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MONROE — A staff member at East Union Middle has tested positive for COVID-19, and as a result, several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department.

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Is your child safe at college? It’s normal for parents who send their kids off to college to worry about their well being, but during a pandemic, health becomes an even bigger concern.

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MONROE — Students at East Elementary School squealed at the sight of an adult pig heart presented by Michelle Hage, Atrium Health liaison.

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Union County Public Schools is finding creative ways to help students gain access to Wi-Fi during the pandemic, allowing them to participate in online learning. UCPS is parking 15 Wi-Fi enabled buses in designated locations and creating community hotspots, which allow a maximum of 50 student…

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MONROE — For the 12th year in a row, Union Academy Charter School’s business office has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting and the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from both the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and …

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INDIAN TRAIL — Four years after a $54 million bond referendum passed in Union County, the largest project funded by the bond is nearly complete.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to the forefront the need to be as self-sufficient as possible, and that includes the ability to grow food. At Western Union Elementary School in Waxhaw, the outdoor learning lab exposes students to preparing the soil, planting a garden and maintaining it. B…

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UNION COUNTY — The Union County Board of Education (BOE) has voted 8-1 to maintain their current plan to add a second day of in-person instruction for Pre-Kindergarten through the 12th grade. The vote was taken during a special called meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 22).

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MONROE — Four positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in association with South Providence School in Waxhaw, according to a report from Union County Public Schools’ communications department. As a result, several students and staff members may have been exposed to the virus.

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MONROE — Class is in session for parents of students at East Elementary. The public school has formed the Eagle Collaborative Academy (ECA) as an instructional guide for parents to assist in reinforcing the education children receive from the school.

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RALEIGH — N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced that students at public elementary schools have the option to return for in-person, full-time instruction under Plan A starting on Oct. 5. The decision to allow students and schools to operate under Plan A, he said, is backed up by science and dat…

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MONROE — Some working parents struggle with child care for their school-aged children due to the limitations put on society by COVID-19 and the Union County Public Schools remote learning requirement. Having few child care options for K-5 students puts stress on families.

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MONROE — Teachers from across the 53 Union County Public Schools are submitting their LIFT grant applications. The proposed project must include a budget that ranges between $750 and $1,500, and the deadline for submitting a LIFT grant application is Friday, Sept. 11, at midnight.

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Union County Public Schools students in the Class of 2021 are customizing their parking spaces. The creativity and attention to detail give them a diversion to focus on while they endure the limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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UNION COUNTY — In a 7-2 vote, the Union County Board of Education (BOE) voted to add a second day of in-person instruction starting on Sept. 29, which is the end of the first six weeks of school.

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MONROE — The Union County Community Arts Council and South Piedmont Community College are partnering to bring arts to the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual classes will bring visual art, culinary arts, and music to life throughout the fall.

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WEDDINGTON — An unknown suspect caused an estimated $5,000 worth of damage to the front, red brick facade of Weddington High School’s main building when they removed three banners and spray painted “Black Lives Matter,” according to the Union County Sheriff’s Office (UCSO); the crime took pl…

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WAXHAW — Dr. Chpryelle Carr, pediatrician at Atrium Health Levine Children’s Waxhaw Pediatrics, is providing families with tips on how to keep kids safe and healthy as they return to school during a pandemic.

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MONROE — Two staff members at Poplin Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19 and as a result, several staff members may have been exposed to the virus, according to report from Union County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Tahira Stalberte; as a result, Poplin Elementary w…

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WINGATE — Union County Sheriff’s Office Deputy A.J. Wallace had just begun the new school year Monday morning (Aug. 17) and was making his rounds through the Wingate Elementary School cafeteria about 7:40 a.m. when he noticed a teacher grabbing a student by his stomach, as if he was choking,…

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MONROE — With students returning to school this week across Union County for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout the nation, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has issued guidelines to help families stay safe.

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UNION COUNTY — Studies have shown students are more successful in school when they are getting healthy meals. Although Union County Public Schools will offer a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning this year, meals will still be offered to all students, whether they are enrolled in Plan B…

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UNION COUNTY — Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is ranked 111th out of 115 school districts for equality in education in a list published by WalletHub on Wednesday.

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MONROE — Almost 8,000 students (18.6% of the student population) have opted in for Union County Public Schools “Plan D” virtual academy for the fall semester of 2020. For those who have decided to move forward with “Plan B”, which includes one day a week of on-campus learning, UCPS officials…

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MONROE — Chinmay Singh earned first place at the National 10th Grade Math Competition, according to a report from Union Academy Charter School. The competition was going to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, it was held virtually.

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UNION COUNTY — Almost 8,000 students are registered for the virtual academy offered by Union County Public Schools (UCPS) for the fall semester of 2020. UCPS serves approximately 42,000 students; the 7,849 students who are enrolled make up 18.6% of the student population.

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TUSCALOOSA, AL — A total of 16,470 students enrolled during the 2020 spring semester at The University of Alabama were named to the Dean’s List with an academic record of 3.5 or above, or the President’s List with an academic record of 4.0 (all A’s).

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MONROE — Morgan Eudy, 20, of Monroe has been selected as the first recipient of the William F. Morris, DO Scholarship presented by Campbell University. Eudy is part of the Class of 2022.

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RALEIGH — The University of North Carolina Board of Governors is keeping tuition and fees the same no matter what happens with COVID-19. But while UNC insists the value of classes remains high — even when those classes are held via Zoom — students tell Carolina Journal this isn’t the college…

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Area schools, colleges included, will begin again in less than a month. Public schools, under Governor Roy Cooper’s plan, will operate under a hybrid of in-person and remote learning.

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UNION COUNTY — On Thursday, The Enquirer-Journal asked its social media followers for their opinions on how Union County Public Schools chose to reopen schools this fall.

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UNION COUNTY — Three hours after Governor Roy Cooper announced the state’s plan to reopen K-12 public schools next month, Union County Public Schools (UCPS) announced a plan to execute it. The school district will follow Cooper’s plan, which is a hybrid of in-person and remote learning, howe…

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Voluntary workouts for high school athletes planning to play a high school sport have started, and athletes at Parkwood High School are among those taking advantage of the opportunity. Participation in summer activities must not be required and cannot be a prerequisite for making a team, acc…

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CONWAY, S.C. — More than 2,300 undergraduate students at Coastal Carolina University were named to the Dean’s List for the Spring 2020 semester, and 9 of them have local ties, according to a report from the school.

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Thales Academy, a college preparatory network of Pre-K-12 independent schools, plans to open its 10 campuses, including its Waxhaw campus, for the first day of school on July 20, 2020 as scheduled for the first quarter of its year-round calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

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MONROE — Parkwood High School will no longer use the nickname “Rebels.” In a 6-2 vote on Tuesday, the Union County Board of Education voted to remove the “Rebels” nickname.

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MARVIN — Two weeks after Marvin Ridge High School held an outdoor graduation ceremony, the Union County Public Health Department has identified 16 people who both attended the ceremony and tested positive for COVID-19.