Although originally deciding to go with Plan B hybrid model of in school two days a week and three days of virtual learning, Caswell County Board of Education held a special meeting last Wednesday to revisit the decision.

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Carter explained that it was her recommendation to switch to Plan C for the first nine weeks of school and evaluate the situation at the September 27 board meeting about possibly transitioning back to school after October 14.

The COVID-19 situation has created havoc with many things in life including the classroom re-entry plan. After Governor Roy Cooper gave school districts the leeway to select Plan B or Plan C (all remote learning), a number of districts decided to go with Plan C.

In a special message to parents, Dr. Carter shares, “Please know that the Board of Education labored heavily in making this decision.  There is no one plan that works best for everyone.  However, it was evident from parent and staff survey data that the overwhelmingly number one concern was safety while at school.  This data, along with the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Caswell County and data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services (NCHHS) further supported the decision to move to Plan C.”

All students in grades kindergarten through twelfth grade will have access to a Chromebook although some parents said they didn’t need one.  

The hit and miss accessibility of Internet service throughout the county is a continuing concern. Some students with no Internet at all will be able to pick up flash drives for the Chromebooks with their weekly learning/assignments.

Others are going to hot spots where they can pick up Internet. Some have to sit in parking lots at libraries or restaurants that have free WiFi.

After analyzing results of a survey sent to parents, nurses, teachers, principals, etc., it was obvious that most felt it was unsafe to be back in class right now. This was one of the factors in Dr. Carter’s recommendation to the board to go with Plan C for now.

The Caswell County school district received a grant that will allow them to buy additional hot spots that will be located at critical areas. School nutrition will be provided.

There will be an increased focus on attendance and engaging in the lineup of classes occurring throughout the school day.

An example of the day for elementary school is:

meeting in the morning

Literacy

break

Social Studies/Science

break

enhancement

lunch

Math

teacher planning

“It’s not easy, but safety is a priority,” Dr. Carter concluded before the vote was called for. Board members voted in favor of Plan C for the first nine weeks of school.