September 17, 2020 – Coronavirus executive order amended.
NC Governor Roy Cooper is amending his stay at home executive order under Phase 2.5 to allow elementary school aged kids to go back to in classroom learning at their schools full-time starting October 5, 2020.
However, the governor also stated that individual school districts will be allowed to either follow his amended decision, or remain at the current Plan B or Plan C districts are working under now.
In short, even though the governor says they can go back to in-person classes, an individual school district can say no and keep 3 day virtual classes and 2 day in-person instruction going.
Furthermore, the NC governor also stated that for districts who decide to open elementary schools full-time, parents can still choose to keep kids under virtual learning. The governor stated that for many families who have elderly persons in the home, the concern for children to bringing the Coronavirus home is still a real concern.
On October 5, 2020, for those districts that open back up for elementary schools, screening, masks, social distancing, and increased cleaning will still be in place.
Governor Cooper noted that the improving Coronavirus numbers in NC and evidence that elementary school aged children having lower likelihood of infection and transmission fueled his decision to amend his Coronavirus executive order.
Governor Cooper said that for all public education schools under the K-12 umbrella, to include pre-K, students at primary schools, middle schools, and high schools, he will continue to listen to medical experts on their opinions and guidance in re-opening these K-12 institutions if data suggests they can open safely.
Cooper’s primary 2020 challenger Lt. Governor Dan Forest issued a statement that he wants all schools re-opened.