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Brunswick Schools to announce reopening decision Tuesday, remote-only sign-up deadline next week

Brunswick County Schools is still working to decide which reopening option to roll out next month. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy BCS)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY — The much-anticipated decision regarding how exactly Brunswick County Schools will reopen next month is expected Tuesday.

Board members will meet Tuesday, July 21 beginning at 2 p.m. The meeting will be live-streamed.

Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday all public schools would reopen under the state’s “Plan B” option, mixing in-person and remote schedules to alleviate room in school facilities to limit the spread of Covid-19. Remote-only options are available to all students and any district that may choose to forego the in-person option.

Brunswick County Schools is accepting applications for the remote-only learning option through Thursday, July 23 at 8 a.m. Signing up requires a commitment to a full semester of remote-only instruction. Read BCS’s remote instruction plan submitted to the Department of Public Instruction for more information on how the at-home lesson plans will be conducted.

According to BCS’s survey results, about 47% of respondents preferred the A/B day option in which one group of students attends Mondays and Tuesdays and the other on Thursdays and Fridays, with Wednesdays being left open for cleaning. About 21% preferred an A/B week, with two groups of students alternating between one week in-person and one week of remote learning.

New Hanover County Schools announced Wednesday it would use an alternating three-week schedule with three block groups of students. Each block would attend one week of in-person classes and two weeks of remote-only.

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