WBTV Back to school 2020: District-by-district plans

There is controversy over sending students back into the classroom this fall and not all school districts in our area are following the same plan.

  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools not in favor of high school sports during remote learning

  Lincolnton student explains decision not to return to college campus for fall semester

  App State spending millions to prepare for students in the age of coronavirus

  Some Union Co. teachers continue to push for remote learning, board moving forward with Plan B

  No changes made as some Union Co. teachers call for fully virtual learning at school board meeting

  Former CMS teacher starts private tutoring program to assist with remote learning

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  MECK Pre-K to open 2020-2021 school year with in-person instruction

  CMS teachers worry about health, safety during required in-person teacher workdays

State requiring face masks in all South Carolina public schools

  Parents look into ‘pandemic pods’ for co-parenting as remote learning continues

  CMS says new data, staff shortages led to switch to full remote learning

  Many CMS parents aren’t happy with school board’s switch to Plan C, they want in-person learning

Here are approved back to school plans so far in York, Lancaster, Chester counties.

Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and Lancaster County schools had their plans for a return from COVID-19 closures approved as of Thursday.

  CMS changes school reopening plan, opts for ‘Plan C,’ fully remote learning

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has called an emergency meeting to discuss changes to reopening plans for the upcoming school year.

CMS extending registration deadline for Full Remote Academy

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is extending the registration deadline for the Full Remote Academy for the upcoming school year.

  ‘Why are we playing with people’s lives?’ Union Co. teachers want remote start to school year

Some teachers say they are being forced to choose between their livelihoods and their lives

  CMS teachers push for focus to get resources to socioeconomic-challenged schools

  Watauga County Schools to start academic year with 9 weeks of remote learning

  CMS teacher proposes bus drivers, custodians give ‘virtual wellness check-ins’ with students for pay

  Petition calls for fully-remote learning as Union Co. chooses once a week in-person instruction

  Burke County Schools opt to start school year with no students in classrooms

  Private schools see more interest as they plan to reopen as public schools stay mostly remote

  52K+ students enroll in CMS Full Remote Academy

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools reports 35 percent of its students are enrolled for the Full Remote Academy.

  S.C. superintendent approves Clover school reopening plan

South Carolina’s superintendent of education has approved Clover School District’s reopening plan, along with five other districts across the state.

South Carolina institutes face mask requirement for students, staff on school buses

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has instituted a face mask requirement for students and staff on state owned school buses.

Rock Hill’s Winthrop delays in-person instruction in fall, cites COVID-19 threat

Interim President George Hynd announced Monday afternoon that Winthrop’s fall semester will begin online Aug. 24, and in-person instruction won’t begin until Sept. 8.

18 percent of students opt to enroll in Union County Public School virtual academy

UCPS says students in the Virtual Academy will have the flexibility to work at their own pace and schedule over the course of the day.

  Sunday is last day for CMS parents to register for Full Remote Academy

With just two days left to decide, CMS parents are weighing the options between the Plan B plus remote or the Full Remote Academy.

McMaster replaces Governor’s School board after their decision to start the school year online

Governor Henry McMaster appointed nine new board members for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics on Monday, replacing six members and filling three vacant positions.

  Rock Hill Schools releases final reopening plan, parents still have questions

Rock Hill Schools released its reopening plan late Thursday night. The plan takes a deeper dive into what the safety guidelines parents were looking for.

‘An Entirely Different Machine’: Charlotte private schools to reopen as CMS goes remote

The vast majority — including some of the largest schools in the region like Providence Day School and Charlotte Christian School — have plans for a full return.

  New CDC guidelines emphasize schools reopening in the fall

CDC Director Robert Redfield tweeted about the new policy, telling parents that “school closures have disrupted normal ways of life for you and your children and they have had negative health consequences on our youth.”

Cabarrus County Schools to begin school year with ‘Plan C,‘ full remote learning

District officials say they will continue to monitor health conditions and the state and federal guidelines to determine when returning to in-person schooling will be staff for students and staff.

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until Sept. 21.

  Dozens of CMS student-athletes push district officials to allow sports in 2020-2021

Dozens of student-athletes, coaches, and parents gathered outside of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District central office Wednesday morning to push school leaders to allow sports in the upcoming school year.

