Johnston County votes to begin returning students to class, Durham will stay in all-remote learning
The Johnston County Public Schools Board of Education voted 7-0 on Thursday for a plan to return students to the classroom in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.Posted — Updated
The 7-0 vote will send elementary students in Johnston County back to the classroom full-time by the end of October.
Middle and high school students can return Oct. 19, when they will be put into two groups. One group will attend Mondays and Tuesdays while the other group will attend Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be a virtual learning day for everyone and provide adequate time to deep clean the building.
Outside the Thursday meeting, some parents gathered with signs asking to return their kids to the classroom. They declined interviews, pointing to the message on those signs.
First and second grades can return on Oct. 19, and third through fifth graders can start Oct. 26. Sixth through 12th grades will operate on a hybrid plan split into two groups for staggered in-person learning.
After the meeting, the board did not give an explanation on the decision but said a statement would come out Friday.
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Superintendent Pascal Mubenga recommended the district work on making remote learning easier by improving students' and teachers' schedules while awaiting the opportunity to return to in-person instruction.
The board agreed to come back at a later date to assess the situation and to see what steps could be taken to return students to class.
For those who want to stay online the entire school year, registration for Durham's Ignite Online Academy will open Monday.
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A vote is expected next week.
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