COVID-19 Response & Resources

Operation Polaris

Superintendent Truitt’s vision for how North Carolina public schools will overcome the challenges of the pandemic while working to achieve the long-term goals of ensuring a sound basic education for all students.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

North Carolina has submitted their P-EBT plan for the 2021-22 school year to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). USDA must review and approve North Carolina’s P-EBT plan before DHHS can issue any benefits for the new school year. This website will be updated with more information as it becomes available.

Student P-EBT Reminder: Students must attend a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and be approved for the free or reduced-price meal program to be considered for P-EBT. If your child attends a school that participates in the NSLP and you have not submitted your application for free or reduced-price meals yet for this school year, please do so through your child’s school.  

Check if your child’s school is participating in the NSLP for the 2021-22 school year.

Strong SchoolsNC Toolkit

Feb. 2, 2021: Gov. Roy Cooper, NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, Superintendent Catherine Truitt, and SBE Chairman Eric Davis call for all schools statewide to reopen with in-person instruction for all students with proper prevention measures in place. NC DHHS issued updated guidance to the Strong SchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit.

Lighting Our Way Forward

Document that provides an overview and links to guide and support districts, charter schools and communities in determining plans and strategies for reopening schools.

COVID-19 Parent Video FAQ Series

A video series featuring NCDPI’s Dr. Beverly Emory, Deputy Superintendent for District Support, and Dr. David Stegall, Deputy Superintendent for Innovation answering questions on topics related to school closures because of COVID-19.

NC Remote Learning Resources

These evolving websites are spaces for collaboration between local public school units and NCDPI that includes instructional resources, online pedagogy considerations, resources for leadership, and more. The sites will be updated frequently, so we encourage you to visit often. 

COVID-19 No Kid Hungry NC-School Meal Availability

This is an incredible resource thanks to collaborative efforts with No Kid Hungry NC and NCDPI. Please note this is a living document and is being updated as new information becomes available.

Guidance Summary Document for SB654

COVID-19 Response for NC Public Schools