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“With Randolph County’s increasing percent positive numbers (currently at 8.2 percent), we believe further discussion is warranted about elementary students returning to school full time on Monday, October 26,” said Woody, referencing that 8.2% which health officials would like to be under 5 for more favorable conditions for full school-week returns.
“As such, we will be discussing whether we should move forward with Plan A or remain in Plan B until the county’s numbers improve.”
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ACS Executive Director of Human Resources Carla Freemeyer is expected to deliver a presentation dealing with COVID-19 information as well as procedures surrounding the pandemic. Dr. Woody will then address the board in reference to the Asheboro City Schools reentry plan.
After initially opting to start the year under Plan B, Asheboro City Schools shifted to all remote just before the school calendar was to officially start on Aug. 17. On Sept. 10, the Asheboro Board of Education unanimously approved a measure passed in pieces that reopened the schools under their Plan B (A Day/B Day) program.
The Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC, Pre-K) program was approved to return to school on Sept. 21. Then a separate proposal was approved for the elementary school-aged children to return to school on Oct. 5 and finally a third passed to return middle and high school students to campus under plan B which opened this week.
Asheboro superintendent Dr. Aaron Woody happy students will return
Dr. Aaron Woody, ACS superintendent, comments on the process for approving getting students back to school
Thus far, Woody says that the staff and students in the system have had a great week in the early going of returning to school.
“We’ve had a tremendous first few weeks in Plan B with our elementary students,” he said. “This week was the first we’ve had secondary students in our buildings and, so far, our teachers, principals, students, and families are doing a great job adhering to requirements outlined in the NCDHHS Public Health Toolkit to ensure the safest possible environments for our school communities.”
While elementary students were to begin plan A on Monday, the middle and high school students were to remain under plan B for the foreseeable future.
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The Randolph County Board of Education faced a similar discussion last week as well. With elementary school students set to begin this past Monday (Oct. 19) under plan A, the county school board called a special meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Their discussion included Randolph County Public Health director Susan Hayes attending the meeting virtually to present data and figures related to COVID-19 along with more data for Randolph County School System Superintendent Dr. Stephen Gainey.
Their decision eventually settled on standing pat, although delays brought about by the special meeting and a possible change in course led to the board pushing back the plan A re-opening to Oct. 26.