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Board Approves 2nd Semester Learning Plan

Posted on 12/14/2020

At its December 14, 2020, monthly meeting, the Bladen County Board of Education approved a learning plan for the second semester. Download a PDF copy of the plan here

Based on a review of COVID-19 cases in the county, with a spike being realized after the  Thanksgiving Break and an outlook of soaring cases due to the extended break at Christmas, the following recommendation is being made as it relates to the return of students and staff for the beginning of the second semester. Dr. Terri Duncan, Bladen County Health Director,  recommended that we consider an extended break from in-person learning as a result of COVID 19 data and projections. Therefore, the following modifications are being recommended for  approval: 

Phase 1: 

The second semester for all students begins on Monday, January 4. All grade levels (PreK-12) will return to school in Plan C (Remote Learning). Teachers and staff will report to the building for work, practicing social distancing, and following all CDC guidelines. Foodservice will be provided following our previous meal delivery service. Plan C would continue for a period of three weeks, ending on Friday, January 22. 

Phase 2 (if conditions are favorable based on COVID-19 data, current executive orders by the  Governor, and health officials’ feedback): 

On Monday, January 25, all students in grades PreK-12 will transition to Plan B, which allows for students to attend two days per week on an AABB schedule, with Wednesdays being used as remote learning day and cleaning day for schools. Parents will still have the option for their children to remain in remote learning. 

Phase 3 (if conditions are favorable based on COVID-19 data, current executive orders by the  Governor, and health officials’ feedback): 

On Monday, February 15, students in grades K-4 will transition to Plan A, which allows for students to attend four days per week, with Wednesdays being used as a remote learning day and cleaning day for schools. Grades 5-12 will continue with Plan B (which is currently the maximum approved level by the Governor’s Office). Parents will still have the option for their children to remain in remote learning. 

**Additional progress and changes, such as increasing days for other grade levels, will be  contingent on current executive orders and health conditions.**