Wake County weighs benefits, risks of opening year-round schools in July
Wake County schools are considering opening classrooms to year round students in July. Some parents are unhappy, saying this could be too risky. Other parents are concerned their children are falling behind, with less resources and support at home. Traditional North Carolina schools are preparing for an Aug. 17 opening, based on the recent aid bill approved for the state.
WHO WAS INFECTED WHILE PRESENT NET WAS RELEASED FROM THE HOSPITAL. >>> WHEN NORTH CAROLINA SINCE RETURN TO SCHOOL CLASSROOMS WILL LOOK DIFFERENT AND WAKE SCHOOLS IS DISCUSSING WENT TO REOPEN YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS AND HOW TO KEEP STUDENTS AND STAFF SAFE. WRAL'S AARON THOMAS IS LIVE WITH MORE AND YOU TALK TO SCHOOL LEADERS IS THAT YEAR- ROUND SCHOOLS COULD BE BACK IN CLASS BY JULY.>>REPORTER: THAT IS CORRECT, THE SCHOOL DISTRICT IS LOOKING ALL SCENARIOS BUT A JULY START DATE IS POSSIBLE. THERE ARE 38,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN WAKE COUNTY YEAR- ROUND SCHOOLS, EDUCATION EXPERTS AND PEERS I SPOKE WITH WHAT ABOUT THE CHALLENGES THAT LIE AHEAD. STUDENTS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS HAS BEEN WEEKS ADJUSTING TO ONLINE LEARNING AND NOW SCHOOL LEADERS ARE PLANNING FOR THE RETURN TO A CLASSROOM SETTING.>> IF SCHOOLS ARE TO RETURN TO THE SESSION IT IS SAFE TO SAY THAT IT WILL NOT LOOK AS IT HAS IN THE PAST. >>> SCHOOLS.ABOUT YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS COMING BACK IN JULY BUT IT DOESN'T SIT WELL WITH THIS PARENT.>> THOSE GOING BACK IN JULY WILL BE THE GUINEA PIGS AND I DO NOT WANT MY KIDS TO BE THE GUINEA PIGS.>> EDUCATION EXPERT KRISTIN STEVENS SUGGESTS LIMITING THE AMOUNT OF STUDENTS IN A CLASSROOM.>> I THINK I'LL HAVE TO BE SOME SORT OF ON AND OFF DAY OR A ROTATION OF STUDENTS INTO THE SCHOOLS. LIKE MAYBE I AM A MONDAY OR WEDNESDAY STUDENT AND SOMEONE ELSE IS A TUESDAY THURSDAY STUDENT>> SCHOOL LEADERS SAY THEY ARE FALLING HEALTH RECOMMENDATIONS ON STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS WITH STUDENTS AND STAFF MAKE THEIR WAY BACK. AT A LATER START DATE WILL GIVE PARENTS A PIECE OF MIND.>> IT IS BACK TO MORE THAT TRADITIONAL CALENDAR, TO GIVE EVERYTHING A LITTLE MORE TIME. JUST TO SEE HOW THINGS WILL PLAY OUT. NOW WE WANT TO BE CLEAR THAT I JULY START DATE IS A POSSIBILITY FOR WAKE COUNTY YEAR-ROUND SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL LEADERS HAVE A LOT TO CONSIDER LIKE CHANGES TO TRANSPORTATION WHAT THE BUILDING LOOK LIKE FOR PEOPLE TO KEEP THE 6 FOOT