On Thursday, Wayne County Public Schools released a comprehensive Plan B model to help families, staff and the public better understand what school reopening will look like in August.
“This evolving Plan B outlines processes, safety protocols, schedules, lengths of school days, attendance requirements, and much more,” states Tamara Berman Ishee, assistant superintendent. “While details of this plan are subject to change, we want to give as much information and explanation as possible to assist families and staff in their preparation for the upcoming school year.”
“We are thinking of this as a ‘living document,’ due to the highly changeable nature of our current situation, and the regularly changing guidance and mandates we continue to receive from federal and state agencies, about school reopening,” adds Berman Ishee.
- All school districts in North Carolina have been tasked with developing four plans for reopening schools in 2020:
- Reopening Plan A (Minimal Social Distancing): Open for all students in school at the same time. Schools would have some enhanced health protocols. Traditional instruction would take place with preparation for blended learning.
- Reopening Plan B (Moderate Social Distance): Open, but mandates both social distancing and the wearing of face masks, along with enhanced health protocols as outlined by DHSS. In Plan B, instruction is a hybrid of face-to-face and remote.
- Reopening Plan C (Remote Learning): No students in school facilities. 100% remote learning for all students.
- Virtual Program option – Available to any student regardless of what plan a school district chooses.
- On Tuesday, July 14, 2020, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina Schools would begin in August under Plan “B”, though school districts would have the option to start under Plan “C”. All school districts were also mandated to open a 100% virtual learning program.
- On Monday, July 20, the Wayne County Board of Education in a 5-2 decision voted to reopen schools under the Plan B concept with more concrete details to be developed and put in place by the district.