School districts adjust to getting back to normal this fall

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — School districts are making plans for a normal school year in the fall more than a year after the pandemic forced students to learn from home.

Cabarrus County Schools is doing away with the full-remote option, but families who want to stay remote will still have that option.

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“I think it’s a good thing, because it helps the kids get back to normal,” parent Kelsie Bailey said. “I mean, for us at least, because I’m a stay-at-home mom, the one day off hasn’t been a problem, but it has been for a lot of people.”

The school district is citing a decline in cases and vaccine availability.

Bailey said keeping the virtual option separate will be helpful.

“I know my son’s teacher,” Bailey said. “She’s teaching him and his kids in the classroom but then she’s still having to pay attention to kids on the computer, and I know that’s really hard for her.”

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials are exploring an expanded virtual option, as well, beyond the district’s existing virtual high school. The Board of Education is scheduled to discuss it Tuesday night at its meeting.

“I’m all about, ‘It’s your choice you do what’s right for you,’” parent Rae Plumley said.

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