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Back-2-School Blog: COVID-19 information, resources, guide for parents and students

This back-to-school blog is to help parents and students navigate this difficult time while operating under a new normal.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The 2020-2021 academic school year poses challenges for students and parents returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This blog is to help parents and students navigate this difficult time while operating under a new normal. Here, you will find resources, COVID-19 information, virtual school options, the latest school updates, and coverage from the WFMY News 2 team.

SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS

Some school districts are still finalizing reopening plans and are not listed

Alamance-Burlington SchoolsAfter initially choosing to open school under an A-B day schedule, on Thursday, July 23, the ABSS board voted to begin the year with remote learning. 

RELATED: Alamance-Burlington Schools pivots from initial back-to-school plan

Guilford County Schools: Will begin the new school year with nine weeks of remote learning.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools: Continue with remote learning under Plan C-- remote learning-- with the possibility of later entering Plan B-- in-class learning with social distancing and other precautions. Remote learning will continue for at least nine weeks for the first part of the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Davidson County Schools: Option two plan includes in-school and remote learning. Under the plan, students will undergo a one-week orientation beginning on August 17. The school district will begin plan B on September 14 with an A-B day schedule.

Rockingham County Schools: Will begin the new year with remote learning for the first five weeks through at least Sept. 18.

Randolph County SchoolsWill begin the new with Plan B on an A-B day schedule with remote learning during the week. 

Asheboro City Schools: Revised its reopening plan by delaying the move into Plan B. Starting August 17, all students will work remotely with the exception of elementary, sixth, and ninth-grade students. For these students, the first week of August 17 will be an orientation week. After that, all students will work remotely until September 21, 2020.

Stokes County Schools: Will begin the new year with remote learning for the first nine weeks before transitioning to an A-B day schedule.

RELATED: Stokes County Schools switches to all remote learning plan

Surry County Schools: Will continue with remote learning for the first six weeks of the new academic school year. The school district will then decide on September 21, if the district will then transition into Plan B with students returning to schools.

Wilkes County SchoolsWill operate under Plan B for the 2020-2021 school year. Plan B for Wilkes County Schools will be an A-B schedule.

Mount Airy City Schools: Will operate under Plan B for the new academic year with face-to-face instruction.

Caswell County Schools: Caswell County Schools originally approved Plan B reopening but has since changed their plan. The Caswell County Board of Education has now voted to begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 17 under Plan C. Plan C provides total remote learning for all students. Plan C will be implemented during the first nine weeks of school, through Oct. 14. The Board of Education will revisit Plan C at the Sept. 27 board meeting and discuss student progress as well as the possibility of transitioning back-to-school after Oct. 14. 

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SCHOOL DISTRICT COVID-19 UPDATES

School districts are providing COVID-19 updates, plans and resources on their sites. 

Guilford County Schools

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Alamance-Burlington School System

Asheboro City Schools

Davidson County Schools  

Lexington City Schools

Thomasville City Schools

Randolph County Schools

Rockingham County Schools  

Wilkes County Schools

Mount Airy City Schools  

Yadkin County Schools  

Surry County Schools

Stokes County Schools

Caswell County Schools

Alleghany County Schools

Davie County Schools

Montgomery County Schools

VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMS

Guilford County Schools  

Enroll: Guilford County Schools' Virtual Learning Programs

Enrollment Deadline: Aug. 1

Virtual School Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy will be housed at Hunter Elementary School and will serve grades K-5. Guilford eLearning University Prep will serve grades 6 through 8 and will be housed at Jackson Middle School. Students in grades 9 through 12 can enroll in the eLearning University Prep Academy program while remaining assigned to their home school. Each school will have a principal, counselors, staff and teachers skilled in online learning.

The two virtual schools will launch in conjunction with the beginning of the 2020-2021 school, which begins Aug. 17, according to new state law. Students may register now at the virtual schools. There are no prerequisite requirements for enrollment. The enrollment deadline is Aug. 1.

RELATED: Guilford County Schools to launch two tuition-free virtual schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools 

Enroll: WS/FCS Virtual Academy

Virtual Academy Questions: List of frequently asked questions 

About

WS/FCS Virtual Academy is a program in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School district. The program is designed to provide students with a personalized education option that offers virtual experiences that are flexible, rigorous, and innovative. The academy will have its own attendance policy and transportation will be provided to the student’s residential school for any required state assessments. Students will be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities at their residential school.   

Davidson County Schools 

Online Academy Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Davidson County Schools' Online Academy has already closed for enrollment. Students will get a notification about their status by July 30.