Judge temporarily blocks McMaster’s plan to provide $32M in private school scholarships

Gov. Henry McMaster announced the Safe Access to Flexible Education (SAFE) Grants on Monday, giving $32 million in emergency funding to the school-choice program.

  Teachers protest outside district office about schools reopening

Teachers surrounded the Fort Mill School District building in protest. They are against Fort Mill’s plans to reopen schools in a few weeks. The organizer says most teachers do not feel comfortable going back to in-person learning, but Fort Mill Schools says, it is doing its best to accommodate all.

  Teachers, parents fear two-week in-person learning could cause more harm than good for reopening plans

“To say that I’m terrified to return to in-person instruction is an understatement,” said CMS teacher Shannon DeJohn.

Berkeley Co. School District requires parents to sign COVID waiver for in-person instruction

The Berkeley County School District is requiring parents to sign a waiver for their children to return to schools for in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Gaston County Schools to reopen with combo of in-person, remote instruction

The plan is in accordance with “Plan B” that has been outlined by the state and provides for in-person instruction for students on a part-time basis.

  CMS parents concerned for students with learning disabilities

The new school year is less than a month away and Charlotte-Mecklenburg School families are getting ready for remote learning.

New principal named at Ardrey Kell High School

The new principal was selected after a process that involved gathering community input to develop the principal profile for Ardrey Kell.

  Calls to private tutors increase as plans for remote learning extended

One of the big questions when it comes to the upcoming school year is how to make sure students are staying on track.

  Free tutoring services from Charlotte nonprofits to play important role during remote learning

Several nonprofits in our area offer free tutoring for low-income students and their services might be needed now more than ever.

  Teachers advocacy group planning week-long action after Governor McMaster’s school plan

Teachers in South Carolina are planning a week of action. This comes after Governor Henry McMaster announced he wants districts to have in person learning 5 days a week this fall.

  Registration opens for CMS Full Remote Academy, families faced with difficult choice

Registration is open from Friday, July 17 to Sunday, July 26 at 11:59 p.m.

Rock Hill Schools leaders vote to move forward with alternating schedule plan for upcoming school year

Members of the Rock Hill Schools Board of Trustees voted unanimously Thursday night to move forward with a plan to bring students back to schools on alternating schedules in the fall.

  ’Sigh of relief’: Rock Hill schools pass original return plan, defy McMaster

Half of the schools’ students would receive in-person instruction on Tuesday and Thursday and the rest receive in-person instruction on Wednesday and Friday.

Former N.C. principal sentenced to up to 3.5 years in prison for sex acts with student

A former high school principal in North Carolina has been sentenced to a maximum of three years and six months in prison for sex crimes involving a student.

  Remote learning expected to be extra challenge for parents of children with special needs

Parents of students with special needs say their kids can’t adapt as easily to remote learning.

  Some S.C. school districts ‘forced’ to evaluate reopening plans after governor’s announcement

WBTV checked all seven of the school districts in our area. Every single one put out a message yesterday saying the Governor’s announcement has “forced them to reevaluate their opening plans.”

  Charlotte teachers react to CMS’ fall semester plan

CMS teachers are getting ready for two weeks of in-person learning, then a shift back to remote learning, for the upcoming fall semester.

  Some parents of CMS students switching to homeschooling

Several Charlotte families are making the switch to homeschooling because remote learning was a bit of a bumpy ride for them.

  CMS to start with two weeks of in-person learning, fully virtual by week three

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board has voted that CMS will have two weeks of in-person learning to start the year, with fully-virtual instruction by the third week of school.

  CMS teachers react to governor’s decision to reopen schools under hybrid plan

Teachers with CMS say they’re worried about the amount of change and resources it’s going to take, for a school district of CMS’s size to make Plan B happen.

David and Nicole Tepper give $250K to aid JCSU students overcoming financial hardship

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his wife Nicole are contributing $250,000 to aid Johnson C. Smith University students as they overcome financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  NC schools to allow both in-person and remote learning for students in August

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina schools will reopen in August under “Plan B,” allowing both in-person and remote learning.

  Mixed reactions on Rock Hill Schools’ board reopening decision

The Rock Hill School Board unanimously voted to do an alternating A B schedule. That means students will go to school for in-classroom, face-to face learning twice a week.

