Middle and high school students will not return until after additional data is received

Greensboro, N.C. In-person instruction for middle and high school students is delayed for at least three weeks, the Guilford County Board of Education voted Tuesday. The board also requested to hear a report regarding the availability of testing and completed and scheduled vaccinations in Guilford County before making a decision regarding reentry.

In the meantime, the district is working to open additional learning hubs to support high school students who are at-risk of not graduating. These hubs would be located at all 15 traditional high schools and would have flexible hours based on students’ needs.

Previously, both middle and high school students were scheduled to return later this month, with students receiving in-person instruction two days a week and remote instruction three days a week. Those students will now continue remote instruction, as they have since August, with the exception of certain students with disabilities who returned in November. 

During the meeting, the board heard a presentation from ABC Science Collaborative, a program that pairs scientists and physicians with school and community leaders to help understand the most current and relevant information about COVID-19. View the presentation here. Chief Academic Officer Whitney Oakley and Chief of Staff Nora Carr also presented an update on the reopening process thus far.

As of Jan. 5, 2021, all elementary students who chose to return to in-person learning, 73.5 percent, had returned for in-person instruction. The remaining students are either enrolled in the Guilford eLearning Virtual Academy or receiving remote instruction through their schools. 

For more information about GCS’ reopening plans, visit www.gcsnc.com/reopening.

About Guilford County Schools

Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina and one of the 50 largest of more than 14,000 in the United States, serves 70,000 PK-12 students at 126 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, GCS works in partnership with parents, businesses, colleges and the community to deliver an education that connects student interests and skills with the careers and economy of our future here and around the world. We provide educational choices to meet individual student needs in a culturally diverse citizenship and new opportunities to help our students Soar to Greatness. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com.

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