harper Ave. in Carolina Beach. Families should contact their local school by 4:00 p.m. to pre-order meals for delivery to St. Paul’s the following day. 
Meals provided will include lunch for that day and breakfast for the following morning. Meals will be delivered and distributed from a bus in the parking lot beginning at 11:30 a.m. Verification of the meals being distributed to children 18 years or younger is required and parents and/or guardians may pick up meals. 
Volunteer organizations wanting to assist should go through the New Hanover Disaster Coalition. The contact is Audry Hart at 910-338-9121.