COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Local school districts’ plans for returning to classrooms

COUNTY-BY-COUNTY: Local school districts’ plans for returning to classrooms

School districts across the Carolinas have released plans for returning to school, but as the pandemic continues to impact the Carolinas, some of those plans are changing.

Below is a roundup of districts that have released their plans so far and the modifications they have made.

>> Channel 9 will continuously update this story as other districts make decisions.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools -- On Dec. 22, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted in an emergency meeting, 8-1, to move all students to full remote learning until Jan. 19, including Pre-K and students with disabilities. Students at Carmel Middle School will begin in-person rotations on January 19.

CMS advises students and families to check Powerschool after 12/31 for Elective class changes that may have been made. Some students may have their electives changed. Read more here.

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.

To see the plan for Alexander County elementary schools, click here.

For secondary or middle schools, click here.

For high schools, click here.

Anson County Schools -- Anson County Schools made the decision on January 11 to continue with Plan C (remote learning) for all students through Friday, January 29. This comes after an increase of community transmissions of COVID-19.

In-person learning is set to resume on February 1. Anson County Schools will begin that week with Cohort A attending in person February 1-4. February 5 will be a remote learning day. The updated school calendar can be found here.

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 Grade 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 Public School Systems will operate under Plan C from January 4 through January 25. The board will meet again on January 25 to discuss transitioning back to in-person learning.

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

On Dec. 14, the school board decided that all schools will enter Plan C, which is full-remote learning, from Jan. 4 through at least Jan. 25, 2021.

Cabarrus County Schools -- Cabarrus County schools that are operating in Plan C (remote learning) will return to in-person/remote learning (Plan B) on January 19, 2021. Students will have 2 days of in-person instruction and 3 days of remote learning.

On Dec. 9, the school board voted 5-2 to return all students back to remote learning, starting Dec. 14 until Jan. 19.

Click here for more information.

On Dec. 14, the district announced that it would be offering only spring sports for 2020/2021 for middle school students. Fall and winter sports will not be played. Read more here.

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 a 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 are currently on a face-to-face A-B schedule for middle and high school students. Elementary and intermediate schools will continue 5 day a week face to face instruction through winter break.

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

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

Under the Hybrid merging schedule students return to school 4 days a week Monday-Thursday.

Pre-K through second grade return to in-person instruction on January 6.

Grades 3 through 5 return to school on January 10.

Middle and high school students return on February 8.

During CCSD’s monthly School Board Meeting, Superintendent Dr. Antwon Sutton unveiled the District’s 4-phase plan to return students for more days in the classroom. The plan will begin in early 2021, and will consist of a 4-day school week with Fridays remaining as a remote day for all students, and as an extra sanitation day for the schools.

The Virtual Academy will continue normal operations.

Phase One consists of the district’s current hybrid model. Phases Two and Three include re-entry at the elementary level, with grades 4K through second grade returning on Jan. 6, 2021, and third grade through fifth grade returning on Jan. 19.

With the success of Phase Three, the district will move to Phase Four, which will bring grades six through 12 back to classrooms on Feb. 8. School leaders said the district may go back to a full distance learning model at any time in response to COVID-19. Phases and dates may also be modified upon re-entry considerations.

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

Cleveland County Schools -- Cleveland County’s Board of Education has a plan for elementary school students to return to in-person instruction for five days.

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

Fort Mill Schools -- The Fort Mill School District will evaluate the possible return to five-day face to face instruction for middle and high school students in two week increments starting Jan 12.

The district said the goal of the process was to provide a minimum of two weeks notice to families if they decide students could return to five-day face-to-face instruction.

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the area and schools, the presence of possible community spread in schools, proper staffing, progress of the vaccine distribution, and guidance from DHEC and CDC.

Middle school students and high school students will continue with the A/B model for face-to-face instruction at the start of the second semester beginning Jan. 26. Elementary students will continue with five-day face-to-face instruction under the family model.

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.

The district’s board of education voted for students in K-3 to switch to Plan A on January 5.

Plan A will have in-class learning for K-3 students four days a week.

K-3 students will be in school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each week.

Wednesdays will remain remote learning days for all students in every grade in the district.

Fourth and fifth grade students along with grades 6-12 will stay on Plan B.

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

Iredell-Statesville Schools -- Iredell-Statesville Schools are operating under Plan B, which is a hybrid instruction model. In grades K-8, and students will attend school at least two days face-to-face and will learn virtual for the other days of the week.

Students in grades 9-12 will have access to face-to-face learning based on the school they attend and capacity on each high school campus.

Students and families will be contacted by each individual school for specifics about student days on campus. Questions regarding a specific campus should be directed to that campus.

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 -- The Kannapolis City Board of Education voted on Jan. 11 to keep students and staff in Plan C through February 15. This comes after the board reviewed the current community COVID-19 data and trends. The board will revisit the plan at a board meeting in February.

Lancaster County Schools -- The Lancaster County School District offers two learning models that 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 is operating under “Plan B”. This means a mix of in-person and remote learning, health precautions such as wearing masks and social distancing and making changes to transportation.

The school board meets tonight to discuss in-person instruction and remote learning plans.

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 -- The Mooresville Graded School District transitioned into a Hybrid Learning Model after an increase of COVID-19 cases. Students in Cohart A will meet two days that week; however, they will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday with Cohort B meeting their regularly scheduled Thursday and Friday.

Schedule for PreK-5 the week of November 30, 2020:

November 30 - PreK-5 Teacher Workday (no school for K-5 students)

December 1 & 2 - Cohort A in person at school

December 3 & 4 - Cohort B in person at school

(There will be no asynchronous work the week of November 30)

Schedule for PreK-5 beginning the week of December 7, 2020:

Monday & Tuesday - Cohort A in person at school / Cohort B remote work

Wednesday - WIN Wednesday

Thursday & Friday - Cohort B in person at school / Cohort A remote work

Grades 6 - 12 will continue their normal Plan B schedule

Read more here.

Richmond County Schools -- Richmond County Schools made the decision on Dec. 10, to fully operate under remote learning through January 29. The decision was made after an increase COVID-19 cases.

Additional information regarding plans after January 29 will be made after the school district consults with the health department following the CDC guidelines and data from the local and state metrics.

Here’s a look at the district’s plan for for Richmond County Schools.

Stanly County Schools --At a special called meeting, the Stanly County Schools Board of Education on Dec. 16., voted to temporarily return to Plan C for the first two weeks after the holiday break.

This comes after a rise of positive COVID-19 cases.

Students will learn remotely from January 7 through January 15 and then will resume Plan A, B or C on January 19.

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

Rowan-Salisbury Schools -- Rowan-Salisbury Schools is operating under Plan B.

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 looking at splitting students up 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 Dec. 30 to return to Plan A for most of their students on Jan. 11. Elementary students will resume in-person classes four days a week, and middle and high school students will continue in-person classes two days a week. Students enrolled in Plan D will continue with an all-virtual learning environment.

Fridays will continue to be a remote learning day for all students.

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

Watauga County Schools -- Watauga County Schools is operating 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 operates under

Students in grades PreK – 6th grade will attend school face-to-face on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with Wednesdays being SEE days for extra time and extra help. These Wednesdays will be used to provide additional cleaning of our schools as a part of our enhanced safety protocols.

Grades 7 – 12 will continue on the Cohort model, with Cohort A attending face-to-face on Mondays and Tuesdays and Cohort B attending face-to-face on Thursdays and Fridays, with Wednesdays being SEE days.

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