Health, Safety Paramount in Board’s Decision for Plan C
Published by Angel Hoggard on July 21, 2020
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Fayetteville, NC – After Governor Roy Cooper’s July 14 announcement granting local Boards of Education the option to choose either Plan B (Blended Face-To-Face & Remote Instruction) or Plan C (Remote Instruction Only) based on local COVID-19 conditions, the Cumberland County Board of Education unanimously voted to adopt Plan C with the intent of keeping its students and staff safe and healthy.

This recommendation came after school officials considered the latest local COVID-19 metrics, stakeholder feedback, CDC recommendations, and guidance from local health officials. Under Plan C, schools throughout the district will begin making strides for students to return to school as follows:

  • August 3 – Cross Creek & Cumberland International Early College High Schools
  • August 12 – Cumberland Polytechnic High School
  • August 17 – Traditional Schools
  • August 17 – Year-Round Schools

“We will work to maximize student engagement and provide high-quality remote learning experiences for every child,” said Dr. Connelly. “We want everyone to take learning seriously. We will be assessing student work and providing feedback and grades on student work.”

All schools will operate under Plan C for at least six weeks, through at least September 25, 2020. All schools will begin operating under Plan B (Blended-Remote and Face-to-Face Learning), beginning no earlier than September 28, 2020, provided the director of the Cumberland County Department of Public Health, Dr. Jennifer Green, confirms that COVID-19 conditions have improved sufficiently in Cumberland County such that Plan B can be safely implemented.

“With a focus on student and staff safety, Dr. Green and I have discussed a school re-entry process that would allow all CCS schools to reopen remotely (Plan C), eventually moving to Plan B (Blended-Remote and Face-to-Face Learning), and ultimately arriving back to a sense of normalcy – Plan A (Traditional Face-to-Face Learning with Minimal Social Distancing) once receiving approval from the state,” said Dr. Connelly. “Ideally, we need a two-week consistent decline in the spread of the virus and no greater than an increase of 7 percent.”

Fortunately, many CCS families have already completed a Re-Entry Enrollment Form that indicates their preferences within Plan B to place their child in a blended in-person learning experience, a remote-learning experience full-time, or in the Cumberland Academy [K-12 Virtual School]) should COVID-19 conditions improve.

In the coming weeks, the district will share with parents and staff details of how Plan C will be fully implemented. Currently, the district is exploring ways to provide multiple student orientation options and device pick-up opportunities to prepare students to engage in robust, standards-aligned remote learning experiences at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

For additional information regarding Cumberland County Schools Re-Entry, visit www.reentry.ccs.k12.nc.us

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER: All Cumberland County Schools district-level and school-based communications or guidance, e.g.,handbooks, websites, social media communications, etc., are subject to change at any time due to changing COVID-19 conditions and related health or safety guidance.

        

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