COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Plans for returning to school this fall

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Plans for returning to school this fall

Schools districts across the Carolinas are beginning to release plans for returning to school this fall.

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Here is a roundup of districts that have released their plans so far. Channel 9 will continuously update this story as other districts make decisions.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools -- CMS had planned to start school with students back in classrooms for two weeks followed by remote learning indefinitely but backtracked a few weeks before school started and kicked off the fall with full remote learning. After about a month into the school year, the district voted to phase students into Plan B.

Under CMS' Plan B, there will be four phases of reopening. The first kids to return to the classroom will be members of Bright Beginnings and Pre-K. The next phase will be Montessori Pre-K and grades K-5. Phase 3 will include grades 6-8, and the last phase will be high schoolers.

Proposed phases to reopen CMS:

  • Pre-K students will return Oct. 12
  • K-5 students will return Nov. 2
  • Grades 6 through 8 will return Nov. 23
  • Grades 9 through 12 would return Dec. 14 for high school EOC testing
  • High school students would return for in-person Jan. 5

Click here to learn more about the district’s plan.

Alexander County Schools -- Alexander County will be reopening under Plan B, which means a hybrid model with both face-to-face instruction and remote learning.

Here’s the plan for elementary schools.

Click here for the plan for secondary, or middle schools.

Here’s the plan for high schools in Alexander County.

Anson County Schools -- The Anson County School Board approved starting the school year under “Plan C,” which means starting with full-time remote learning. Officials said students will receive their first nine weeks of instruction through remote learning. Students will be contacted with specific information about their remote learning plan in the coming days. The district will also re-evaluate further plans in September.

Here’s more information about the district’s reopening plans.

Ashe County Schools -- In Ashe County on Sept. 24, board members voted on Option 2.

Return K-3 on Oct. 19 to Plan A. Wednesdays will be for remote learning so buildings can be deep cleaned.

Return 4-5 students on Oct. 26 to Plan A. Wednesdays will be for remote learning so buildings can be deep cleaned.

All self-contained students K-12 to return to Plan A. Wednesdays will be for remote learning so buildings can be deep cleaned.

Avery County Schools -- Avery County Schools will operate under “Plan B,” which means a hybrid of in-person and remote learning. This plan also includes “moderate social distancing,” requires daily temperature and health screening checks, maintains 6 feet of social distancing and requires face coverings to be worn by all school employees, students and visitors

Click here to learn what “Plan B” will look like in Avery County.

Burke County Schools -- The Burke County Board of Education has voted for schools to start operating under Plan B, a hybrid of face-to-face instruction in school buildings coupled with remote learning. Plan B will start on Monday, Sept. 14 with an A-day, B-day schedule. Education leaders had originally voted to operate under remote learning between Aug. 17 and Sept. 11. That vote to revert to Plan C came during a special called meeting on Monday, July 27, due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases in the county.

Here’s more information on “Plan B” in Burke County Schools.

Cabarrus County Schools -- On Sept. 21, Cabarrus County Schools voted 4-3 to send K-3 back to school under Plan A on Oct. 19.

Grades fourth through 12th will go back on the same day under Plan B.

Caldwell County Schools -- At a special session held on Sept. 29, the Board of Education approved the state’s Plan A reopening format for elementary schools (grades K-5) starting on Monday, Oct. 19, the first day of the 2nd 9-week grading period.

Even though all students in grades K-5 may return to school at the same time, schools will require health screenings, face coverings, frequent hand washing, and social distancing as often as feasibly possible. Students may continue to opt for full remote learning through Caldwell Connect.

Elementary students will attend school four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from Oct. 19 through Oct. 30, and beginning in November, they will go five days a week, Monday-Friday.

Click here for more information about the district’s reopening plans.

Catawba County Schools -- The district will offer the “Online Catawba K-12 Virtual Academy, which is a 100 percent remote learning option that will be available for all students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.

The school district will operate under “Plan B” as they reopen, which is a blended model of in-person and online learning in order to achieve a maximum occupancy of 50% in our school buildings. District leaders said most students will attend in-person classes two days a week and learn remotely three days week, separated by last names.

Here’s more information about what the school year will look like in Catawba County.

Chesterfield County Schools -- Chesterfield County Schools will now start on Aug. 24 with a face-to-face A-B schedule. Elementary and middle school students will be taking part in the state’s mandatory Learn, Evaluate, Analyze, & Prepare (LEAP) days in which students will be tested and assessed in face-to-face activities. High school students will begin with regular face-to-face classes at that time.

All high school “virtual synchronous” classes will also start on Aug. 24.

On Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, virtual school student assessment, orientation and device distribution will take place. On Sept 8 virtual school will begin.

Click here for more information on the district’s reopening plans.

Chester County Schools -- Chester County will offer a virtual academy for students in grades K-12.

The Chester County School District’s first day will now be on Sept. 8. This allows faculty and staff more time to prepare for the safe return of students.

The district will start the school year with students either in the Hybrid Learning Model, which is a mix of in-person or digital learning, or in the virtual academy full-time.

Here’s more information on the district’s reopening plans.

Cleveland County Schools -- Cleveland County’s Board of Education has a tentative plan for elementary school students to move in-person learning to four days a week starting next month.

The board voted 7-2 for a tentative plan to start in-person learning Oct. 26. There will be one more board meeting in a couple weeks, where members will get an update on COVID-19 in the county.

Click here for more information about the district’s reopening plans.

Gaston County Schools -- Gaston County Schools has approved its “Plan B”, which provides for in-person instruction for students on a part-time basis. Students will be divided into groups. One group will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, and the other group will attend school on Thursday and Friday. All students will engage in remote learning at home on Wednesday and on the weekdays when they are not at school.

