It’s back to school time in NC for the 2020 and 2021 session, but things are considerably different for parents and teachers as concerns mount over the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. This article will focus on concerns over Plan B and C for students, caregivers, school administrators, and educators.
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DISCUSSIONS ON NC COUNTY DISTRICTS
Per NC Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order, NC public schools will operate under Plan B which allows for only 50% capacity during instruction time, and demands mask wearing, increased cleaning, and social distancing for all students, staff, and teachers. Students will attend classroom instruction two days and week while doing virtual learning three days a week. However, parents have the option to choose Plan C which is 100% online seven days a week. Students with an IEPs or who are in EC classes can attend classroom instruction seven days a week. Additionally, various county districts can choose Plan C for all students despite the Governor’s executive order.
As a parent, are you opting to choose Plan B or C for your school age child? Why?
If you are a school administrator, what are the positive benefits to Plan C versus B? Which option did your NC county district choose?
As a teacher, what concerns do you have about each plan and which option did your NC county district choose?
As of August 13, health officials are reporting a continued climb in COVID-19 Coronavirus infections, hospitalizations, and deaths associated with this virus. If this trend continues in to 2021, do you foresee school administrators and board of education members switching from B to C?
As a parent and under Plan B, do you foresee switching to C if the current trend continues?
As a parent of a student that has an IEP or attends EC learning, did you opt for in classroom learning or virtual learning? If the current trend continues in increasing confirmed cases or worsening infections, do you see switching your child from the classroom to virtual learning? If so, why? If not, why?
As a staff member employed in a NC county district who is charged with cleaning and disinfecting classrooms, lunchrooms, and other spaces within your facility, what new and unique ways is your district approaching this?
As a healthcare professional or school nurse, what insights do you have about the back to school curriculum in NC specifically related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus?
As a student, what are your concerns or positive insights on virtual learning versus in classroom learning? How are you dealing with peer socializing and extracurricular activities?
Under the new NC county curriculum, how are extracurricular activities such a sports games, band, and theater being addressed?
As the new school year starts and focusing on children that ride to and from home to schools, what concerns or new and unique ways is your district handling masks, cleaning and disinfecting, and social distancing on buses?
Are there any unique and new ways that administrators or board of education members are addressing the impacts on how schools operate for students and families of low income, or for students that have a federal IEP in place or who attend EC classes? Are these families and students vulnerable under either Plan C or B? What can be done different?
As a NC working parent, or single parent, how are you dealing with child care or monitoring at home learning while continuing to work?
What are some other concerns or insights you have as a student or teacher that we did not address in this article as the back to school schedule gets underway?
As a reader using the discussion form below, please indicate what county in NC or city your child attends school in as we are interested in learning about unique and different ways administrators and board of education members are addressing the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic in large inner city urban areas versus rural areas.