Wake County Schools

Some Wake County students kick off first day of school, beginning 2-week orientation

Posted August 13, 2020 1:41 p.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2020 7:14 p.m. EDT

— Thursday was the first day of school for some students in Wake County, and it looked different than any other 'back-to-school' day in recent memory – with students and parents not even being allowed to enter the building upon arrival.

Thursday was just the beginning of a two-week orientation period.

The reopening is happening slowly, allowing teachers, parents and students to connect and figure out how online learning will work.

At schools like Moore Square Magnet Middle School, this first day will only be for picking up instructional supplies – books and other materials that students will need to follow along with their studies.

Teachers will also be looking for students they have had trouble reaching, to find out what might be causing that disconnect.

In a Facebook message to parents, the principal acknowledged how different this school year will be.

“We really again, just want to stress that this can be an exciting time and if we help our students see this as an opportunity for growth to be going and doing something nobody has ever done before, that is kind of exciting," said school principal Jackie Jordan.

The first day of official academic instruction is August 27 – allowing for a slow ramp up to a new way of learning.

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