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2020-2021 School Reopening Updates

August 5, 2020 Update

On Wednesday, August 5, the Wayne County Board of Education in a split 4-2 decision voted to reopen schools under Plan C - Full Remote Instruction - for the first three weeks of school for all schools except Wayne Early/Middle College High and Wayne School of Engineering. The two Cooperative Innovative High Schools will reopen under Plan B as planned.

The Board made the decision after hearing a Plan B update from the district administration. Serious concerns were raised by administrators about the need for more time to be able to provide adequate training to teachers in order for them to more effectively teach students in a hybrid face-to-face and remote instruction model. Administrators also expressed that having extra time would allow for accurate enrollment data to be obtained, clear bus routes to be finalized, purchased technology to be received, and for buildings to be fully prepared for students to return face-to-face instruction.

While all Board members in attendance were in agreement that nearly all schools needed to reopen under Plan C, the Board passionately debated how much time would be sufficient to give schools to prepare for the transition to Plan B. Those in favor of the motion for three weeks of full remote instruction were Vice-Chair Strickland and Board members Leatham, Faulk, and Democko. Those who voted against the motion because they were in favor of four weeks of full remote instruction were Chair West and Board member Burden.

The instructional schedules for WCPS schools are now as follows:

Key Dates

School

Instructional Plan

August 12  

Goldsboro High

First Day of School – Plan C

August 12 

Wayne Early/Middle College High

First Day of School - Plan B

August 12

Wayne School of Engineering

First Day of School - Plan B

August 17

Traditional Academic Calendar Schools

First Day of School – Plan C

September 3

Goldsboro High

Start of Plan B

September 8

Traditional Academic Calendar Schools

Start of Plan B


Families should be on the lookout for updates and information from the district and their child’s school in the coming days about what reopening under Plan C and the transition to Plan B will look like. 
  

School Reopening Plans

The following documents are comprehensive reopening plans for WCPS schools. These plans are intended to address a variety of stakeholders' needs while also meeting the latest guidelines, recommendations and mandates from the State. 
   
  

Technology & Internet Access Survey

Student/Family Survey Information:  WCPS is using this survey in order to determine internet and device needs for our students as it relates to remote learning. Your participation in this survey is critical to our planning efforts for remote learning per NC Senate Bill 704.

Please complete a separate survey for each student in your household.  

Student Survey

Staff Survey Information:  WCPS is using this survey in order to determine internet and device needs for our teachers & support staff as it relates to remote learning. Your participation in this survey is critical to our planning efforts for remote learning per NC Senate Bill 704.

You must sign in with your WCPS Google Account to complete the survey.  

NC Guidelines for School Reopening

The following documents list the very specific requirements, mandates and expectations that schools need to implement or follow in order to reopen for remote or face-to-face instruction.
  
  
         
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