On July 9, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School Board of Education held a virtual meeting to discuss plans for reopening schools this fall.
In a press conference Thursday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he would be giving a statewide update on public school reopening some time in the coming week.
In light of this uncertainty, three possible plans were created by the board and a reopening subcommittee, which includes administrators, teachers, students, staff, health professionals and community stakeholders.
Plan A consists of a traditional learning environment with all students in school with preparations for blended learning. Plan C describes a completely remote learning environment for all.
At the meeting, interim Superintendent Jim Causby said the outline of Plan B is the "foundation" of the district's reopening plan, and although it's not completely finalized and will remain flexible, it will prepare parents and students to envision what school may look like this fall.
Though the meeting focused on Plan B, the board and subcommittee is prepared to shift into Plan A or Plan C, depending on local and state guidelines.
Causby said the plan will limit the number of students in the school setting to no greater than 50 percent capacity, while considering students' transportation needs and allowing for remote learning options.
After the first three weeks of learning, Plan B’s hybrid will alternate days of in-school instruction and days of remote learning between cohorts. Representatives of the subcommittee that designed the plan said they found this model more promising than alternating weeks or grade levels.
Here's an overview of CHCCS' schedule if Plan B is adopted: