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.
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.
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.
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.
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.