Harnett County Schools resume in-class learning
Posted September 28, 2020 4:39 a.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2020 5:12 p.m. EDT
Harnett County, N.C. — Harnett County Schools resumes in-person learning Monday with a hybrid model that rotates two groups of students between in-class and virtual learning.
One group of students will attend classes Monday and Tuesday, while another group will attend classes Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, the school will be deep cleaned while all students learn from home.
Families are not required to return to school and can keep their students learning from home if they prefer.
Two Harnett County Schools teachers tested positive for COVID-19 last month, but no other cases have been reported in the district.
After Gov. Roy Cooper moves North Carolina into Phase 3 of his three-step reopening plan, the school board plans to shift into all-in-person classes.
Harnett County Schools has been posting updates on their Facebook page, including information on bus routes and educational presentations to prepare families for what back-to-school will look like during COVID-19.
In one video, Superintendent Dr. Aaron L. Fleming said he hopes the back-to-school transisition will help working parents who have struggled to bring in income while assisting their kids with online learning.
Changes in other districts
Last week, Durham Public Schools voted to keep all students in virtual learning for the rest of the semester. Meanwhile, the Wake County Public School System is expected to vote on a plan Thursday to bring students back to class in late October.
Some students in Johnston County will also return to in-person classes Monday, including students in the pre-K program and self-contained exceptional children. The children will learn on a hybrid schedule, with some days of online classes in the mix.
The district plans to slowly bring all students back on campus over the next several weeks.