Here is how each Triangle school district, private school plans to reopen
Posted July 13, 2020 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated August 11, 2020 11:51 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — On July 14, Gov. Roy Cooper advised schools that they could start either with a mix of in-person and online classes (Plan B) or with all learning done remotely (Plan C). Since that time, more and more school systems have declared an intention to start the school year under a remote learning plan.
Private schools in North Carolina are not required to follow the regulations that the DPI has put in place. But, many schools have set up a triage plan that looks similar to what the DPI has laid out for public schools.
(Updated Noon, Aug. 11,, 2020)
Information from school district websites and social media pages, and from school district representatives reached through email. Search below for your district, and click the gray plus sign next to the name of the district for more information.
|District||Chosen plan||Plan B||Plan C||Option for online learning||Technology provided||Preventing spread of COVID-19||Sports||More information|
|Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools||Plan C||Students would be divided in cohorts to learn by grade level, rotating between online and in-person learning. High schoolers will be mostly learning at home. This plan will not be implemented for at least the first 9 weeks.||Rest of year students will learn online||Yes||Hotspots and devices will be given to students||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Plan B scheduling document; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City schools back to school updates|
|Chatham County schools||Plan C||Students will alternate between both in-person and at-home learning. This plan will not be implemented at the start of school.||At least first 9 weeks of school will be online for all. Students will maintain enrollment in their base schools during remote learning. Those in elementary and middle grades will have access to the Edmentum virtual learning platform through their respective teachers. High school students will continue with remote learning through the North Carolina Virtual Public School, APEX Learning and other course providers. Students approved for the Chatham County Schools Virtual Academy will continue with at-home learning when there is a transition to in-person instruction on the district’s campuses.||Yes||Hotspots and laptops will be given to students||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Chatham County schools planning document|
|Cumberland County Schools||Plan C||Parents can "Opt in" to full time, in class learning||First 6 weeks of school will be online-only.||Yes||Chrome books will be loaned||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Cumberland County Schools annoucements|
|Duplin County Schools||Plan C||Online learning for first 5 weeks||No options advertised||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||[Duplin County Schools Remote Instruction plan] (https://www.duplinschools.net//cms/lib/NC01001360/Centricity/Domain/3087/DCS%20Remote%20Instruction%20Plan%20-%20Final.pdf)|
|Durham Public Schools||Plan C||High school students will do online learning and K-8 students will be in school. This plan will not be set into motion for at least the first 9 weeks of school||First 9 weeks of school will continue with online learning.||Yes||Masks will be required for students, staff and teachers except when breathing would be inhibited, and locker and weight rooms will be closed. School bus capacity is reduced to 66%. There will be breaks throughout the day to allow for handwashing.||Suspended indefinitely||Durham Public Schools Plans|
|Edgecombe County Schools||Plan C + 1 week of in-person orientation||First 2 to 6 weeks, majority of students will learn online. School will revist this plan after 4 weeks of instruction. Students will engage in a combination of virtual learning led by a teacher, independent online learning, and offline learning.||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Edgecombe County Schools news|
|Franklin County Schools||Plan C||Face-to face instruction a few days each week||Online learning||Yes||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Franklin County Schools Youtube page|
|Granville County Public School||Plan C||Students will be divided into 2 groups and rotate through going to school for 2 days and learning from home for 3 days a week. Wednesday would be reserved for cleaning of facilities while all students participate in virtual learning.||Online learning||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely|
|Halifax County Schools||Plan C||Online learning||No options advertised||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||No update||Halifax County Schools updates|
|Harnett County Schools||Modified Plan B||Aug. 24, K-8 grade students will begin in-person instruction. Kindergarteners will begin on a staggered schedule. On Aug. 31., 9-12 grade students will begin in-person instruction.||School year will begin online; Parents can chose to send their children to school online||Families can choose to do online learning for the entire year.||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended until at least Aug 24||Harnett County Schools Facebook page|
|Hoke County schools||Plan B with online learning option||Students will be placed in groups of two that will come into school half the week to maintain a 50% capacity||Online learning||Yes||Yes||Extra masks and other cleaning supplies provided to students||Suspended indefinitely||Hoke County Schools live planning document|
