New Hanover County Schools




2020-2021 School Year and COVID-19

During the 2020-2021 school year, state requirements and recommendations under Plans A, B, and C are being evaluated and considered with the health and safety of students, staff, and our community as our top priority. NHCS is continuing to monitor changes in health trends, state and federal guidance, and input from staff and parents.
Like your family and our community at large, NHCS is adapting to changes brought about by the pandemic. The district is thoughtfully and deliberately creating new health protocols, new student and family supports, and new instructional strategies. Virtual learning and digital resources are being enhanced to provide rigorous and meaningful educational experiences that are aligned with North Carolina grade-level standards. Social distancing, health screening, and other health protocols are being put into place in every NHCS building. We understand your need for accurate and timely information to make informed decisions for your family. We’re working hard to provide that information as quickly as possible. We’ve come far and are committed to delivering educational experiences at the highest standards possible.

Latest Updates

Superintendent Foust's Video Message

NHCS is open under Plan B AA/BB schedule starting on October 12th, 2020.
Beginning on Monday, October 12 students in groups A and B will rotate in-person and remote attendance, with students in Group A attending on Monday and Tuesday and students in Group B attending on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. Group assignments will be communicated at the school level. Families who still want a full remote option will be able to participate in a 100% remote learning option.
Students with an Individualized Education Plan or IEP, and English language learner students, identified by our ESL programs as newcomers with two years or less in the US, will be invited to attend school for face to face instruction on days A and B, attending school, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a day of remote learning for all students. 
Under Plan B, AA/BB schedule, there is no change to instruction for students enrolled in Virtual Academy. Families wanting to transition out of the Virtual Academy can do so at the end of the nine-week grading period for elementary and middle school students and at the end of the semester for high school students. 

Due to high interest in the NHCS Virtual Academy, the Virtual Academy application will remain open
for new applicants and the application period will not close on August 28, 2020. All students applying
to the Virtual Academy after August 14, 2020 will be added to the waitlist. Students on the waitlist
will be accepted into the program if seats are available.
Read the full district statement: NHCS Updates Virtual Academy Application Process

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