By WECT Staff | January 3, 2021 at 10:35 AM EST – Updated January 4 at 5:09 AM
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The holidays are over and it’s time for students to head back to school, but as with 2020, the second semester of learning is going to look a bit different due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Below is a list of the five counties school systems in the region, along with Whiteville City Schools, and their respective plans to bring students back to the classroom.
Several of the school systems have decided to shift back to remote learning for the first portion of the new semester, while others are bringing students back immediately.
The entire three-phase plan is as follows:
The second semester for all students begins on Monday, January 4. All grade levels (PreK-12) will return to school in Plan C (Remote Learning). Teachers and staff will report to the building for work, practicing social distancing, and following all CDC guidelines. Foodservice will be provided following our previous meal delivery service. Plan C would continue for a period of three weeks, ending on Friday, January 22.
Phase 2 (if conditions are favorable based on COVID-19 data, current executive orders by the Governor, and health officials’ feedback):
On Monday, January 25, all students in grades PreK-12 will transition to Plan B, which allows for students to attend two days per week on an AABB schedule, with Wednesdays being used as remote learning day and cleaning day for schools. Parents will still have the option for their children to remain in remote learning.
Phase 3 (if conditions are favorable based on COVID-19 data, current executive orders by the Governor, and health officials’ feedback):
On Monday, February 15, students in grades K-4 will transition to Plan A, which allows for students to attend four days per week, with Wednesdays being used as a remote learning day and cleaning day for schools. Grades 5-12 will continue with Plan B (which is currently the maximum approved level by the Governor’s Office). Parents will still have the option for their children to remain in remote learning.
In Brunswick County, students will start with remote learning days followed by a transition back to Plan C learning. The following is the scheduled plan for Brunswick County Schools.
“As approved in the 20-21 Calendar – January 4th and 5th of the 2nd Semester are Asynchronous Remote Learning Days for all students. Students will complete assignments independently. January 6-15 will be an 8 day transition back to Plan C and will be a blend of synchronous and asynchronous remote learning as it was from August 17th-September 18th. It is the intent to return all students back to their selected 2nd semester plan on January 19th,” according to the school system.
Columbus County Schools is starting the new year off on Jan. 5 with all virtual instruction for all students from Pre-K through 12th grade until Jan. 15, January 4th is a teacher workday.
“Schools will communicate with students and parents to address needs and questions, and are aware some students do not have devices. Please reach out to your school on Monday if you have any questions,” according to the school system.
New Hanover County Schools
“Beginning January 4, 2021, all student are in remote learning from January 4 – 8. On January 11, middle and high school students will return to Plan B AA/BB schedule. Pre-K through grade 5 will continue in remote learning through January 15. Schools are closed on January 18 for observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Starting January 19, pre-K through grade 5 students will return to in-person instruction five days a week under Plan A.”
“The Board of Education also voted unanimously to align the Restart Year-Round Calendars for Rachel Freeman School of Engineering and Snipes Academy of Arts & design with traditional school calendars for the first two weeks of the second semester. Freeman School of Engineering and Snipes Academy will also be in remote learning for all pre-K through grade 5 students from January 4-15. There will be no school on Monday, January 18, 2021 due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. Plan A for pre-K through grade 5 students will begin on Tuesday, January 19, 2021,” according to the school system.
“Elementary aged students will continue to learn under the current Plan A model to start the second semester. This means all students can come to campus on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with all students learning remotely on Wednesday. For middle schoolers, Plan B learning will still be in place with Cohort A reporting on Monday and Tuesday and Cohort B coming to campus on Thursday and Friday. All middle school students will learn remotely on Wednesday.”
“High school students will be see the biggest change. Following a survey of current online only students, it has been determined that the number of students returning to a classroom will be too large to maintain the two cohort system and meet the social distancing requirements related to Plan B learning. Therefore, high school students will be divided into three cohorts, A, B and C. However, learning will take place slightly differently from the three-cohort system high schoolers started the year under. You can learn all about the rotation by watching this video and by clicking here to see a copy of the calendar plan,” according to the school system.
Students at Whiteville County Schools will start with virtual learning on Jan. 5 – 15.
“Due to the high number of COVID cases in our area, and the anticipated rise in cases due to travel and family gatherings over the Christmas break, Whiteville City Schools will operate on Plan C (total virtual learning) for January 5 through January 15, 2021,” according to the school system.
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