Durham Public Schools outlines coronavirus plans in emergency meeting


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – In an emergency meeting Wednesday evening, Durham Public Schools officials opted to take a case-by-case approach on canceling extracurricular activities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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The Durham Public Schools Board of Education considered three options for extracurricular activities: recommend all at-risk populations not attend, cancel all extracurricular events, or let the superintendent and Durham County Public Health Department have the authority to work together on criteria for the cancellation of extracurriculars.

All out-of-state travel and overnight field trips are canceled, but field trips in Durham are not canceled. Decisions regarding high school sports will be left to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

Events with anticipated attendance over 200, such as An Evening of Entertainment at the Durham Performing Arts Center and Matilda the Musical at Hillside High School, have been canceled.

Sanitation measures being taken include fogging buses and disinfecting buildings. The school district also said it is keeping an eye on levels for cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer.

The school board voted unanimously to allow Superintendent Pascal Mubenga to enter into contracts related to COVID-19 that are more than $90,000 without the board’s approval.

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