Wake County Schools considering remote-only back-to-school plan

CARY, N.C. (WNCN) — A spokesperson for Wake County Public Schools tells CBS 17 that the school system is considering a switch to remote-only learning for its students for the upcoming school year.

After planning to move forward with Plan B, a mix of in-person and remote-learning, Wake County School Board Chair Keith Sutton tells CBS 17 that they are considering Plan C (remote-only) due to parents and teachers concerns as well as metrics surrounding COVID-19.

They are also taking in to account what other districts are doing, and concerns from parents and teachers about finding childcare and the health and safety of staff and students.

“I know parents are concerned about the social and emotional learning piece, but school is not going to look the same,” said Ashley Lawson, whose kids attend Wake Co. public schools.

She added, “I would prefer if we went virtual for the first semester and then hopefully things will be back to where we can go back to school a little more traditionally than what we can right now.”

The School Board is expected to vote on Plan C on Tuesday at 1 p.m. If Plan C is approved, it’s possible they could revert back to Plan B at some point in the school year and have both in-class and online learning.

The WCPSS Virtual Academy enrollment is uncapped, so it’s unclear how many students will enroll.

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