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CMS pivots, votes to bring K-5 students in the classroom twice a week, every week

The district's original plan split students into three groups, rotating one week in class, two weeks virtual.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kindergarten through fifth grades will now be in the classroom more frequently in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district. Thursday night, the school board unanimously passed a motion to change the current learning schedule for the district's transition from all-virtual learning to hybrid learning.

The previous plan split K-5 into three groups--A, B, and C--with each group spending one week at a time in the classroom and two weeks doing remote learning. That schedule was set to begin Nov. 2.

The new plan will keep Group A and B, but eliminates Group C. Group A will be in the classroom Mondays and Tuesdays. Group B will be in the classroom Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will be a remote-learning day.

The entry date for K-5 will stay the same: Nov. 2.

District leaders expect to notify parents with children in Group C what their child's new learning group is within 2 to 2 1/2 weeks.

See the new learning schedule below.

Credit: WCNC

Elementary school students who have elected to attend the all-virtual academy, or students in grades 6th through 12th, are not affected by Thursday's changes.

This week marked the first time some students were able to return to in-person learning since last spring.  Students in the Exceptional Children programs returned to some in-person instruction on Tuesday. Pre-K students will return to full time  in-person instruction beginning October 12. 

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Earlier this month, CMS leaders approved the phased-in approach for Plan B. The school board passed the plan in a 6-3 vote. In addition to the plans outlined for Pre-K and elementary students, it allows for hybrid learning options for middle school students beginning November 23 and high school students beginning December 14.  

RELATED: CMS Board of Education approves phased-in plan approach for returning to in-person instruction

WCNC Charlotte submitted requests for information from some of the area's largest school districts about what personal protective equipment they have procured for the approaching return to in-person instruction.

RELATED: Here's what CMS did and did not buy for the approaching return to in-person instruction

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools operations officials provided purchase orders, showing they went on a PPE shopping spree over the summer, purchasing and procuring tens of thousands of masks, face shields, and other protective equipment.

This is a developing story and WCNC Charlotte will continue to update school leaders plans ahead of Thursday's emergency meeting.  

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