|Johnston County Schools||Plan C||One group of students would attend school Monday and Tuesday and another group of students would attend school Thursday and Friday. K-5 students would transition to classroom learning on Sept. 8||Online learning until Sept. 8||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Optional sports activities for fall sports begin on Aug. 3||Johnston County Schools planning document|
|Lee County Schools||Plan C||Students in grades K-7 will attend school Monday-Friday on a normal schedule. However, students will be housed at various schools throughout the district to account for social distancing requirements. Students in grades 8-12 will attend school one day each week. On days when students are not on campus, they will participate in remote learning. Students in 8th grade will report to the high school campus on their assigned day.||Remote learning only. The district said they will transition to full, in-person learning "as soon as it is safe to do so." A descision will be made about transitioning to Plan B before Sept. 28||Yes||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Remote learning plan|
|Moore County Schools||Plan B||Schools will reopen at 50% capacity. Students will be divided into two groups -- A and B. Group A will go to school one half of the week and Group B will go to school another half of the week. Online learning will take place on the days students aren't in the classroom.||Online learning||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Dead period ends on August 3||Moore County Schools reopening under plan B|
|Nash County Public Schools||Plan C||Blended Model (in-person and remote learning)||Learning opportunities will happen remotely and will include recorded and live instructional sessions. Most of the instruction will be accessed through the use of a technology device.||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Nash Public Schools reopening plan|
|Northampton County Schools||Plan C||Students will participate in online learning for the first 9 weeks of school||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Dead period extended until at least August 3||Northhampton County Facebook page|
|Orange County Schools||Plan C||Students will alternate between in-person instruction and remote instruction weekly. This plan will not be implemented in the first weeks of school.||The year will start with online-only learning for the first nine weeks – with the possibility of starting in -lass learning earlier||Yes||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Orange County Schools plan|
|Person County Schools||Plan B||2 groups of students will rotate through in-person and online classes through the week||Online learning||Yes||Masks will be required for K-12 students on all school buses and 6-12 students will have to wear masks in the classroom. All visitors and staff will be required to wear masks at all times.||Limited athletic activity has resumed|
|Sampson County||Plan C||Students will spend three days at home and three days at school. This plan will not be implemented at the start of school||High school students will continue with online learning through October 14 and K-8 students will learn remotely until Sept. 14||Yes||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended indefinitely||Sampson County Facebook information|
|Roanoke Rapids Graded District School Board||Plan C||Will transition to Plan B if local COVID-19 cases are trending in the right direction and if the Halifax County Health Direct recommends.||First 6 weeks of school will be online-only.||Chrome books, hotspots|
|Vance County Schools||Plan C||Students will have a weekly alternating scheduled based on grade level||Continue with online learning for first 9 weeks of school||Yes||All students and staff have to wear face coverings||Suspended indefinitely|
|Wake County Schools||Plan B 'transition'||School year will start with all remote classes. Transition to in-person classes will start with Pre-K, special ed on Sept. 8. Other students will return to school 'as practical.' Students will alternate in and out of school in cohorts on a 3-week rotation||Online learning||Yes||All students have to wear masks on buses, only middle and high schoolers do in the classroom||Suspended indefinitely||Wake County plans|
|Wayne County Schools||Plan C||Grades K-8 split into two groups. Each group meets in-person two days per week. Grades 9-12 split into three groups. Each group meets four days in person, then two weeks remote. 6-8 students will do the same as high schoolers.||Instruction for the first 3 weeks of school||Yes||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Suspended until at least Aug 1||Wayne County draft plans|
|Warren County Schools||Plan C||Plan not released yet||Every student will take part in the virtual academy until October.||Only online learning||Hotspots will be set up for students in buses that will be placed around the commnunity. Every student will get a chromebook.||Nothing necessary, all online learning||Suspended indefinitely|
|Wilson County Schools||Plan C||Plan not released yet||Online learning for the first nine weeks of school||Yes||mobile hotspots will be avaliable for students||Face coverings required for students, staff, teachers K-12||Limited athletic activity has resumed||Wilson County Schools online learning plan|
Private schools do not have to follow the Plan A, B and C guidelines from the state. Most have announced they are opening their classroom doors and having students spend some time in school.