Lexington City Schools 

Enroll: Lexington Virtual Academy 

Currently accepting applications but after July 13, students will be put on a waitlist. 

About

A virtual alternative to the traditional school for rising first through twelfth-grade students.

Enroll: Lexington Virtual Academy for Kindergarten students 

About

Lexington City Schools is enrolling for its Lexington Virtual Academy for kindergarten students. 

Thomasville City Schools 

Enroll: TRAIL program application

Enrollment Deadline: July 31

About

Thomasville City Schools is offering a fully virtual learning option for the upcoming year. The TRAIL program is available for K through 12 and will be remote regardless of the rest of the district.

Asheboro City Schools 

Enroll: ACCESS ED

Enrollment Deadline: Aug. 1

ACCESS ED Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

The ACCESS Ed Remote Learning Program for Asheboro City Schools will be available for students in grades K through 12, offering a fully remote learning experience for families who prefer remote learning during COVID-19. There are no plans for the participation of PreK students or for this program to continue beyond the 2020-2021 school year.  

Rockingham County Schools 

Enroll: Virtual learning program

Virtual learning questions: List of frequently asked questions

Wilkes County Schools 

Enroll: Virtual learning program

Enrollment Deadline: July 31

About

Remote Learning is available as an option for any family who does not wish for their child to attend under Plan B. Students who choose to attend Wilkes County Schools through remote learning will have the same expectation as those students who are under Plan B learning on a face-to-face A/B day schedule.  

Yadkin County Schools 

Enroll: Yadkin Virtual Academy

Virtual learning questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

Yadkin Virtual Academy is a 100% online school created to provide students with additional opportunities in an online environment.  

Mount Airy City Schools

Enroll: C.L.A.S.S. Virtual learning program

About

Mount Airy City Schools (MACS) offers educational opportunities that are tailor-made for today’s learners. Led by highly-qualified staff and offering a full range of student support, this partnership allows students from all backgrounds and areas of interest, to customize their learning experience through Customized Learning Anywhere/Anytime for Student Success (CLASS).  

Stokes County Schools 

Enroll: Stokes County Schools Online Learning

About

Current families who would like their child to attend 100% remote learning can choose that option when completing the enrollment form.

Davie County Schools 

Enrollment closed

Virtual Learning Questions: List of frequently asked questions

About

DCS Virtual is an opportunity for Davie County students to get rigorous, personalized instruction remotely. All K through 12th-grade students who are enrolled in Davie County Schools are eligible to apply for DCS Virtual. Homeschool and private school students are also encouraged to apply. 

Montgomery County Schools 

Enroll: RemotEd

Virtual Learning Questions: List of frequently asked questions 

About 

Students who choose remote learning will have access to all services and opportunities afforded to traditional students.  

SCHOOL DISTRICT HOTLINES 

Guilford County Schools: 336-370-8100 

GCS' Let's Talk allows you to click on the department you need and send an email. 

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools: 336-661-3128

WS/FCS: New Hotline Hours: Parents and students with questions related to the return to school can call (336) 661-3128 from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mon-Thurs, during the summer.

Alamance-Burlington School System: 336-570-6060 

ABSS staff directory

Asheboro City Schools: 336-542-1007 

Davidson County Schools: 336-249-8182  

Send an email

Lexington City Schools: 336-242-1527 

Thomasville City Schools: 336-474-4200 

Send an email

Randolph County Schools: 336-633-5000 

Rockingham County Schools: 336-627-2600  

Wilkes County Schools: 336-667-1121

Mount Airy City Schools: 336-786-8355 

Yadkin County Schools: 336-679-2051   

Surry County Schools: 336-386-8211 

Send a tip line email

Stokes County Schools: 336-593-8146 

Send an email 

Caswell County Schools: 336-694-4116 

Send an email

Alleghany County Schools: 336-372-4345 

Davie County Schools: 336-751-5921 

Montgomery County Schools: (910) 576-6511 

SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDARS 

Guilford County Schools

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Alamance-Burlington School System

Asheboro City Schools

Davidson County Schools  

Lexington City Schools

Thomasville City Schools

Randolph County Schools

Rockingham County Schools  

Wilkes County Schools

Mount Airy City Schools  

Yadkin County Schools  

Surry County Schools

Stokes County Schools

Caswell County Schools

Alleghany County Schools

Davie County Schools

Montgomery County Schools


RESOURCES FOR PARENTS 

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RELATED: Virtual vs. remote school: Triad districts say there are differences

RELATED: Some Triad parents seek new ways to educate their kids for the new school year

RELATED: NCHSAA delays start of fall sports until at least September 1

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