Stanly County Schools is working on plans for how to reopen its schools after having been closed since mid-March to try to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
Schools are being asked to develop three reopening plans, ranging from using minimal to moderate social distancing to offering only online learning.
Gov. Roy Cooper will decide by Wednesday which plan level should be used. School districts can use a more restrictive plan, but not a less restrictive one.
Plan A: Minimal S0cial Distancing
If statewide COVID-19 metrics, such as new cases, hospitalizations and the rate of positive tests, stabilize and improve in the near future, schools would reopen under Plan A with only minimal social distancing.
For the school system’s plan, students would attend school full-time for face-to-face instruction with the option of full-time remote learning for families who aren’t yet ready to go back to school.
School reentry points would be set up throughout the school year for students to re-enter face-to-face instruction if they choose.
Plan B: Moderate Social Distancing
If the COVID-19 benchmarks don’t improve, more stringent requirements with moderate social distancing would be used in Plan B.
Under this plan, instruction would be divided between face-to-face instruction and part-time remote learning with the option of full-time remote learning. Scheduling for more specifics is still to be determined.
Students would be divided into groups and alternate between physically going to school and engaging in remote learning. Certain days would be designated for district-wide cleaning.
Similar to Plan A, students that opt for full-time remote learning could still decide at a later point to re-enter school for some face-to-face instruction. School reentry points would be set up throughout the year to allow those students to come back.
Plan C: Remote learning
If the statewide metrics worsen, students would operate on Plan C in which only remote learning would take place.
Staff and students would return to the remote learning protocols that were implemented during the past several months with modifications and improvements based on needs and best-practices.