The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education voted March 9 to increase in-person instruction time for students whose families have elected that option, beginning as early as March 15.
Under the plan approved by the Board, beginning March 15 middle and high school students enrolled in in-person learning will be divided into two groups. One group will attend school in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays; the other will attend on Thursdays and Fridays. Both groups will participate in remote learning on Wednesdays.
Under the adopted plan, pre-kindergarten students will continue to receive in-person instruction five days per week, as will students with disabilities whose IEP plans require in-person learning. Students at K-5 and K-8 schools will attend school in a single group four days per week beginning March 22. These students will attend school in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with remote learning on Wednesdays.
"We are very pleased to have students back in the classroom every week," said Elyse Dashew, Board chair. "As we increase in-person instruction options for our students, we will continue to adhere to all guidelines from the NC DHHS, including masks, to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff."
Students who chose the Full Remote Academy will remain there for the rest of the year. A move into the Full Remote Academy will require proof of specified hardships. Due to significant challenges presented by further modification to in-person class rosters, transfers out of the Full Remote Academy to in-person instruction will not be permitted without proof of hardship.
"We know many students learn best when they are in the room with the teacher," said Superintendent Earnest Winston. "We believe this plan will enable us to follow appropriate health and safety requirements while offering students in-person instruction as much as four days per week."
The school district will notify families of the new attendance rotations March 10. Individual schools also will communicate with families about group assignments as well as bus route changes, March 10-March 14.