DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- It's back to the classroom for many, but not all Durham school students.
Durham Public Schools said Wednesday that it put together a plan for reopening schools under the state's "Plan B" requirement. Governor Roy Cooper has asked all school districts and charters to come up with three plans for the 2020-21 school year, depending on the severity of COVID-19.
Plan B means that there would need to be increased social distancing with schools at no more than 50 percent and buses at no more than 33 percent capacity. Plan A means there will need to be minimal social distancing. Plan C means remote instruction only.
The Governor will choose one plan as the baseline for North Carolina and school districts may adopt that plan or one more restrictive.
After considering feedback from the Spark Re-Opening Task Force of administrators, educators, and health professionals, Superintendent Dr. Pascal Mubenga presented this Plan B to the school board, which approved it unanimously:
Some of the key plan details:
The idea behind the plan is to "mitigate the transmission of COVID-19 through reducing student density on our campuses," DPS said.
DPS said one of the reasons for choosing this approach is the need for childcare for the youngest and most vulnerable students.
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"We recognize that our high school students are also vulnerable and we are continuing to work to identify ways to ensure that they remain engaged and receive socio-emotional support," DPS said.
For the Ignite Online Academy:
"We believe this is the best way forward to provide the most support possible to our vulnerable and historically-marginalized students while maximizing safety during the COVID-19 pandemic," DPS said.
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