FAQ: N.C. Students’ Return to the Classroom

Plans vary by district
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A bipartisan compromise has resulted in a return-to-school plan for North Carolina students that Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to sign this week. But with local plans in the mix, there might be some confusion on how it affects your children. We’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions below.

Can my kid stay in remote learning?
Absolutely. Kids can stay in the digital format offered by their respective schools.

What’s happening with elementary schools?
Elementary schools have to reopen under Plan A, which is full-time and daily in-person instruction. They must do so within 21 days of the bill becoming law. “Cleaning days,” like Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ ongoing Wednesday slot, will remain under this plan.

What about middle schools? High schools?
School boards can now choose Plan A for middle schools and high schools, as Plan B was previously the only option available.

What about IEP or 504 students?
Schools must now offer Plan A to special education students, including middle schools and high schools otherwise opting to stay in Plan B.

Will masks be required?
Yep. In schools and on buses.

What’s the current plan for Triangle schools?
For Durham public schools: K-5 students are going to in-person four days a week on March 15, with a remote day on Wednesday. Middle and high school students begin to come back on April 8. “Students in grades 6 through 12 will follow a cohort model, with three cohorts of students rotating between in-person and remote instruction on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays,” the News & Observer reports. “… Students in middle and high school will attend class in-person two days in a row every other week, while the other school days are for remote instruction.”


For Wake County: Students in 4th and 5th grades return for in-person daily instruction on Monday, March 15, with Pre-K through 3rd already doing so. New recommendations for grades 6-12 are coming next week.

Both Orange County and Chapel Hill-Carrboro schools’ current plans will have to change, with more details forthcoming.


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