Cabarrus School Board votes to return to fully remote learning due to COVID-19

Cabarrus County school board votes to move to Plan C

CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - The Cabarrus County Board of Education has voted to return to fully remote learning due to increasing spread of COVID-19.

During a called emergency meeting, the board voted 5-2 to return to Plan C remote learning, starting Monday, Dec. 14 and lasting until Jan. 15, 2021.

Superintendent Dr. Chris Lowder pointed out that a spike in cases in Cabarrus County made the meeting and the vote necessary.

“When we go from 300 cases a week to 600 cases a week, then you’re doubling the amount of positives, you’re doubling the amount of close contacts, you’re doubling the amount of daycares that get closed, all of that kind of stuff that then translates into ‘I can’t come to work tomorrow,” Lowder said. “When we look at state indicators, local indicators, and ultimately school indicators, we’re actually to the point to say we really need to consider going all remote at least for a period of time to let that calm down.”

The vote was 5-2, with board members Laura Blackwell and Rob Walter voting no.

“We cannot keep these children out of school for all of these continued spikes,” Blackwell said. “This is not being spread at school. The CDC has recommended that all children need to be in school.”

“Distancing and wearing masks works,” Blackwell added. “The schools are safe and they need to be open. Parents will always have the option to homeschool their children. If they do not feel comfortable being at school, that is completely understandable. Many of these high schoolers GPA’s are being ruined by this and that is not something that everyone is talking about. It’s not just about this virus and the effects, potential effects, on some very minimal people’s health. 99% of people recover from this virus.”

Board Chair Holly Grimsley wants to create a task force to deal with the COVID-19 issue as it relates to school.

The Cabarrus Health Alliance previously recommended that the schools go to Plan C, or all remote learning. Superintendent Dr. Chris Lowder agreed with this recommendation.

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