As students move to Plan A, families will still have the option of keeping their students at home learning remotely in Plan C, and Fridays will remain a remote learning day for all students, Cabarrus County officials say.
Officials say families will be required to fill out a commitment form choosing either Plan C or Plan A, as attending school two days a week in Plan B will no longer be an option.
“As a Board, we are excited that we now are able to allow middle and high school students additional in-person instruction,” said Cabarrus County Board of Education Chair Holly Grimsley. “I am also encouraged by the spirit of collaboration and teamwork displayed to develop this plan so quickly.”
County officials say students in grades PreK through 3rd grade and any students receiving services through the district’s Exceptional Children, English Language Learners, 504 and McKinney-Vento programs will continue in-person instruction four days a week, with 4th and 5th graders adopting Plan A on Monday, March 15th.
Officials say this move comes after Governor Roy Cooper signed the Reopen Our Schools Act of 2021 into law on March 11th, which requires public schools to offer in-person instruction to K-12th grade students for the rest of the school year.
School officials say commitment forms will be sent out on March 15th to prepare for the transition, and the commitment forms must be returned by March 18th.
Officials say the district will make Monday, April 12th a teacher workday, so teachers can prepare for students to be back in the classroom.
Interim Superintendent Brian Schultz said, “I echo Board Chair Grimsley’s excitement and am grateful for the collaborative efforts of all involved. We are fortunate to have had input from our students, staff and community to help inform and guide our planning for this transition.”