Gov. Cooper says students in K-5th grade can return to in-person learning
WRAL's Sloane Heffernan has more on Gov. Roy Cooper's announcement on Thursday that students in kindergarten through fifth grade can return to in-class learning as early as October.
on Governor Roy Cooper gave School District's the option to welcome back elementary student still elementary school students on October 5th. WRL Sloan Heffernan is live at Hunter Elementary School in Raleigh to explain why the governor is taking heat now on both sides of this decision. Slow well, Catherine State health officials say that young Children are less likely to get the virus, spread it and get sick. This news of kids being allowed to go back to elementary school is something many parents have been waiting for, along with the state school superintendent, who believes all kids should be heading back to class. But not all teachers agree. 10 year old Jalil Parish lives right across the street from his elementary school but hasn't been able to set foot inside all year. I'm kind of sad about it because, um, one year I have my best friend in my class. It's online. Online learning may soon be coming to an end for K through fifth graders. The governor gave school district's the option to reopen elementary schools toe full time daily in person instruction. I personally do not agree with it. I'm ready for every student to have the opportunity to go back to school if they are ready. If not, stay home. It remote learning. While the state school superintendent wants all grades to go back to class, the teachers have mixed emotions. They deeply want to be back in their classrooms with their students face to face. Tameka Walker Kelly is president of the North Carolina Association of Educators. She says safety is a top concern. We want to make sure that we are not exposing our educators and our students to this virus, and we don't necessarily have the resource is quite yet to make sure that we are going to be able to do this safely. Safety means social distancing and n 95 masks, according toe Walker Kelly. For Jaleel, who was hoping to see his classmates and teacher, it'll feel good. Um, they also scary. At the same time, Fifth grade will have to wait because of his asthma. His family says he'll have to keep his distance a little longer for the students who do return to the classroom. The governor says they will all wear masks along with teachers and staff members. It will be up to the individual school district's to decide which option works best for them. I spoke with the chair of the Wake County School Board tonight, the largest school district in our state, and he said they have not made a decision as of yet. So we'll just have to wait and see Catherine and worth noting some we checked in. Those who signed up for virtual learning will continue in that track. They, most of them, do not have the option to switch Sloan Hefford and live in Raleigh. Thank you.