Additionally, parents who want their child in full-time remote learning will have that option through the Gaston Virtual Academy.

Click here to learn more about the district’s reopening plans.

Iredell-Statesville Schools -- The district decided to operate on a “Plan B” schedule when schools reopened on Aug. 17. This means schools will work with a hybrid reopening plan of both in-person and remote learning, social distancing and enhanced health protocols.

Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that elementary school students can return to school under Plan A --full-time, in-person classes -- starting Oct. 5, the district said it would be ready to bring its K-5 students back full-time.

Click here to learn more about Iredell-Statesville Schools’ overall plan. Click here to learn more about the district’s decision regarding K-5 students.

Kannapolis City Schools -- Kannapolis Schools unanimously voted to approve the administration’s recommendation for K-5 students to return under Plan A on Nov. 2. There will be an all virtual option for those who choose not to return to face-to-face education at this time.

School leaders said there will be no changes for Kannapolis high school or middle school students.

Lancaster County Schools -- The Lancaster County School District will now start classes on Aug. 31, offering two learning models to include a fully virtual option and a hybrid model. The district said it has the option to move to a more restrictive model (fully virtual) or less restrictive model (fully face-to-face) model based on the current community health situation.

Click here to learn more about the district’s reopening plans.

Lincoln County Schools -- The Lincoln County School District decided to operate under “Plan B" when schools reopened on Aug. 17. This means a mix of in-person and remote learning, health precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing and making changes to transportation.

Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that elementary school students can return to school under Plan A --full-time, in-person classes -- starting Oct. 5, the district held a meeting where they voted to bring kids back to the classroom.

On Oct. 13, students from kindergarten through 5th grade will return to in-person learning four days a week.

The following week, they will move to 5 days a week.

Students can only skip in-person learning with a doctor’s note, which must be turned in by Nov. 13.

Click here to learn more about Lincoln County’s reopening plans.

Mooresville Graded Schools -- At a Sept. 24 special called board meeting, Mooresville Graded School District Board of Education voted 5-0 on a new learning plan for students beginning the second quarter on Oct. 19. The decision comes after Gov. Cooper announced that North Carolina schools could transition to the state’s Plan A for students in K through fifth grade only.

Click here to learn more about MGSD’s learning plan for the second quarter.

Richmond County Schools -- Richmond County Schools said it plans to reopen under “Plan B” following Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that schools will reopen with a mix of in-person and remote learning.

Richmond County’s “Plan B” limits school facilities to reopen at a maximum 50 percent capacity with enhanced sanitation and safety measures, increased social distancing, and only one student per seat on buses.

Here’s a look at what “Plan B” will look like for Richmond County Schools.

Stanly County Schools -- Stanly County Schools said their plan includes remote learning options for those that are not comfortable returning to the traditional setting. The superintendent said they developed their plan around Gov. Roy Cooper’s announcement that schools will reopen with a blend of in-person learning and remote learning.

Click here for a look at what “Plan B” will look like in Stanly County Schools.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools -- Rowan-Salisbury Schools has a called a special meeting for Monday where they will discuss the Governor’s announcement to allow elementary schools to operate under Plan A, full-time, in-person classes.

Rowan-Salisbury Schools said they have aligned their reopening plans with the state’s recommendations for “Plan B” -- in-person learning and remote learning.

Students will be divided into two groups (Group A and Group B). Students will attend school face-to-face two days per week and learn remotely three days per week. Wednesdays will be used for universal cleaning. The district is look at splitting students by last name for Group A and Group B.

Click here to learn more about the district’s reopening plans.

Union County Schools -- Union County Board of Education voted to implement “Plan B,” the state’s recommendation of a mix of in-person and remote learning.

On Sept. 22, the district voted 8 to 1 to bring back all students for a second day under Plan B starting Sept. 29 and Pre-K through 5th grade will return to the classroom 4 days a week (Monday-Thursday) starting Oct. 26.

Under the district’s current plan:

  • UCPS will operate with a 4-day weekly rotation
  • Schedules will enable a hybrid of in-school and virtual learning plans with 6-feet social distancing in classrooms and other areas of school buildings
  • Students will attend school on Monday – Thursday on their assigned two days; when students are not in the school building on their assigned days, they will work in a remote learning environment
  • Friday will be a remote learning day for all students; this plan will repeat weekly.
  • UCPS reserves the right, where class sizes are small and health and safety are not compromised, to accommodate more students in a school
  • UCPS will reevaluate the schedule and operations on an ongoing basis

Click here to learn more about the district’s plan.

Watauga County Schools -- Watauga County Schools is planning to operate under what the district is calling a 2x3 Flex Schedule with significant social distancing, cleaning, hygiene and sanitation protocols in place.

In the 2x3 Flex Schedule, half of students will attend school on Monday and Tuesday, while the other half attend on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. In total, all students have three days of remote learning at home each week.

Click here to learn more about the district’s reopening plan.

York County Schools -- The York County School District will give parents two options when their children begin school on Aug. 24:

  • Parents can enroll their children in York School District One Virtual Academy, the full-time online learning program that is designed to accommodate students who may not be ready to return to face-to-face instruction due to COVID-19 or other concerns
  • Families can enroll their children in the face-to-face setting, which will be determined by the district -- Traditional, Hybrid or Remote. Depending upon the level of virus spread, the district or school will communicate directly to parents when changes in the student learning model must be initiated.

Click here for a more detailed look at York County’s reopening plans. Here is Rock Hill Schools 53-page plan.