NC: Legislation To Bring More Students Back To The Classroom

CHARLOTTE, NC. — Governor Roy Cooper and leaders of the General Assembly announced compromise legislation Wednesday during a bipartisan press conference.

“So I think we’ve moved to this time and place in this Covid crisis where this is going to be strong legislation. We know by the time this starts, teachers would’ve had more than five weeks getting vaccinations,” says Cooper.

Governor Cooper says all elementary schools will be required to operate under Plan A or in-person learning. Local school districts will have the option of Plan A or Plan B for middle and high school students. Cooper says parents have the option to keep their children remote.

Tuesday night, the CMS Board of Education passed a plan for a near return to a normal schedule for ‘elementary’ and K-8 schools. Students are to attend class in-person four days a week starting Monday, March 22nd. That’s up from two days a week. Students in ‘traditional middle’ and ‘high schools’ will go from rotating into the classroom every three weeks to now attending in-person two days each week starting Monday, March 15th.

Steve Oreskovic is a CMS teacher. He says there’s no need to rush a return because not everyone is vaccinated, and those vaccines need time to take effect.

“I hope we can do it safely, and I hope the CDC recommendations are followed, but I don’t see how that’s possible,” says Oreskovic.

WCCB Charlotte’s Alexandra Elich asked the district if it plans to comply with what the state is calling for.

A spokesperson says: “CMS will review the bill and evaluate its impact on the plan for in-person instruction recommended by the Superintendent and adopted March 9 by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education. At this time, our focus remains on implementing that plan.”