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Press Release-March 19 BOE Approves Transition to Plan A for Middle & High Schools

March 19, 2021

Press Release


Board of Education Votes to Transition Middle and High to Plan A


New Bern, NC- On March 18, 2021, at the monthly Board of Education Meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously that middle and high school students return to school four days a week under Plan A starting on Thursday, April 15, 2021. The four days a week for in-person learning will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. Wednesdays will remain a remote learning day (asynchronous) for students.

This transition was made possible by the passage of Session Law 2021-4 by the North Carolina General Assembly, which was signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper on March 11, 2021. Under the new legislation, all K-5 schools in North Carolina must open under Plan A. Local boards of education may decide for grades 6-12 to operate in either Plan A or Plan B for the remainder of the school year.  

Craven County Schools will return to Plan A for middle and high schools on April 15th, 2021. This date was selected to enable secondary schools to monitor the status of the health and safety data upon return from spring break and provide educators an opportunity to plan for the transition. Students currently participating in full remote learning through Craven LIVE can continue their learning through this option. If families want students to shift from their current learning option to full remote learning or from remote learning to in-person learning, families must contact the school counselor by April 1, 2021, to make them aware of your request to change.  (If you are not making a change, you do not need to take any action.)

Attendance is an important factor in student achievement and every school day counts. With the move to Plan A, middle and high schools will continue to record attendance daily.  Students enrolled for in-person learning must be physically present in class to be marked “present” unless the child is under quarantine as directed by the school nurse or a medical professional with documentation. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding transportation and meal pick-up for our families.

Under Plan A, schools will be implementing the same safety and health precautions that have been in place since the return to in-person learning in October. Staff and students will continue with wellness screenings, face coverings, hand washing and disinfection. Plan A includes minimal social distancing. Daily deep cleaning will remain a priority and district staff will work closely with schools to ensure healthy learning environments.

The school system looks forward to welcoming our middle and high school students back to school four days a week starting on April 15th, 2021.