Wake Board of Education meets to establish back-to-school plans for 4th, 5th graders :: WRAL.com | #Education

— Wake County school board members are holding a special called meeting on Thursday to discuss what learning will look like for 4th and 5th grade students.

The district is on track to send its youngest students back to the classroom next Wednesday. Students in kindergarten through fifth grades would return to the classroom full time, while those in grades 6 through 12 would return to status they had at the end of the fall semester.

Plans for 4th and 5th graders are still in limbo because those classes are much bigger and wouldn’t allow for proper social distancing.

Before winter break, 4th and 5th grade students would do online classes for three weeks and then were set to transition to daily in-person classes. But the board is considering extending the time that those students are online while they figure out a way to reduce class sizes.

This decision would be made less than a week before students are set to return for school.

The board agenda said that officials “may take action to revise the current Board-adopted plan for in-person instruction for second semester.”

Durham Public Schools, by contrast, announced last week that all students would continue learning remotely through the end of the school year due to the rise in coronavirus cases.

The district is encouraging all school district employees to get tested for coronavirus as soon as possible before school starts back.

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