Wake County begins at least 10 weeks of all-online learning
Posted August 16, 2020 7:09 p.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2020 5:30 p.m. EDT
Cary, N.C. — Virtual leaning begins for thousands of Wake County students on Monday.
Out of the 161,900 students in the Wake County district, 82,628 are enrolled in the all-online Virtual Academy. That’s a little over half the students in the district.
All students will learn from home for the first several weeks of school.
Wake Superintendent Cathy Moore said each school will decide how to distribute its teachers when kids go back to school sometime after Oct. 22.
She said, until in-person learning resumes, school bus drivers are busy distributing food to pick-up sites.
"We want to keep them employed," she said.
WCPSS said it is processing more than 38,000 requests for laptops and devices for online learning. School officials said that, although distribution begins Monday, most devices will not be ready to be picked up then.
Those who indicated they needed devices in a recent survey will get a notification by email when their device is ready to be picked up.
Officials ask that parents and students wait until their assigned pick-up date to go to a distribution site. If you do go to a distribution sight on a date not assigned to you, there will not be any devices available for you, according to WCPSS.
Families will be notified three days before their pick-up date. Devices can be picked up at any time on the assigned day.
WCPSS said on or after your pick-up date, families will be able to get all of the requested devices for all of the students in your household at the same time.
The notification email will also include information on distribution locations, hours and pick-up procedures.
Officials said to contact your school if you need devices or have other questions.