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Back-2-School Blog: Guilford County school board approves re-entry plan for students

This back-to-school blog is to help parents and students navigate this difficult time while operating under a new normal.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2020-2021 academic school year poses challenges for students and parents returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This blog is to help parents and students navigate this difficult time while operating under a new normal. Here, you will find resources, COVID-19 information, virtual school options, the latest school updates, and coverage from the WFMY News 2 team.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

7:00 p.m. - During a Thursday meeting, the Guilford County Schools Board of Education voted 5-4 to approve a re-entry plan for students. Under the plan, elementary students would go back to classrooms in October. High school students would have to wait until January.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020

9:30 p.m. - Randolph County Schools opts to start K-5 in-person full-time beginning October 19. 

The Board of Education voted 4-3.

Randolph County School board also approved option one for Middle School sports schedule.

6:30 p.m. - Randolph County Schools Board of Education meeting following Gov. Cooper's recent school announcement.

1 p.m. - Asheboro City Schools approves transition plan(s) for students

Asheboro City Schools said Phase 1 will begin on Monday and will only affect students attending the district's Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).

“These Pre-K students will receive in-person instruction five days a week. It's important to note, ECDC is regulated by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), the same agency that oversees childcare centers across the state,” the district said in a press release. “ECDC can go back to in-person instruction for five days a week because the facility has small enough class sizes and limited density to comply with state rules and regulations.”

11:30 a.m. – Sistas 4 Change Food Community Eatz will have a pop-up shop Mondays and Thursdays in Winston-Salem where they’re serving free meals.

The group will serve chicken, vegetables, cheerwine, slaw, queso, tacos, burritos and more.

It will be on Mondays in the parking lot at 1522 North Liberty Street across from Citgo and Thursdays off Patterson Street across from Churches Chicken.

The group said meals are first come, first serve.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 

9:00 p.m. - COVID-19 case reported at Southwestern Randolph Middle School.

Randolph County Schools sent the following:

"The Randolph County School System (RCSS) dealt with a COVID case involving exposure of individuals at Southwestern Randolph Middle School on 9/18/20.  Please know that the school system worked closely on this case with Randolph County Public Health.  All individuals who were exposed to the positive COVID case at the school are not permitted on RCSS campuses for 14 days and will participate in school remotely instead.  Any person who has been exposed has already been notified of this exposure and told not to come to school, or will be contacted by the leaders of Randolph County Public Health through their contact tracing process.  Also, a telephone message was sent to the homes of all students at the school to make parents aware of this case.  In addition, all staff members at the school were notified about the case through an email.  Our school system has followed all of the directives of Randolph County Public Health to ensure the safety of all students and staff members on the school's campus." 

4:40 p.m. - All courses and programs offered at Guilford Technical Community College will reopen Monday, Sept. 21. 

This includes courses and programs offered at all five campuses.

 The college has been operating on a modified schedule for select programs since Tuesday, Sept. 15, following a cybersecurity incident. Due to the ongoing investigation, the college does not have any additional information to share at this time.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

7:00 p.m. - Guilford County Schools has released its calendar for high school sports.

Voluntary workouts for volleyball and cross country start on Monday, September 28. Basketball starts on October 19. Football workouts start on November 30.

GCS will continue monitoring the latest COVID-19 trends and make changes, if necessary.

6:00 p.m. - The Davidson County School district confirmed at least one person tested positive at Welcome Elementary School. 

The district didn't say who tested positive. They also didn't mention if the school would close temporarily or if they've notified parents. The district's policy states anyone who tests positive cannot return to the building until at least three days after the person's symptoms have improved.

5:45 p.m. - Alamance-Burlington Schools said despite the Governor's announcement they will keep their current plan in place. 

5:15 p.m. - Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co. Board of Education COVID-19 Special Committee holds virtual meeting.

5:00 p.m. - Thomasville Schools said it will stay in Plan C through October 16, despite the Governor's announcement for districts to decide if elementary schools will reopen to all student in-person learning.

That's been the plan for a while, so it's just a bit of clarity that they won't be making any changes any time soon.

