How each Triangle school district, private school is educating NC students during the pandemic
Posted July 13, 2020 12:42 p.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2020 12:11 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Most school districts across the Triangle moved to start the school year under a remote learning plan to limit the spread of the coronavirus. After weeks of online learning (Plan C), some school districts have decided to reopen up their classrooms and invite students on campus.
Public schools aren't able to reopen at full capacity, but they are opening up under a learning model that incorporates online learning and in-person learning (Plan B).
Governor Roy Cooper advised schools back in July that they could start either with a mix of in-person and online classes (Plan B) or with all learning done remotely (Plan C).
Private schools in North Carolina are not required to follow the regulations that the Department of Public Instruction 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 12 p.m., Sept. 16, 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||Board decides that the rest of the semester will be online for all grade levels.||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|
|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. Online oriention will be online during August.||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||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||Plan B begins Sept. 28||Students will attend school on an A/B schedule. One group of students will go to class in the "A" group, another group will be in the "B" group. "A students" will go to school Monday and Tuesday, while "B students" will go to school Thursday and Friday. Each Wednesday, schools will undergo "deep cleaning" and everyone will learn online.||Remote learning for all students extended until Sept. 25||Families can choose to do online learning or in person learning||Yes||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||Students will be placed in groups of two that will come into school half the week to maintain a 50% capacity||Online learning||Families can choose to do online learning or in person learning||Yes||Extra masks and other cleaning supplies provided to students||Suspended indefinitely||Hoke County Schools live planning document|
|Johnston County Schools||Plan C||Students in grades K-5 will return to school in two separate cohorts, or groups. One group will attend in-person instruction on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the second group will attend in-person instruction on Thursdays and Fridays. Remote learning will be provided for all K-5 students on the days those students are not attending in-person instruction.||Superintendent recommends bringing students back into the classroom by Sept. 28.||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 B/Plan C||Students in grades K-5 will return to school under Plan B with mederate social distancing on October 5. Students will rotate in and out of school on an A/B schedule.||High school students will continue with remote learning until further notice.||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||On October 19, the school will invite Pre-k through 3rd grade back to the classroom for blended learning. In January 2021 everyone will be allowed back in the classroom.||Blended learning for Pre-K and EC self-contained students. Remote learning for all other students.||Yes||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 class 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||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||Person County Schools roadmap|
|Sampson County Schools||Plan B||Pre-K students return on a staggered scheduled. Elementary students go to school on a modified schedule from Wednesday to Tuesday. Return dates are September 17th for Kindergarten and 1st, September 24th for 2nd and 3rd, and October 1st for 4th and 5th. Middle School students will return under on October 15th. High School students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will remain on Plan C through the first semester. 9th graders will report to school on Tuesday and Thursday beginning October 15th.||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.||Students will remain in virtual learning through end of the fall semester, Dec. 18, unless statewide restrictions are lifted||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'||A spokesperson with the school district said students would be returning to school "no sooner than after the first quarter." The second quarter begins on Oct. 22.||Online learning||Yes||Official statement; chromebooks and hotspots||All students have to wear masks on buses, only middle and high schoolers do in the classroom||Suspends middle school athletics until Spring||Wake County plans|
|Wayne County Schools||Plan B||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||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 through the end of the second quarter.||Yes||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.||Staff and students are required to wear masks and teachers will wear a face shield while teaching.||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|
|St. David's School||On-campus classes will resume. Health screenings will take place each day and strict cleaning measures will be put in place. Many programs will have a virtual option for parents. The school will enable students to participate remotely in all of their live classes being held on campus.||Twenty additional portable hand-sanitizing and five portable handwashing stations are in place; on campus. All members of the St. David’s community in MS and US will be required to wear a face covering, where distancing cannot be maintained||August 18||3400 White Oak Road, Raleigh, NC 27609||2020 School year plan|
|St. Timothy's School||The school will offer a hybrid model -- an option for on-campus classes or distance learning to begin the year on Aug. 20. All on-campus classes are designed to maintain six feet of social distancing between students, a mix of indoor and outdoor learning activities. Daily health screenings and masks are required for all students and staff.||Masks are required for all students and staff||August 20||4523 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh, NC 27609|
|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|
|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."
As of Sept., the Department of Public Instruction has not given schools the green light to move into Plan A.
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.
Face coverings would be required for students, staff, teachers in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
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."
Resources will be provided to students who don't have the proper access -- like wifi or a laptop to do online school all day.