  Fort Mill School District to require masks at school

A face covering is defined in the ordinance as a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth, such as a medical or cloth mask, bandana, scarf or gaiter.

Panthers owner David Tepper, wife give $567K for scholarship program at University of South Carolina

Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and his wife are giving more than $500,000 to establish a scholarship program at the University of South Carolina.

  North Carolina teachers tell leaders: ‘Our schools, our safety, our say'

North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) is ready for teachers voices to be heard as politicians come up with plans to reopen schools. The organization will hold a call Wednesday night called SOS: Our Schools, Our Safety, Our Say!!!

Fort Mill just sent its back-to-school plan to parents. Here’s what we know so far.

The guidelines cite policies and procedures for the start of school in August, and give parents a window to register students for an all-virtual K-12 school run by the district, should parents choose.

  Parents have different views over Ardrey Kell High School principal’s reassignment

Parents are responding to the reassignment of the principal of Ardrey Kell High School David Switzer. Charlotte Mecklenburg School District (CMS) conducted an investigation concerning racial incidents that have happened at the school while Switzer was the principal.

  SC superintendent troubled over mixed messages from Columbia, state mandate could cost district $1 million

A South Carolina superintendent is speaking out about the mixed messages coming from state agencies and the state legislature. He says a state mandate goes against the recommendations from the SCDHEC and the Accelerate Ed task force helping schools develop a reopening plan.

  UNC-Charlotte student launches petition asking for university to create one-credit class so international students can remain in the United States

A UNC-Charlotte student has launched a petition asking for the university to create a one-credit class so international students can remain in the United States.

  Ardrey Kell principal, suspended over accusations tied to racism, reassigned from school

The decision comes less than a month after the school system suspended him with pay while they investigated his actions.

  CMS family considers virtual learning options to minimize risk of exposure for child with disability

“I will do what needs to be done to keep my kids safe...anybody would,” says Charlotte Mecklenburg School mom, Stacy Staggs.

  Union Co. schools to propose adding naming, renaming mascots to policy amid push to change ‘Rebel’ mascot

Before any changes to Parkwood High schools mascot can be made—Union County’s Board of education first has to agree to a new version of their existing district policy.

Poll shows NC residents divided over plans to reopen schools

More than 1,400 residents were apparently surveyed between June 24 and June 25 as Cooper and state leaders work to make a decision on reopening public K-12 schools.

CMS teachers respond to district’s back-to-school plan

Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) teachers are responding to CMS’ back to school plan. It was unveiled Wednesday night. It includes three plans.

  ’We want our schools open for in-person instruction’; N.C. governor delays school reopening announcement

Within the next couple of weeks, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says he will give a directive for reopening schools in the fall after delaying the announcement on Wednesday.

  CMS discusses plans for upcoming school year after N.C. governor delays reopening announcement

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools leadership presented three plans for reopening schools at Wednesday night’s special board meeting.

  Charlotte school leaders talk with students about inequities in the classroom

The top leaders for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools sat down to talk with students about what they can do better in the district, and what students would like to see changed.

  CMS meets with town leaders to talk about plans to reopen schools

Schools in North Carolina are supposed to start back Aug. 17. There’s no word if schools will reopen through remote learning or if students will return physically back to their schools.

SC education officials working to reach students who have been unaccounted for since school closures

The South Carolina Department of Education has released their plans to connect with students they’ve had minimal or no contact with since the pandemic forced schools to close in mid-March.

  New standards in history coming to North Carolina classrooms

Teachers from around the state are coming up with the standards that include eras, content, and concepts that teachers must use when instructing students.

Panthers QB Will Grier providing scholarships for black student-athletes at West Charlotte HS

Carolina Panthers quarterback and Charlotte native Will Grier is providing scholarships for black student-athletes at West Charlotte High School.

SC schools report more than 16,000 students have been unaccounted for since statewide school closures

According to a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education, schools have not been able to make contact with 16,085 students across the state since they were closed because of the pandemic in March.

  Virtual school being created in Rock Hill, S.C.

if you want your child to learn from home, you can do it. This week, the district announced its virtual learning program for students kindergarten through 12th.

Rock Hill Schools to expand virtual learning for 2020-2021 year

Teachers in the Virtual Program will provide face-to-face instruction via live-streaming and digital coursework through computer-based platforms.