New Hanover County Schools


Engaging Students, Achieving Excellence


#NHCSReadySetReturn: Teaching and Learning

Here’s what will be the same across all learning environments and across all schools:

  • All students will have the same grading structures, as outlined in Board Policy 7410.
  • Students will be counted as present if they complete their daily assignments, either online or offline or the student has checked-in with their appropriate teacher(s).
  • All classes will use similar, district-supported learning materials, texts, and instructional tools.
  • All students will get appropriate support and services through the general education program, special education, Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG), English as a Second Language (ESL), and intervention.
  • All students will get support from their counselors, social workers, and school psychologists, as needed.
  • All schools will focus on establishing effective relationships and community.


All Pre-K-12 students will attend face to face instruction on an alternating three-week schedule.Under Plan B, the New Hanover County Schools Board of Education has approved the following schedule for the 2020-2021 school year: 

  • Students will be assigned to groups (1, 2 or 3). Siblings will be in the same groups. Groups will attend school in an ongoing rotation by attending school in person for one week and receiving online instruction for two weeks.
  • The district recognizes that there are some special education students for whom remote learning provides additional challenges. For those students, services will continue to be provided daily in the school building.
  • Additionally, English learners (Newcomers) in their first 2 years of instruction will attend daily.
  • A full K-12 virtual school option will be provided for families who selected home learning for their student

2020-2021 School-Based Virtual Academies

K-12 NHCS students have the option to attend school 100% remotely under Plans A, B, and C. 

NHCS School-Based Virtual Academies allow a student to maintain membership at the school they are eligible to attend in person and the majority of their learning is self-paced. NHCS Virtual academies provide access to standards-based curriculum and instruction, are student-focused, and give students access to a certified licensed North Carolina teacher. Students must complete a School-Based Virtual Academy application. Applications will be available online and at schools soon. 


Virtual School Application

NHCS staff has been directed by the Board of Education to draft an application for a virtual school. The application will be reviewed by the Board and, upon approval, be submitted for approval by the State Board of Education. Establishing a virtual school for the district allows for a singular focus and greater collaboration, consistency, and continuity for families choosing this option. It also allows the district to hire a principal with experience in virtual learning. The estimated timeline for establishing a virtual school is six months to one year.