Wake County Public Schools plans to combine in-person and online learning

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN)– As schools around the state wait on Gov. Roy Cooper’s guidance for reopening, we now know what Wake County’s plans are for the fall semester.

Wake County is moving forward with what it calls Plan B– a hybrid model with some students in school, while others are doing online instruction.

K-12 families will have the option to choose the WCPSS Virtual Academy if they are not ready or able to return to a school campus.

“It’s not for every student,” said Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore. “We want to make sure our families are thoughtfully considering that option, and making the best choice for their option.”

The WCPSS Virtual Academy enrollment is uncapped, so it’s unclear how many students will enroll.

“Think about how a day could change if there were only 7 or 8 students in each class every day,” said Moore.

WCPSS is planning to split students into three groups with one week in school, and two weeks of online instruction.

“There may be a rotation that allows teachers to make contact with students during the school day,” said Moore.

When students are inside the classroom, there will be safety guidelines in place.

“All middle and high school students are expected to wear masks, and that will be on the bus and in school buildings,” said Moore. “We will be following that guidance.”

Students who ride the bus will be required to sit in seats by themselves, and answer a three question survey before boarding.

“It will almost certainly take a few days for students to get used to this new routine,” said Wake County School Board Chairman Keith Sutton.

Due to space requirements, WCPSS is asking parents who don’t wish for their child to ride the bus to opt out.

For more information on WCPSS plans for the fall semester, click here.



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