School is officially in session for all Wayne County Public Schools students. Although remote, on Monday, August 17, twenty-nine schools operating on the Traditional Academic Calendar kicked off their first day of school.
Outside of some state level technology platform slowdowns in the morning, administrators say the day was fairly calm and unlike any first day of school staff has ever seen before. As part of the return to school, teachers and staff are holding induction meetings to provide families information about school expectations, assist them with logging in to online platforms, and support those in need with technology or online access.
“We are used to having hundreds of students fill our buildings, bringing a buzz of excitement and anticipation into our hallways and classrooms,” states Dr. James Merrill, interim superintendent. “While we all miss those feelings and sounds, we are still glad to see the many small groups of students and families meeting with teachers and staff for the first time to understand what school will look like this year.”
Over the next three weeks, the district will be providing training to help teachers effectively provide instruction to students who are at school and those who are at home on the same day as a part of Plan B, which is a hybrid of face-to-face and remote instruction. The district will also be working to finalize bus routes and address any logistical issues with the transition from full remote instruction to Plan B on September 8.
Two schools, Wayne Early/Middle College High and Wayne School of Engineering opened on August 12 in Plan B. Goldsboro High opened on August 12 in full remote and will transition to Plan B on September 3.
Back to School Resources for Families
Since July 16, the district has promoted a special 2020-2021 School Reopening Updates site to assist families seeking the most current information about School Reopening Plans, Key dates and other valuable resources to help get their school year off to the right start. Click on 2020-2021 School Reopening Updates to see most current updates specific to Health Screenings, Masks & Social Distancing, Responding to COVID-19, Cleaning & Sanitizing, Technology & Remote Instruction, and Curbside Meals.