CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- The Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board met Thursday evening and unanimously agreed to spend at least the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 school year under full-time remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Before the vote, Superintendent Jim Causby recommended full-time remote learning (Plan C) after meeting with fellow school superintendents of surrounding counties such as Wake, Durham and Orange, which plan to make similar decisions. Causby recognized the strong concerns expressed by parents and staffers.
"This is not a decision I wanted to make," Causby said.
School board member Deon Temne said the nine weeks would allow for teaching plans moving forward.
During the meeting, board members also unanimously approved the district remote-learning plan to send to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction presented by assistant superintendent Jessica O'Donovan:
The board decision follows shortly after the Orange County School Board unanimously agreed to spend at least the first four weeks of the school year with only virtual classes.
On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina schools would be allowed to open under Plan B, with both in-person and online education.
He also said school districts have the option to choose Plan C, remote-only learning, if it's best for them.