Covid FAQ

Campus Updates

What are the major dates for end-of-year 2019-2020
  • May 22, 7pm               Baccalaureate, in a virtual format
  • May 22                         CA graduation announcement in N&O 
  • May 29, 1pm               Upper School Awards Assembly, in a virtual format  
  • June 5, 10am              Grade 8 Celebration, in a virtual format
  • August 1                      Commencement, in person, if possible.


    Dates for locker cleanout and yearbook distribution are still being determined. 
Is the campus open?

March 30, 2020


  • All buildings are locked, and the campus remains off-limits for recreational activity.
  • We do have a few essential employees on campus to ensure business operations and security. This includes technology support.
  • Students needing tech support should contact If hardware support is needed, you will be able to drop-off, pick-up machines in the Admin/Library roundabout by appointment.
  • If a student needs to pick something up in a locker, please email Jeff Wacenske ( to arrange. Employees needing to pick up items can still access the buildings with their badges.
What is the status of the 2019-2020 school year?

April 18, 2020 

Finishing T3

After careful consideration, we have determined that we will finish T3 virtually. Even if there is a loosening of social distancing guidelines in the next month, we recognize that circumstances within some families will make a return to normalcy difficult this spring. We want to ensure that our core academic program is completed in the least disruptive and most equitable way possible. While we continue to hold out hope there may be opportunities to physically gather in late May or early June for socialization or celebration, any such activity will be voluntary.

We know this news is disappointing, especially the disruption of cherished end-of-year traditions. We are disappointed as well. We are confident, though, that we can all work together to create safe and special moments that will be remembered for years to come. We will communicate more details about May and June celebrations in the coming weeks. 

Reporting Academic Progress

There has been quite a bit of conversation locally and nationally regarding pass/fail grading in the time of coronavirus. Since the start of T3, we have been grading using our normal metrics, and we do not see a compelling enough reason to alter course. We are proud of the efforts put forth by students to own their learning, and we believe reporting on work done this term using traditional grades is feasible and fair within our context at Cary Academy. For a more thorough explanation of our rationale, please see the attachment with this message. 

How to Protect Myself

What should I do if I had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

There is information for people who have had close contact with a person confirmed to have, or being evaluated for, COVID-19 available online.

How Can I protect myself?

Visit the COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment page to learn about how to protect yourself from respiratory illnesses, like COVID-19.

How it Spreads

How does the virus spread?

This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.

The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Useful Resources

CDC Corona Updates

Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Corona Virus Map

Global Cases and Data Map


NC Division of Public Health

US State Department

Travel Advisories


Wake County Public Schools


World Health Organization