New Hanover County Schools has formed workgroups to develop reopening plans based on guidance from the state. Guiding the process are two documents, the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit, issued by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, and Lighting Our Way Forward: North Carolina’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Every school district across the state has been charged with creating three plans for reopening, adhering to the requirements and considering the recommendations of these documents.
Plan A — School facilities are open and all students are present at the same time. Enhanced health protocols are required and those recommended by DHHS are to be considered. Teaching and learning is traditional with preparation in place for blended learning.
Plan B — School facilities are open but limited to no greater than 50% maximum occupancy. Enhanced protocols that are required and recommended in Plan A continue, with increased requirements including social distancing at all times, including transportation.
Plan C — No students in school facilities. Remote learning for all students.
On or before July, 1 Governor Cooper will announce the plan that will be in effect when schools reopen. NHCS is developing work plans in instruction and learning, operations, health, communications, and finance. The district is also assessing virtual school options and enhanced health and safety measures, drawing on the continued guidance from the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the New Hanover County Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The school district will continue to post reopening updates on NHCS-TV and at www.NHCS.net.