3:15 p.m. - Gov. Cooper announces kindergarten through fifth grade can return to in-person learning but will leave it up to school districts to make that decision. 

RELATED: COVID-19 Blog: Gov. Roy Cooper announces students K-5 can head back to the classroom

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 

The Asheboro City Board of Education approved a phase-in approach for students to head back to the classroom. The process will begin on Monday, Sept. 21, starting with students in the district's Early Childhood Development Center. Oct. 5, the district will welcome back Kindergarten through fifth-grade students under the hybrid Plan B model. Students will go to school in-person two days out of the week and do remote instruction for the rest of the week. Phase 3 of the plan starts on Oct. 19.  That's when students from sixth grade through 12th will return under Plan B. Students in the ACCESS Ed Remote Learning Program will continue online instruction.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020

5:45 p.m. - Guilford County Schools plans to open 10 more learning centers in addition to the 13 open right now. They plan to make an announcement Friday about the new locations.

RELATED: Guilford County Schools will open 63 internet hubs to students this Saturday and the next
5:00 p.m. - Guilford County Schools introduced 63 internet hubs to assist with remote learning. 

The district will open schools for students that have limited internet access on Saturday, Sept. 12, and 19. Only 30 visitors will be allowed at a time.
If you want a full list of what schools will be hubs. Click here to read our full article. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

6:00 p.m. - Surry County Schools announces return to learn Plan B effective September 21.

The Surry County Schools Board of Education voted to begin face-to-face instruction for students under the Surry County Schools Plan B effective Monday, September 21, 2020. Plan B is a return to learn in a blended/hybrid model with a combination of some face-to-face instruction with limited density in school buildings with enhanced health and safety protocols and some remote instruction.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2020

6:00 p.m. - Stokes County Schools will soon return to school for in-person learning. 

The school district announced it will move to its Plan B phase with students returning to schools on Monday, September 14.

3:30 p.m. - Thomasville City Schools will extend its Plan C for remote learning for the district through the end of the first nine weeks of the first quarter so through October 16, 2020. 

The Board of Education recently voted on the decision.

3:00 p.m. - Lexington City Schools voted in favor of delaying the reopening of schools for in-person learning until the first nine-weeks term on October 15, 2020. 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 19, 2020

9 a.m. - The NCEDCloud, which powers remote learning systems for schools across the state, crashed for a second time on Wednesday. The system was up and running again as of noon.

RELATED: NCEDCloud goes down again for some students learning remotely

TUESDAY, AUG. 18, 2020

4:18 p.m. - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is investigating after inappropriate activity in a virtual class. 

Southeast Middle School was alerted during a virtual art class that a participant in the class began yelling obscenities and making inappropriate gestures. It was later identified the person was a WS/FCS student. The school system is looking into how the student was able to access the virtual class.

MONDAY AUG. 17, 2020

4:00 p.m. - Guilford County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras talking about first day of school and addressing remote learning issues. 

Guilford County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras talking about first day of school and remote learning issues

HAPPENING NOW | Guilford County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Sharon Contreras talking about first day of school and remote learning issues

Posted by WFMY News 2 on Monday, August 17, 2020

9 a.m. - A statewide technical problem is delaying the first day of school with thousands of students unable to login to remote learning.

Just before 9 a.m. Guilford County Schools posted to its Facebook page about the issue.

RELATED: NCEDCloud glitch causes technical issues on first day of school

SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS

Alamance-Burlington SchoolsAfter initially choosing to open school under an A-B day schedule, on Thursday, July 23, the ABSS board voted to begin the year with remote learning. 

RELATED: Alamance-Burlington Schools pivots from initial back-to-school plan

Guilford County Schools: Will begin the new school year with nine weeks of remote learning.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Continue with remote learning under Plan C-- remote learning-- with the possibility of later entering Plan B-- in-class learning with social distancing and other precautions. Remote learning will continue for at least nine weeks for the first part of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Davidson County Schools: Option two plan includes in-school and remote learning. Under the plan, students will undergo a one-week orientation beginning on August 17. The school district will begin plan B on September 14 with an A-B day schedule.

