Following Monday’s approval by the Henderson County Board of Public Education, grades 4 and 5 will transition to Plan A on Thursday, February 18, meaning that all elementary schools will be operating under Plan A.
This transition is once again part of the district’s continuing efforts to reintroduce more students to the traditional face-to-face learning environment, as long as it is allowable under Executive Order and advisable by local public health officials.
The transition of 4th and 5th graders to fully in-person learning on Feb. 18 also follows Gov. Cooper’s announcement earlier this month that K–5 students “should” return to in-person instruction 5 days per week “to the fullest extent possible while following all public health protocols” under Plan A.
As we bring all elementary schools under fully in-person operations, we know that Plan A implementation will eliminate social distancing within classroom environments and on school buses for all elementary students. Additionally, 6 feet of social distancing is no longer required in elementary schools, according to the updated guidelines from the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services. These new guidelines still do not permit middle and high school students to attend fully in-person under Plan A.
The Engage Remote Learning Option (RLO) is still available for any family that does not wish to participate in face-to-face, on-campus learning.