WCPS Remains On Track To Reopen For Youngest Students

WCPS Remains On Track To Reopen For Youngest Students

Wayne County Public Schools is still planning to reopen to Pre-K – 5th grade students under “Plan A” at the start of the 4th grading period.

Thursday, the Wayne County Board of Education received an update on the planning for transition those students back to on-campus learning.

Interim Superintendent Dr. David Lewis says COVID trends are improving locally.

However, Dr. Lewis noted the K-5 teachers were still wary of the reopening plan, according to a recent survey.

Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Innovative Programs Dr. Marcia Manning says the schools have been taking the necessary safety precautions.

Dr. Manning went as far as to say “our schools are safe places, probably the safest place in Wayne County, because of the strict requirements that we follow.”

School Board Chair Chris West said students need to be back in the classroom, and the district can make changes to in-person instruction if COVID trends change.

Under “Plan A,” the district is still required to offer fully remote instruction options for Pre-K – 5 families that still wish keep their students out of the classroom during the continuing pandemic.

The “Plan A” option is currently not being offered for grades 6 – 12 in North Carolina.

WCPS’s 4th grading period technically begins March 15th and the first day of class for students is March 16th.