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Breaking down CMS' 3 proposals for reopening schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is considering three proposals for reopening, ranging from in-person classes with social distancing to full remote learning.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools board of education met Wednesday night to discuss three proposed plans for reopening this fall but a final decision will rest in Governor Roy Cooper's hands, district leaders said. 

Gov. Cooper said Wednesday his top priority is to get kids back into classrooms this fall. How that would work is unclear at this time. Cooper was expected to make an announcement by Wednesday, but it has been pushed back to an undetermined date.

"Let me be clear. We want our schools open for in-person instruction in August. The classroom is the best place for children to learn. Recent reports recommend it, and I know many parents and children agree," Cooper said. 

Regardless of Cooper's decision, next school year will look very different than what students and teachers are used to. 

According to CMS, the three scenarios range from mostly in-person learning to all remote classes for students. Here's how each scenario would work:

Plan A is the closest to normal. Students and teachers would all be back in the classroom with health screenings, temperature checks and social distancing in classrooms and common areas. Students would have to be screened by a doctor before riding on the bus. 

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Plan B is a mixture of in-person and remote learning. All schools would operate on an A-B-C schedule, meaning students would be broken up into three groups with only one group allowed in the building at a time. All Pre-K through eight grade students will do one week of in-person learning and then two weeks of remote learning. Students in ninth through 11th grade would do the same except every Friday would be reserved for remote learning. High school seniors would only be in the classroom once a week. 

Plan C is all remote learning. Under this option, no one would be in CMS buildings and all classes will be virtual, the way they were at the close of this past school year. CMS transportation would not be used under this plan.

CMS leaders said parents who are uncomfortable sending their kids back to school will have the option to enroll them in remote learning classes next year.

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