Education

Mix of hybrid, online learning across central NC to start the second semester

Posted July 13, 2020 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated January 22, 2021 4:55 p.m. EST

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— As COVID-19 continues to rage throughout North Carolina, school districts are grappling with how to teach students safely and effectively. Some districts, citing staffing shortages, are sticking with online learning for the rest of the year.

Others are moving full steam ahead with reopening plans.

Trends in recent coronavirus numbers reported by the state indicate that the post-holiday spike is subsiding. Even so, many school officials are concerned about the safety of their staff and their ability to teach students. If a handful of staff are in quarantine, a district may not be able to continue to teach students in person.

Under the state's latest vaccine priority list, teachers and school staff members are part of the third group in line to get shots, which could delay when students can get back in school in many counties across the state.

(Updated 4:30 p.m. Jan. 22, 2021)

Information from school district websites and social media pages, and from school district representatives reached through email. Search below for your district.

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Explained: Plan A, B, C

Under state guidelines, school districts have the option of choosing between Plan A, B and C.

Plan A allows students to return to the classroom for full-time, face-to-face instruction five days a week.

If a district decides to operate under Plan B, students would attend school under a hybrid learning model to limit contact and capacity in schools. Part of the time students would attend school in-person, and the other half students would complete classwork at home online. Middle and high schools are able to operate under this learning model, if the school board decides.

Plan C is available for school districts who decide that the safe option for staff, students and families is to stop with in-person learning and hold all online classes. This option is available for any school district and all grade levels.

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