North Carolina school districts can return to five days per week in-person classes for grades K-5 without capacity restrictions starting October 5th. Governor Roy Cooper announced the decision last week.
Lincoln Charter School, which had started the year with all remote learning, will switch to Plan A, which calls for in-school classes five days per week, for grades K-5 effective October 19th. The Lincoln Charter Schoool Board made that decision Monday night (September 21st). They also decided to move to Plan B (a mixture of in-person and remote learning) for grades 7-8 starting October 19th and for grades 9-12 starting October 26th.
The Lincoln County Board of Education met Thursday morning (September 24th) and decided to switch from Plan B to Plan A for grades K-5 beginning Tuesday October 13th. That day, elementary students will go to school four days. Beginning Monday October 19th, elementary students and staff will transition to a full Plan ‘A’, five days per week of face-to-face instruction. Students and families currently on Plan ‘C’ (all remote learning) will be required to have a medically approved recommendation to continue with remote learning beyond October 19th. T
According to a Thursday afternoon news release, the Lincoln County Schools administrative staff will begin immediately working with families and students to transition the elementary grades back to an in-person classroom setting, while taking into consideration families that have a medically approved recommendation from a doctor and choose to learn remotely.
Principals will share additional information with their respective school community in the coming days, said Supt. Dr. Lory Morrow: “By moving to Plan A, students will receive much-needed face-to-face instruction each school day. Technology is a fabulous tool that reinforces digital teaching and learning, but it is not intended to replace a dynamic classroom teacher.” Additional guidance will be shared via the school and district social media platforms and websites.
The Gaston County School Board met Monday and decided not to switch to Plan A just yet. Supt. Dr. Jeffrey Booker said before that can happen, schools need time to prepare. Dr. Booker said one problem is that classrooms that now have a dozen desks will require twice that many for the change--and social distancing will be a problem, if possible at all.
The Catawba County School Board will meet Monday for an all-day work session followed by a regular meeting that evening. The question about whether to move to Plan A will certainly be a topic of discussion.
The vote Thursday morning by the Lincoln County School Board was 4-2 in favor of the change that was approved. Board member Tony Jenkins was not present; Kirk Herbertson and Joan Avery voted against the move to Plan A; Heather Rhyne, Cathy Davis, Todd Wulfhorst and Mark Mullen all voted in favor of the change.