Wake Board of Education meets to discuss second semester back-to-school plans :: WRAL.com

By Nia Harden, WRAL reporter Cary, N.C. — Wake County school board members are holding a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss whether or not to bring all elementary schoolers back to the classroom next Wednesday. As it stands, the board plans to send students in kindergarten through fifth […]

— Wake County school board members are holding a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss whether or not to bring all elementary schoolers back to the classroom next Wednesday.

As it stands, the board plans to send students in kindergarten through fifth grades back to the classroom. Before the second semester, only pre-k through third grade students were on campus every day. Middle and high schoolers plan set to return to campus on three week rotations of online and in-person learning.

The board is expected to discuss the schedules of fourth and fifth graders because those classes are much bigger and may not allow for proper social distancing.

Before winter break, fourth and fifth grade students were in class for one week and and spent two weeks doing online classwork.

The board will either continue with a previously approved plan and bring fourth and fifth grade students back to the classroom daily, where they would join pre-k through third grade students. Or, the board will revise what in-person learning would look like for fourth and fifth graders.

This decision would be made less than a week before students are set to return for school.

All Wake County students are learning remotely after the board decided to halt in-person classes to limit the spread of coronavirus after winter break.

Durham Public Schools, by contrast, announced last week that all students would continue learning remotely through the end of the school year due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

The district is encouraging all school district employees to get tested for coronavirus as soon as possible before school starts back.

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