Rockingham County Schools: Will begin the new year with remote learning for the first five weeks through at least Sept. 18.

Randolph County SchoolsWill begin the new with Plan B on an A-B day schedule with remote learning during the week. 

Asheboro City Schools: Revised its reopening plan by delaying the move into Plan B. Starting August 17, all students will work remotely with the exception of elementary, sixth, and ninth-grade students. For these students, the first week of August 17 will be an orientation week. After that, all students will work remotely until September 21, 2020.

Stokes County Schools: Will begin the new year with remote learning for the first nine weeks before transitioning to an A-B day schedule.

RELATED: Stokes County Schools switches to all remote learning plan

Surry County Schools: Will continue with remote learning for the first six weeks of the new academic school year. The school district will then decide on September 21, if the district will then transition into Plan B with students returning to schools.

Wilkes County SchoolsWill operate under Plan B for the 2020-2021 school year. Plan B for Wilkes County Schools will be an A-B schedule.

Mount Airy City Schools: Will operate under Plan B for the new academic year with face-to-face instruction.

Caswell County Schools: Caswell County Schools originally approved Plan B reopening but has since changed their plan. The Caswell County Board of Education has now voted to begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 17 under Plan C. Plan C provides total remote learning for all students. Plan C will be implemented during the first nine weeks of school, through Oct. 14. The Board of Education will revisit Plan C at the Sept. 27 board meeting and discuss student progress as well as the possibility of transitioning back-to-school after Oct. 14. 

RELATED: School districts announcing reopening plans | Here’s what we know

SCHOOL DISTRICT COVID-19 UPDATES

School districts are providing COVID-19 updates, plans and resources on their sites. 

Guilford County Schools

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Alamance-Burlington School System

Asheboro City Schools

Davidson County Schools  

Lexington City Schools

Thomasville City Schools

Randolph County Schools

Rockingham County Schools  

Wilkes County Schools

Mount Airy City Schools  

Yadkin County Schools  

Surry County Schools

Stokes County Schools

Caswell County Schools

Alleghany County Schools

Davie County Schools

Montgomery County Schools

VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMS

Guilford County Schools  

Enroll: Guilford County Schools' Virtual Learning Programs

Enrollment Deadline: Aug. 1

Virtual School Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy will be housed at Hunter Elementary School and will serve grades K-5. Guilford eLearning University Prep will serve grades 6 through 8 and will be housed at Jackson Middle School. Students in grades 9 through 12 can enroll in the eLearning University Prep Academy program while remaining assigned to their home school. Each school will have a principal, counselors, staff and teachers skilled in online learning.

The two virtual schools will launch in conjunction with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school, which begins Aug. 17, according to new state law. Students may register now at the virtual schools. There are no prerequisite requirements for enrollment. The enrollment deadline is Aug. 1.

RELATED: Guilford County Schools to launch two tuition-free virtual schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools 

Enroll: WS/FCS Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Questions: List of frequently asked questions 

About

WS/FCS Virtual Academy is a program in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School district. The program is designed to provide students with a personalized education option that offers virtual experiences that are flexible, rigorous, and innovative. The academy will have its own attendance policy and transportation will be provided to the student’s residential school for any required state assessments. Students will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at their residential school.   

Davidson County Schools 

Online Academy Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Davidson County Schools' Online Academy has already closed for enrollment. Students will get a notification about their status by July 30.

Lexington City Schools 

Enroll: Lexington Virtual Academy 

Currently accepting applications but after July 13, students will be put on a waitlist. 

About

A virtual alternative to the traditional school for rising first through twelfth-grade students.

Enroll: Lexington Virtual Academy for Kindergarten students 

About

Lexington City Schools is enrolling for its Lexington Virtual Academy for kindergarten students. 

Thomasville City Schools 

Enroll: TRAIL program application

Enrollment Deadline: July 31

About

Thomasville City Schools is offering a fully virtual learning option for the upcoming year. The TRAIL program is available for K through 12 and will be remote regardless of the rest of the district.

