It was last week that the Craven County Board of Education made the decision to postpone student’s return to the classroom for face to face instruction, instead opting to go virtual for the first two weeks. Now the school system says they are beginning to see the number of positive cases among staff and students rise following the holiday break.
School districts in Eastern Carolina are worried about seeing a spike in coronavirus cases among students and staff following the upcoming winter break, especially after the recent surge they saw following Thanksgiving.
Lenoir County Public School students currently going to school twice a week for face-to-face instruction can move to a four-day-a-week schedule in January provided public health guidelines can still be met at their school and in their classroom.
Recent studies have shown students across the country are struggling with virtual learning, and it’s being reflected in test scores. In Craven County, School leaders say this wasn’t completely unexpected but is something that they are working around the clock to address so students don’t fall even further behind.
Monday was the first day back to school after the Thanksgiving holiday break, and as coronavirus cases continue to surge across North Carolina school systems are asking families to remain vigilant about any COVID symptoms they may be experiencing, in an effort to try and minimize the spread.
The Craven County School district welcomed back students to their buildings for the first time since mid-March, but a lot of things have changed for those students who are now attending at least partial face to face instruction with their teachers. That also includes the procedure for getting on and off the school bus.
The start of a new week is bringing the start of a new learning plan for students in Craven County. Monday marked the start of the second nine weeks of school and the transition into Plan B learning, which means students will return to the classroom for partial face to face instruction.
For the first time in months, students at the two Early College High Schools in Craven County went back to school for face to face instruction. The change comes as these schools start their second nine weeks of learning, the Board of Education voted to move to Plan B after starting the school year under Plan C which was fully virtual.
Schools in the east are getting closer to the start of the second nine weeks of learning and for many, that means switching up how instruction is being done, all while dealing with positive COVID-19 cases among staff.
The Lenoir County School System says about 60 percent of students plan to return to the classroom Monday when the district begins its hybrid learning option. About 40 percent plan to continue with fully remote learning.
The Onslow County Board of Education is expected to vote in a special meeting called Monday on a plan to send elementary school students back to fully in-person learning as early as October. School Board Chair Pam Thomas told WITN News she expects that vote to pass.