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As of now, North Carolina will be staying in phase 2 for another 2-3 weeks as cases in the state continue to increase.
The main topic now is schools reopening. Schools will allow K-12 public schools to reopen in the fall with limited in-person capacity.
The plan announced by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper allows school districts to decide whether they want to offer online-only instruction.
A state law appears to prevent remote learning during the first week of school. Rotating students between live instruction and remote learning also wouldn’t be allowed for the first week.
K-12 schools teaching more than 1.5 million North Carolina students had received guidance for three different reopening scenarios, including full in-person classes, a mix of in-person and online, and online only.
Plan B will remain in effect as public health officials caution against a more expansive reopening until coronavirus numbers improve.
As of now, experts say schools are a low risk place. When reopening, students and staff will be required to wear cloth face coverings and remain 6 feet. The face coverings for staff and students will be provided by the schools. Nurses have already been sent their protective gear.
Written by Clarke Jones