Education

Wake County discusses 3 options for 2020-21 school year

Posted June 15, 2020 10:33 a.m. EDT
Updated June 15, 2020 11:51 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County School Board met Monday to discuss three plans for reopening schools in August.

On Friday, Superintendent Cathy Moore said the district is considering three plans:

  • Plan A: All students in the classroom
  • Plan B: Limited capacity in the classroom
  • Plan C: Continued remote learning

The recommendations within the plans are flexible, and the plans could be changed during the school year as needed, Moore said.

Gov. Roy Cooper said a decision on how schools will look when they reopen in August would be announced on July 1 and based on data.

Right now, year round students would return to school on Aug. 3, and traditional families would return Aug. 17.

In the first half of Monday's meeting, school board members were called on one-by-one to voice their primary concerns as plans are made to return to schools. All members agreed that the physical health and safety of students and staff is priority.

Other topics included the mental health of students, who missed almost half a year of school, what PE, recess, school bus rides and lunchtime will be like, and budgeting and availability of health and safety suplies.

Health screenings and masks or face coverings will likely be a part of the school day, Moore has said, but many parents have voiced concern over masks in the classroom.

"Next year will not be normal, we should not try to convince ourselves otherwise," Moore said, adding that nothing is off the table.

The Department of Health and Human Services created a checklist for schools when they do decide to bring students back in the classroom, which includes guidance on face coverings, social distancing and hygiene.

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