Take a look at a few of the private schools in the area to see what they have planned for the upcoming school year. Click the gray plus sign next to the name of the school for more information
|School||Plan||Masks/Cleaning||Start date||Address||More information|
|Cardinal Gibbons High School||The school will operate under a modified schedule that mirrors Plan B from the DPI. Students will be in two groups and will be on campus every two days. The days students aren't on campus they will be learning from home. Classes will be longer to allow for less transition in the hallways.||Everyone is required to wear masks||August 13||401 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607||Returning to school guide|
|Cary Academy||Students will go into school for half the week, while the other half of the week they will learn virtually. Students will be dividing into two groups to rotate through this schedule.||Teachers and students have to wear masks||August 12||1500 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513||Schools reopening plans|
|Cary Christian Schools||In-person classes will be offered. Classrooms will be set up with social distancing in place, and temperature checks and COVID-19 screenings will be done. If parents choose, they can opt-in to remote learning with a live webcast.||Everyone is wearing masks. Teachers in elementary school will wear face shields, elementary school students will wear masks in high-traffic areas.||August 5||1330 Old Apex Rd, Cary, NC 27513||Cary Christian Schools Vimeo/annoucements|
|Montessori School of Raleigh||Blending learning will be offered. Parents can choose to enroll their child to in-person classes or join their classes virtually. Students in school will need to be screened for COVID-19 daily, which includes having their temperature checked. Students will be in cohorts or "bubbles" to limit spread of infection.||Teachers and students are required to wear masks and wash hands||August 25||7005 Lead Mine Road & 408 Andrews Chapel Road||Reentry plan|
|North Raleigh Christian Academy||The school will use a color-coded alert system that mirrors guidelines from the Department of Public Instruction. When school starts, the school will be in "Yellow," which means the school will offer both in-person and online classes. Parents can choose to participate in either.||August 17||7300 Perry Creek Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616||Plan to reopen|
|Raleigh Christian Academy||The school will be opening its doors, with social distancing in place and proper hand washing protocols.||Mask-wearing rules not yet announced||August 17||2110 Trawick Rd, Raleigh, NC 27604||Raleigh Christian Academy Facebook|
|Ravenscroft School||Students will participate in a hybird learning model. For the first couple weeks of schools, students will go through extensive training so they will effectively limit the spread of coronavirus at school.||Students are required to bring a cloth face covering to school every day, asked to wear it where social distancing is not possible. Many students will need to wear them all day.||August 13||7409 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615||Read the full plan here|
|Saint Mary's School||Will start school with two week period of virtual learning. On campus classes will begin Sept 8 through Nov 20. After Thanksgiving break, the school will resume virtual learning until Christmas/holiday break.||N/A||August 24||900 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27603||[St. Timothy's School Learning Plan for 2020(https://www.sttimothys.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1575633&type=d&pREC_ID=1976535)|
|Thales Academy||In-person classes will be offered. Daily temperature checks and COVID-19 screening will be implemented. Classrooms will be set up for social distancing.||Teachers and students have to wear masks||July 20||Multiple locations||Schools reopening plans|
|Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill||The school has established Plan 1, 2 and 3 that mirrors the DPI's guidelines for reopening. The school will open under "Plan 1," with in person classes. Classrooms are being restructured for social distancing. Students will be monitored to make sure they are properly washing their hands.||Everyone has to wear masks, including visitors||[School reopening plan] (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tN1tT2BpACPANYKIsml9zHd-J2_H3oj-/view)|
|Grace Christian Academy||In-person instruction resumes. Classrooms will be set up for social distancing. The school said it would operate at limited capacity if the state mandates they do.||Cloth face coverings or masks will be required during transitional times within the buildings for all students. Students 3rd grade and up will be required to wear a mask when working with other students.||August 12||Multiple locations||Schools year update|
In June, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction told schools to draft three plans for reopening schools -- Plan A, B and C.
After reviewing responses from teachers and parents, many school districts are returning to online learning. Teachers across several counties say they are concerned about going back into the classroom. Educators and other staff at schools could be placing themselves in a high-risk situation.
Plan A is the least restrictive and the one that looks the most like "normal." Students would learn in the classroom with some social distancing measures. For example, schools will be required to mark hallways with arrows to help reduce crowding.
Guidelines from DPI say Plan A will be implemented only if "COVID-19 metrics continue to stabilize or move in a positive direction."
Under Plan B, students would spend part of their time in the classroom and the rest learning online. Schools would have to make sure there is 6 feet between each person at all times – in the classroom and all other school facilities and on school buses.
Administrators and teachers say this plan is likely the hardest to work out.
Under both Plan A and Plan B, schools are required to implement social distancing in their classrooms and hallways and limit non-essential visitors.
School districts are required to create a third plan where the district will continue with online learning.
Plan C will be implemented if conditions in the state "worsen significantly enough to require suspension of in-person instruction."