RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Thousands of Wake County middle and high school students are back in their classrooms this Thursday morning.
With the switch back to in-person learning, the Wake County Public School System is also making changes to its COVID protocols as these students return to in-school instruction.
Many of the district’s elementary students have been back for several weeks. Now, middle and high school students on the traditional calendar are making their return.
Schools are now running under Plan A, which means students and staff will need to wear masks and they’re encouraged to practice social distancing but it’s no longer required. The district is also no longer performing temperature checks or health screenings at school. They are now asking parents to perform the screenings at home.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services removed the checks as requirements for schools across the state. Durham, along with Orange and Chatham county schools, said they will continue the health screenings and temperature checks at schools.
Broughton High School student Henry Fullbright said he expects his fellow students to hold up their end of the deal.
“The teachers are excited, we’re excited, so I think it’s gonna be a good rest of the year,” said Fullbright, who is a freshman at the high school.
English teacher Bill Schmidt said today felt like the first day of school and it was good to see his students outside of a computer screen.
“It’s really nice to have them there nodding along, laughing at your jokes instead of just silence,” Schmidt said.
Wake County also has a virtual academy for students who don’t feel ready to go to in-person classes.