CMS, local schools begin new plans, extended in-person learning

Updated: Mar. 21, 2021 at 10:43 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Starting Monday, five local school districts are following new school plans.

Three of those have grade levels that are going back a full five days a week for in-person learning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will bring back elementary students and students in k through 8 schools for four days each week starting Monday.

Everyone will be remote on Wednesdays.

Monday is the start of something that many CMS parents have pushed for, getting their child back inside the classroom for as many days as possible. “I’m really excited my kindergartner gets a chance to go four days a week,” said parent Melisa Klink.

On Monday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg elementary students return for Plan A, which has parents. including Jesse Posey, excited.

“I’m just excited because I know my little girl likes going to school,” Posey said.

Parents told WBTV that their children are just as excited to be able to stroll the hallways, see their friends, and get a sense of school normalcy back.

“She’s like. she couldn’t believe it, she’s so excited,” Klink said. “(I) told her she had five kids in the class before all this and now she’ll have like 17-18, so she’s excited to meet the other kids.”

This change back to in-person learning is a start parents hope will continue to be more of a normal routine.

“She is so much better when she is in the classroom,” Posey said.

This move could also have a ripple effect on the older students.

On Tuesday, CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston is expected to recommend moving middle and high school students to Plan A.

Currently, they’re on a two-day-a-week rotation.

The change comes after state legislation requires the option of in-person learning of at least four days a week.

The CDC recently decided your children no longer need to be six feet apart in the classroom.

Instead, they can socially distance at three feet.

“I think it will be easier for them to learn a little easier, being able to talk with friends and interact with the teacher,” Klink said.

Masks are still required, and the CDC also recommends 6 feet of distance when at lunch, school activities and sporting events. Virtual learning remains an option as well for parents.

“I’m hoping that kind of guidance from the CDC makes people feel comfortable. I’m one of those parents that in-person learning is important,” Posey said.

Lincoln County Schools will start back to five days per week of in-person learning for everyone, starting on Monday.

In Rock Hill, all students will head back for a full five days of in-person learning each week, all the way through high school.

Rock Hill Schools has its older students going back five days in person each week, beginning Monday. Elementary school students have already been in the classroom five days a week.

York 1 Schools will have its K through 8 students starting five days in the classroom weekly starting Monday.

Lancaster schools will also see some changes starting Monday. Middle and high school start new schedules with four days of in-person learning. Ahead on April 12, they will move to 5 days of in-person learning.

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