RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)– Schools in North Carolina have been discussing plans on how to reopen safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In June, Gov. Roy Cooper said he wants school buildings to reopen, but he “won’t be reckless with such an important decision.”
While Cooper has not announced a statewide reopening plan for North Carolina schools, many schools have a plan prepared based on guidelines from the state.
Here is a list with tentative plans for public schools in the following counties:
Schools will likely open under what Wake County Public Schools calls Plan B – a combination of in-person and remote learning.
Durham Public Schools Superintendent Pascal Mubenga will host a virtual town hall meeting Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to share more details about the plan for DPS to welcome students back this fall.
Johnston County Public Schools
- Plan A: All students return to school with minimal social distancing including enhanced health and sanitation protocols.
- Plan B: Limited students (50 percent of students physically present at one time) returning to school with moderate social distancing and further enhanced health and sanitation protocols.
- Plan C: No students return to school and remote learning continues.
Orange County Public Schools says it is waiting for further guidance from the state before it makes plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
Cumberland County Schools held a meeting on July 9 to discuss the 2020-2021 traditional school year.
The committee presented three plans and recommended going with a plan that includes blended learning by rotating weeks between different student groups.
In this plan, all grade-level students would be split into groups to rotate participation between in-person and remote instruction.
Previously, Cumberland County Schools announced that its four year-round schools would begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely on July 9.
However, based on a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina General Assembly, the district’s year-round schools will now follow the traditional calendar and begin the new school year on August 17, the release said.
Wayne County Public Schools are conducting a number of surveys to get parent and staff input on reopening decisions in the fall.
Wilson County Schools have decided to have online-only classes for the first nine weeks of the school year. They will re-evaluate the plan after that.
Nash County Public Schools says it has started a NCPS Reopening Task Force. The task force is in the early stages of planning for the 2020-21 school year.
A final draft of the reopening plan for Nash County schools is expected in late July.