Asheboro City Schools 

Enroll: ACCESS ED

Enrollment Deadline: Aug. 1

ACCESS ED Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

The ACCESS Ed Remote Learning Program for Asheboro City Schools will be available for students in grades K through 12, offering a fully remote learning experience for families who prefer remote learning during COVID-19. There are no plans for the participation of PreK students or for this program to continue beyond the 2020-2021 school year.  

Rockingham County Schools 

Enroll: Virtual learning program

Virtual learning questions: List of frequently asked questions

Wilkes County Schools 

Enroll: Virtual learning program

Enrollment Deadline: July 31

About

Remote Learning is available as an option for any family who does not wish for their child to attend under Plan B. Students who choose to attend Wilkes County Schools through remote learning will have the same expectation as those students who are under Plan B learning on a face-to-face A/B day schedule.  

Yadkin County Schools 

Enroll: Yadkin Virtual Academy

Virtual learning questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Yadkin Virtual Academy is a 100% online school created to provide students with additional opportunities in an online environment.  

Mount Airy City Schools

Enroll: C.L.A.S.S. Virtual learning program

About

Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) offers educational opportunities that are tailor-made for today’s learners. Led by highly-qualified staff and offering a full range of student support, this partnership allows students from all backgrounds and areas of interest, to customize their learning experience through Customized Learning Anywhere/Anytime for Student Success (CLASS).  

Stokes County Schools 

Enroll: Stokes County Schools Online Learning

About

Current families who would like their child to attend 100% remote learning can choose that option when completing the enrollment form.

Davie County Schools 

Enrollment closed

Virtual Learning Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

DCS Virtual is an opportunity for Davie County students to get rigorous, personalized instruction remotely. All K through 12th-grade students who are enrolled in Davie County Schools are eligible to apply for DCS Virtual. Homeschool and private school students are also encouraged to apply. 

Montgomery County Schools 

Enroll: RemotEd

Virtual Learning Questions: List of frequently asked questions 

About 

Students who choose remote learning will have access to all services and opportunities afforded to traditional students.  

SCHOOL DISTRICT HOTLINES 

Guilford County Schools: 336-370-8100 

GCS' Let's Talk allows you to click on the department you need and send an email. 

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools: 336-661-3128

WS/FCS: New Hotline Hours: Parents and students with questions related to the return to school can call (336) 661-3128 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, during the summer.

Alamance-Burlington School System: 336-570-6060 

ABSS staff directory

Asheboro City Schools: 336-542-1007 

Davidson County Schools: 336-249-8182  

Send an email

Lexington City Schools: 336-242-1527 

Thomasville City Schools: 336-474-4200 

Send an email

Randolph County Schools: 336-633-5000 

Rockingham County Schools: 336-627-2600  

Wilkes County Schools: 336-667-1121

Mount Airy City Schools: 336-786-8355 

Yadkin County Schools: 336-679-2051   

Surry County Schools: 336-386-8211 

Send a tip line email

Stokes County Schools: 336-593-8146 

Send an email 

Caswell County Schools: 336-694-4116 

Send an email

Alleghany County Schools: 336-372-4345 

Davie County Schools: 336-751-5921 

Montgomery County Schools: (910) 576-6511 

SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARS 

Guilford County Schools

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Alamance-Burlington School System

Asheboro City Schools

Davidson County Schools  

Lexington City Schools

Thomasville City Schools

Randolph County Schools

Rockingham County Schools  

Wilkes County Schools

Mount Airy City Schools  

Yadkin County Schools  

Surry County Schools

Stokes County Schools

Caswell County Schools

Alleghany County Schools

Davie County Schools

Montgomery County Schools


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS 

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RELATED: Virtual vs. remote school: Triad districts say there are differences

RELATED: Some Triad parents seek new ways to educate their kids for the new school year

RELATED: NCHSAA delays start of fall sports until at least September 1

RELATED: 'There is no ideal solution here' | Guilford County Schools discusses options for reopening in the fall

RELATED: Gov. Cooper announces Plan B reopening option for North Carolina schools. Here's what it means.

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