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'Return to Learn' Update #13
'Return to Learn' Update #13
Posted on 03/17/2021
On March 17, the Board Education approved a 'Return to Learn' Plan A scenario.Translations are available in Spanish, Russian, and Romanian.

BCS Communications Department

'Return to Learn' Update #13
(3/17/2021)

We have some important updates to share with you following the March 17 special-called Board of Education Meeting.

First, the board voted to move our intermediate schools to Plan A beginning March 22. Students who chose in-person instruction will attend five days a week. Our intermediate schools are as follows: North Windy Ridge Intermediate, Charles T. Koontz Intermediate, Enka Intermediate, and Joe P. Eblen Intermediate. (Students in grades K-5 are already in Plan A.)

Beginning March 29, middle and high schools will join elementary and intermediate schools in operating under Plan A guidelines. Students in grades K-13 will attend in person, five days a week.

*For both of these transition points, if you would prefer, your child may remain remote-only. Please reach out to your school to let them know your preference.

Regarding bus transportation, beginning on March 22, all buses will be allowed to transport students under Plan A guidelines (2 students per seat, when needed).

We appreciate the ongoing collaboration with our health department and school nurses in ensuring we have many layers of protection in place at our schools to keep our students and staff healthy. While we look forward to having more students in our buildings, we must remind everyone that community spread of COVID-19 will impact our schools. As we look ahead to Spring Break, we hope everyone will remain vigilant, responsible, and safe so we don’t undo the weeks of hard work it’s taken to get our students back in school full-time.

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View the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit (PDF, 1.5MB, Updated March 4, 2021).


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