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Cumberland County converts libraries to learning centers

Posted October 5, 2020 8:59 p.m. EDT

— Cumberland County has converted its libraries into learning centers for students who are the children of county employees.

This was was an idea that was suggested by the County Manager back in August.

Commissioners were told that several county employees who were taking care of residents in critical work areas were taking family medical leave time to take care of their children because schools were closed.

So Monday morning, commissioners voted unanimously on memorandum of agreement with the school system to use six of the eight public libraries as remote learning centers.

We're told 80-percent of the 160 children who have already signed up for the program come from employees from several departments including the Department of Social Services, the Health Department and the Sheriff's Office.

Those employees can drop their children off, and the library staff will provide a safe place with masks and social distancing for children to use their computers for remote learning.​

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