North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Says Elementary School Students Can Return To In-Person Learning

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper provides COVID-19 updates (September 17, 2020)

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Posted by WCCB, Charlotte's CW on Thursday, September 17, 2020

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper announces K-5th graders in North Carolina public schools and charter schools can return to the classroom in Plan A on October 5th, according to a news release.

Governor Cooper says Plan A will require everyone to wear face masks, to social distance, be screened for COVID symptoms, but does not require schools to limit the number of children in the classroom.

“We are able to open this option because most North Carolinians have doubled down on our safety and prevention measures and stabilized our numbers,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “North Carolinians are doing the hard work to improve our numbers and trends. Many people are wearing masks, keeping social distance and being careful to protect others as well as themselves. We have shown that listening to the science works. And I’m proud of our resolve.”

Governor Cooper says districts should still give students the option to remain in remote learning.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, says positive COVID cases have gone down in the state allowing this decision to be made.

“Our trends show that we are on the right track. It’s up to all of us to protect our progress. Our individual actions like those 3 Ws will help keep our school doors open.,” said Secretary Cohen.

Dr. Cohen says as schools have begun to open, the current science suggests children are less likely to become infected, have symptoms, and to spread COVID.

“It’s great news today that we are a step closer to providing the option of in-person learning to families who want their children to return to school,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson. “While the Governor, the State Board of Education, and I have our differences, I join with them today to encourage local school board members to take advantage of this change and open all schools safely. I thank the many parents and teachers across North Carolina who have been vocal advocates on this important issue.”