Education

First public school opens in Hoke County for in-classroom learning

Posted August 5, 2020 5:26 a.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2020 5:35 p.m. EDT

— Face-to-face classes begin Wednesday at SandHoke Early College High School, the first public school in central North Carolina area to start in-classroom learning.

The first day of class was scheduled to be Tuesday, but Hurricane Isaias postponed those plans.

The students' first stop was a temperature check.

Michael Rattley said it was important for his daughter to get back in the classroom and off the home computer.

"Online is good," he said, "but I would rather be in the classroom. That way I can get one-on-one training with the teachers."

About 300 students are registered for face-to-face learning. Half will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, the other half on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Desks have been spread out to support social distancing, everyone wears masks, and hand sanitizer is everywhere.

Brandon Payton, a teacher for six years, was glad to be back in class with students with tough rules in place to battle COVID-19.

"Rules are put in place for a reason. It is for the safety and protection of everybody. So my concern would definitely be that if someone is not following what they're supposed to do, then that effects everybody," he said.

In July, Hoke County Schools released an extensive video showing the inside of Hoke County Middle School and some of the measures the district will put in place to make sure schools are safe for on-campus learning.

Additionally, custodians and maintenance workers were trained over the summer on how to properly disinfect the school. The school will be disinfected each afternoon after everyone leaves.

Hoke County is one of a few counties in central North Carolina that opted to start the school year with in-classroom learning. Many counties, including Wake, Durham and Orange, will begin the first few weeks of school all-online and will reassess based on coronavirus numbers.

Take a look at each district and their plans for reopening.

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