WS/FCS Board Of Education Will Review Reopening Proposals

WS/FCS Board Of Education Will Review Reopening Proposals

5:05pm Jul 16, 2020
Dr. Angela Hairston addresses the public at a school board meeting. She's joined by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education Chair Malishai "Shai" Woodbury (right). File photo. KERI BROWN/WFDD

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will meet on Friday afternoon to discuss reopening plans.

Superintendent Angela Hairston will present a revised proposal that includes both face-to-face and virtual learning for students.

It’s part of Plan B recommended by Governor Roy Cooper. Schools will have the choice to also go with the all-remote Plan C. Hairston’s approach would mean grades K-8 would return to in-person classes daily. High school students would learn virtually. This would free up space so some elementary and middle school students could have classes in high school buildings.

The plan also includes setting aside a day or two a month for high school students to participate in activities and meet with teachers on campus. Social distancing and other safety measures will be implemented.

Hairston says there’s also a plan for families who may not feel ready to send their child back right now.

“They will have the virtual option, we don’t have a cap on that option,” says Hairston. “So parents who do not feel comfortable, we will support them as much as possible, but parents, they do have a virtual option."

So far, more than 4,000 students have signed up for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Virtual Academy. Plans for the school year are very fluid and all of this could change depending on what the board decides or if more orders come down from the governor’s office.

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