2021-2022 Back-to-School Superintendent’s Message

  • The yellow school buses will soon be rolling again as we embark upon a new school year, and I want to extend a warm “welcome back to school” to our students, families, faculty and staff. 


    We are excited about welcoming our students back into our classrooms for full-time, in-person learning. So much goes into planning for a new school year, but this year is unique — it’s the beginning of a new school year following a global pandemic. 


    We know all too well the devastating impact of COVID-19 and how it disrupted life as we knew it. To our resilient students, dedicated educators and staff, supportive families, and our committed community partners, I want to assure you that we are ready for the Great Comeback! 


    COVID-19 has forced us to think differently about how we educate our young people — and that’s a good thing! As we prepare for the Great Comeback, we have an opportunity of a lifetime to reignite our students’ passion for earning, reimagine learning opportunities, refocus on raising student achievement, and restore a sense of normalcy in the lives of our students and staff. We will continue to embrace the lessons learned as we strive to implement robust learning experiences for our students.


    Moving forward, we will continue following the safety protocols in the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit, and we’ll make adjustments as we receive updates from the State. We know families have questions about ‘all things’ back to school, which is why we have created an online Back-to-School Guide to share important back-to-school information with families. To find school calendars, information about school meals and so much more, be sure to visit the site today. Schools will also host open house events to provide students and families with important back-to-school information before classes begin.


    Again, welcome back. Over this next school year, we look forward to continuing our quest to provide your child with everything he or she needs to become capable, confident and successful in life. Whether your child is attending a specialized choice program or one of our neighborhood schools, you’ll find caring and dedicated educators and staff who are skilled in knowing your child and bringing out his or her potential.


    Words are insufficient to fully convey my gratitude and appreciation to you — our students, families, employees, Board of Education and community partners — for your continued support of Cumberland County Schools. 


    Let’s make it an exceptional year and remain #CumberlandStrong!


    Dr. Marvin Connelly, Jr.,

    Superintendent, Cumberland County Schools

Dr. Marvin Connelly Jr.