Wake County’s Return-to-School Plan, Explained
It's a little complicated
On Tuesday night, the Wake County Public School System board voted on multiple plans that resulted in the return for some students. Those in grades pre-K-3 grade and students with special needs will begin a three-week rotation on Oct. 26 and then, on Nov. 16, all of the pre-K-3rd-grade students and those with special needs will return for full in-person struction. Grades 4-5 start a three-week rotation on Nov. 16; grades 6-8 start a three-week rotation on Nov. 9. High school students will continue remote learning through the end of the semester. Find answers to frequently asked questions around this plan below:
What does a three-week rotation mean?
It means those students would spend one week in school and then two weeks in remote learning.
So middle school students will go back before those in grades 4-5?
What was the staff recommendation for returning to school?
A bit different. District staff wanted grades 4-8 to stay remote for the rest of the semester. But the board did side with staff on letting high-schoolers stay remote.
What about those in the Virtual Academy?
“Students in Wake’s new Virtual Academy program will continue to attend online-only courses,” News & Observer reports. “The majority of Wake’s 160,000 students signed up for the Virtual Academy, and according to a parent survey, will stay there for the entire school year.”
For high school students, what will happen with the state end-of-course exams?
High school students will be heading to their respective campuses in late January for those exams.
Will the returning students go all five days of the week during their in-person slot?
“Wake plans to have a weekly districtwide ‘asynchronous learning day’ where in-person students won’t go to school and online students won’t get live classes,” News & Observer reports. “Instead, on that day, Wake says teachers can assign a variety of activities and include instructional resources such as recorded instructional videos, assigned activities, off-line assignments or meetings with small groups. The weekly day of no live teaching is supposed to help give teachers more planning time.”