COVID-19: Colleges, Universities and Schools

Refer to Executive Orders:

  • March 30: Executive Order 122 help schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19. 
  • March 27: Executive Order 121 issues a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020, directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others. FAQ.

K-12 Schools

A March 23 Executive Order directs K-12 public schools across North Carolina to close for in-person instruction until May 15. Governor Cooper has asked the State Board of Education in collaboration with the Department of Public Instruction and legislators to develop a plan for access to quality education through the remainder of the school year. 

Governor Cooper has appointed an Education and Nutrition Working Group to develop a plan to ensure that children and families are supported while schools are closed. The working group will focus on issues including nutrition, health, childcare access for critical health care and other front-line workers and learning support for children at home. Read the press release.

Colleges and Universities

  • Take precautions to protect students, faculty and staff from the spread of respiratory illnesses
  • Establish a relationship with the local health department and communicate with them if you have any questions or concerns about COVID-19.
  • Make sure you are getting reliable information. All North Carolinians can better prepare for COVID-19 by getting up-to-date information directly from reliable sources like NCDHHS and CDC.

While some may be worried or have concerns about COVID-19, it is important to not let fear and anxiety lead to social stigma toward students and staff.

Remote Learning

See the N.C. Department of Public Instruction for resources on remote learning, internet service offerings map and school meal availability.


See all guidance for colleges, universities and schools.