CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper's administration backtracked late Tuesday night, saying Gov. Cooper will not announce how statewide K-12 public schools will open this coming school year on Wednesday, as originally expected.
The new development comes after the governor's office said in a release back on June 8 that a decision about the 2020-21 school year would come on Wednesday, July 1.
In the June 8 release, the state's Department of Health and Human Services shared guidance to re-open public schools. It told school districts to plan for reopening under three different scenarios:
- Plan A: Minimal Social Distancing
- Plan B: Moderate Social Distancing
- Plan C: Remote Learning Only
Minimal social distancing could look a lot like normal instruction in class.
Moderate social distancing could look like what some other cities, including Cincinnati, decided on — a mix of classroom instruction and remote learning.
The Governor's Office did not explain why a decision would not be made on Wednesday, as originally planned.
CMS School Board is scheduled to hold a special meeting on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss the 2020-21 school year.
It's unlikely that a vote on a plan would be made without the governor's decision first.