Dare Schools begin online teaching March 23; will provide free meals to county children

By on March 21, 2020

(Dare County Schools)

This was posted on March 16 on the Dare Schools website, daretolearn.org

Dare County Schools is prepared to transition to online learning for all students in grades K-12 on Monday, March 23.

We will use online learning resources to support our students during this difficult and unprecedented time. While we realize online learning cannot fully substitute the quality of a face-to-face classroom, we are prepared to provide our students with creative and unique opportunities to continue their education while schools are closed.

We will leverage our access to technology to limit unnecessary gaps in learning due to this unprecedented school closure. Although we know there will be challenges, Dare County Schools is well positioned to provide online instruction to all of our students because of our one-to-one Chromebook initiative.

  • Students can participate in online learning with any internet capable device: smartphone, school-issued Chromebook, laptop, desktop, iPad or tablet.
  • Our teachers will work to create online classrooms and digital resources during the week of March 16 – March 20.
  • The first day for students to begin online learning is March 23.
  • Online learning will be available to all students in Dare County Schools. Students that do not have a technology device or internet at home can contact our Technology Department for assistance.
  • Our Technology Department will be available through email (itsupport@daretolearn.org) and chat to help students, parents and teachers that have technical support questions. We will do everything we can to ensure that this process works seamlessly.
  • On Monday, March 16, all of our teachers are attending a training on the online learning protocols. Following the training, we will communicate more details to students and parents.
  • On Tuesday, March 17, we will post on this website a list of all of our teachers and information on their online classroom. Teachers will contact students and parents with instructions on how students can enroll in the online course.
  • We will post daily updates to this website.

The student meal program

Our School Nutrition Department has received a waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture that will allow us to serve breakfast and lunch to all children that live in Dare County ages 0-18. These meals are at no cost and will be available as long as our schools are closed due to the Governor’s Executive Order. The meals can be picked up at Manteo Elementary School, First Flight Elementary School, and Cape Hatteras Elementary School. Additionally, we are working with local businesses to arrange a meal pick-up location in each community in Dare County.

Children that want a meal can come to one of the pick-up locations and receive a meal at no cost. Meals will be served Monday through Friday starting on Tuesday, March 17.  Breakfast will be available from 7:45am – 8:45am. Lunch will be available from 11:00am – 12:30am.

Contact School Nutrition Director, Kelleta Govan with questions and for more information.


  • surf123

    There are lots of things that will fade into the sunset after this is over:
    -Conferences and conventions: mostly unnecessary junkets for which there is little redeeming business value.
    -Stores open 24 hours a day.
    -Excessive emphasis on sports and other after school activities.
    -More items being made in the US versus China, especially vital ones.

    Teachers will be a part of this as everyone will figure out that there is plenty of schooling that can be done online (even if it is at a school) and not require as many teachers. I’m not minimizing their value, but the reality is they do a lot of teaching which cannot match that of computerized training which can self-adapt to the individuals skills and learning speed. Our schools systems cannot compete against most European and Asian countries. Some of it is the emphasis on learning that is placed several orders of magnitude above extra-curricular activities such as sports. There is no other way to explain away better results with shorter school days. Businesses use online training regularly and its growth is expanding.

    Major events like this lead to changes in priorities and behaviors. Expect fallout.

    Sunday, Mar 15 @ 6:42 pm

    Re free meal program : Why have children/parents go anywhere to pick up meals ? Use the transportation system already available , SCHOOL BUSES. Have them run normal routes and deliver those meals. For those that walk to school, they would be allowed to pick up their meals at a school. This would cut down on large gatherings at pick up points.

    Monday, Mar 16 @ 5:35 am
  • Steve

    the pick-up point is a half hour drive each way.

    Monday, Mar 16 @ 12:32 pm