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NHCS changes opening plan, will begin school year with nine weeks remote

New Hanover County Schools will reopen instead under a remote-only learning environment for the first nine weeks of school. (Port City Daily photo/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The first grading period of the 2020-2021 academic year in New Hanover County Schools will be conducted entirely virtually under Plan C, with remote-only learning for all students.

The New Hanover County Board of Education voted 6-1 to move ahead with a remote-only reopening plan, with David Wortman voting against the option in favor of reopening in-person.

Related: After initially announcing Plan B, NHCS Interim Superintendent now wants remote-only start instead

The decision comes after the system announced it would reopen under a blended remote and in-person learning model just two weeks ago. Board members met for more than four hours Tuesday evening before agreeing to implement Plan C, a decision recommended by Interim Superintendent Dr. Del Burns. Burns told the board the district was not ready to implement Plan B as originally planned.

Staffing the schools is a growing concern. In a staff survey earlier this month, about half of respondents indicated they did not want to return to in-person instruction. At the same time, 74% of parents and students who responded to a separate survey indicated they would be willing to return to school in-person.

NHCS could still reopen under Plan B after the nine-week grading period ends Oct. 2.

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