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#NHCSReadySetReturn - Teaching & Learning

 
Noble classroom pandemic
We are committed to challenging and engaging students in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many uncertainties, including how the learning environment can change over the course of the school year.
 
It’s our core belief that all students deserve to be challenged and engaged. This school year, regardless of which learning environment your child attends, they will be taught rigorous content every day that aligns with North Carolina’s grade-level standards.
 
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.
Learning Environments
Families have sent a clear message: they want options for their children. Many are excited to return to their school campuses; many are not yet ready.
 
For those who want to return to a school campus, state officials have requested that school districts develop three plans (A, B, and C) for different learning environments to operate in the 2020-2021 school year. The plan in which we operate will be based on state and local officials, NCDPI guidance, and NCDHHS guidance regarding the safe reopening of schools.  To accommodate a variety of needs, all students will have the option of attending school based virtual academies if they are not ready or able to return to a school campus. 
 
To meet the requirements outlined by the State Board of Education and Department of Public Instruction, NHCS has developed three plans for the 2020-21 school year. 
 
Plan A - Minimal Social Distancing
Under Plan A, school facilities are open and all students are present at the same time in school buildings.  Enhanced health protocols are required, with other protocols recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services to be considered. Teaching and learning is traditional with preparation in place for blended learning. This environment is the most familiar to students and parents. Students receive daily, in-person instruction and support from school employees.  
 
Plan B - Moderate Social Distancing
Under Plan B in New Hanover County Schools:
 
  • All Pre-K-12 students will attend face-to-face instruction on an AA/BB schedule with Wednesdays being remote learning for all.
  • The district recognizes there some students with global delays who, by the nature of their disabling condition, have not demonstrated the capacity to gain meaning from remote learning models. For these students, expanded in-person services may be offered.
  • English Learners with two complete school years in a U.S. school or less will attend daily. 
  • A full K-12 school-based virtual academy through their home school will be provided for families who selected home learning for their student.
 
Both face-to-face and virtual learning environments will have high expectations and will result in work that contributes to the student’s overall grade. Teachers will strategically place learning opportunities in each environment to create an overall experience that aligns to rigorous state standards for the grade level or course. Experiences during online instruction will be a combination of recorded and live instructional sessions. 
 
Plan C - Remote Learning Only
Under Plan C, no students are present in school facilities. All learning opportunities will happen remotely and will include recorded and live instructional sessions. 
 
NHCS School-Based Virtual Academies
Pre-K through grade 12 families will have the option to choose the NHCS school-based virtual academies or fully online instruction in the 2020-2021 school year.