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School reopening: Beaufort County Schools

Starting Aug. 17, Beaufort County Schools students will begin the semester with four weeks of remote learning. This week, parents and students are scheduled to learn more about the specifics of plans at their individual schools at a series of open house events at each location. These will also be times for families to pick up technology and additional resources their students will use throughout the semester.

Under the current plan, students are scheduled to return to the classroom under an alternating schedule beginning Sept. 15. Under that plan, students at each school will be divided into two groups, A and B. At the same time Group A attends school in person on Mondays and Tuesdays, Group B will be tuning into classrooms via the internet. Chromebooks and wireless hotspots will be available for students who don’t have computers and/or internet access.

The reverse will be true on Thursdays and Fridays, and all students will learn from home on Wednesdays, giving school employees time to deep clean buildings. All families, however, have the option to continue remote learning for the entire fall semester, should they choose.

During a community forum last Thursday at Southside High School, BCS Superintendent Matthew Cheeseman encouraged parents to attend the open house events and to contact their child’s school if they have additional questions about instruction, remote learning or any other challenge their child might be facing.

“The key piece, for you as family members, is to have incredible dialogue and open communication with your teachers, principals and assistant principals to alleviate any type of concerns,” Cheeseman said.

Throughout the past month, BCS has hosted a series of forums at Southside, Washington High School, Northside High School. Those forums can be viewed at www.beaufort.k12.nc.us and at the “Beaufort County Schools, NC” Facebook page.