Durham Public Schools students return to classrooms: What's different this year?

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Back to school: Many NC students return to class amid pandemic
Many central North Carolina students are returning to class today; however, there are many anxieties for in-person learning as COVID-19 cases are trending up.One day after Wake County and Cumberland County students returned to classrooms, Durham students did the same.

DURHAM, N.C. -- One day after Wake County and Cumberland County students returned to classrooms, Durham students will do the same.

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Face coverings will be required inside the buildings and school buses. The exception will be when people are eating.

In-person instruction will occur five days a week with daily transportation to and from school.

There will be free breakfast for every student and extracurricular activities and athletics will be offered as students return.

At least two schools in Durham had some air conditioning issues on the first day back for in person learning.

ABC11's Anthony Wilson reached out to the system's central office and learned they have contractors working on repairs.

"We don't want any spread of viruses to happen on campus. So at any point, when we're going to need our parents, our families, when everything's set we'll let them back in," said DPS Superintendent Pascal Mubenga.

Parents can visit Durham schools during an open house. Those dates will be announced later.

READ MORE ABOUT DURHAM PUBLIC SCHOOLS' REOPENING PLAN HERE

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