Reopening of Schools 2020 - 2021
On July 14, Governor Roy Cooper announced that all students would return to school for the 2020-2021 school year with options for in-person and remote learning. Below is an outline of the steps Union County Public Schools has taken to educate students through a hybrid teaching and learning model.
- Aug. 17 marked the first day of school for all students. UCPS implemented Plan B and Plan D (Virtual Academy).
On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Union County Board of Education voted to add another day of in-person instruction to the Plan B model, beginning Sept. 29. Since that time, principals and staff have worked on plans to implement this decision, adhering to the requirements set forth for Plan B by the state of North Carolina.
On Thursday, Sept. 17, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina public school districts will be permitted to choose Plan A (full in-person learning) for elementary school students in kindergarten through 5th grade beginning Oct. 5. Plan A does not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classrooms. Students in grades 6-12 still must operate only under Plan B, which is partially in-person and partially remote, Plan C, which is all remote, or Plan D, which is virtual.
- At a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Board of Education voted to continue with adding one more day to the Plan B instructional model, beginning Sept. 29. In addition, elementary students will move to Plan A on Oct. 26, with students attending school Monday - Thursday and working in a remote setting on Friday. Students who choose not to attend school in person, may opt for Plan D.
As information is released about COVID-19, and federal and state guidelines are updated, UCPS will continue to make adjustments to its plan and operations. We will continue to be flexible and nimble as we navigate this unprecedented time in our school system. We commit to provide our employees, parents, students and community with accurate information and timely information.
All official information about reopening schools will be posted here.
StrongSchoolsNC: Public Health Toolkit - K-12 – Updated Sept. 17, 2020