Wake County Public Schools Board Approves New Three-Week Rotation Plan

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In a virtual meeting on Thursday, the Wake County Public School System board unanimously agreed to move forward with a "Plan B" for the 2020-21 school year.

Governor Roy Cooper has asked all school districts and charters to come up with three plans, depending on the severity of COVID-19.

Plan B means that there would need to be increased social distancing with schools at no more than 50 percent and buses at no more than 33 percent capacity. Plan A means there will need to be minimal social distancing. Plan C means remote instruction only.

"We believe at this time that asking to begin the school year at Plan B is important because it requires the most planning and most difficult to implement," Superintendent Cathy Moore said. "We can pivot to a Plan C pretty easily if that is what the Governor declares and if the Governor declares a Plan A, we can still choose to remain at Plan B because we can go more restrictive."

For the WCPSS plan, students would attend schools in three groups and do three-week rotations. They'd have in-person learning for one week and online instruction for two weeks.

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