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 25, 2020 8:05 a.m. EDT

— 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.

Here is how schools plan to start the 20-21 year

(Updated 8 a.m., Sept. 25, 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.

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Reopen plans for Raleigh, Durham private schools

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

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What Plan A, B and C mean

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

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."

Gov. Roy Cooper has given kindergarten through 5th grade schools the "green light" to move into Plan A starting in October.

Plan B

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.

Plan C

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 are provided to students who don't have the proper access -- like Wifi or a laptop to do online school all day.

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