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In a regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting Monday evening, the Nash Board of Education heard from district leaders as they shared data on reopening schools. The board approved Superintendent, Dr. Steve Ellis recommendation to continue the slow phase into Plan B, adding Grades 4 and 5 on November 2, 2020.
 
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On Thursday, September 3, 2020 the Nash County Board of Education voted to begin phasing some students into Plan B: Blended Learning. All families have the choice of remaining in remote learning through the NCPS Virtual Academy.
timelineBeginning Monday, September 21 students in self-contained exceptional children classes and all prekindergarten students will move to a blend of face to face and remote leaning instruction. These EC and PreK students will attend school face to face every other week from 8:15 to 12:00 and engage in remote learning in the afternoons and on their off weeks. All remaining students will continue on Plan C: Remote Learning.
Remaining students in grades K-13 will slowly transition to Plan B throughout the semester. The NCPS board and district leaders will continually evaluate the COVID-19 metrics and adjust the timeline as needed. #NCPSStrong
 
 
Plans A B C
Remote Learning vs. NCPS Virtual Academy
The ultimate objective is to have all students back in schools in a model that is the best fit for the student.
  • Plan A: Students will return to school in person full time.
  • Plan B: Blended Model (in-person and remote learning)
  • Plan C: Fully Remote
Plan A, B, and C will allow transition back to in-person learning safely as recommended by NCDHHS, local and state officials.

NCPS Virtual Academy is all online. Students will remain in the academy through the first semester. This option allows for families to remain in an online program for a minimum of a full semester.
 
What is NCPS Virtual Academy? 
NCPS Virtual Academy is an academic program that is an extension of each school in the district. It is a completely online program for students that do not plan to return to campus during the first semester.
  • Teaches the same NC state standards as in school
  • A combination of synchronous and asynchronous interactive teaching and learning
  • Opportunities for 1:1 and small group sessions
  • Accommodations available for different learners - EC, EL, AIG, etc.
  • Meets all graduation requirements.
 
Additionally, students who choose fully online instruction should expect the following to be true across all grade levels:
  • To the degree possible, students will be assigned teachers from their current school. However, in some cases, NCPS may assign students to different schools within a region to form classes.
  • Students will experience a daily school schedule that includes the same components of the school day as their grade-level peers participating in face-to-face or blended instruction to the degree feasible.
  • Students will receive counseling and social-emotional support from their current school staff.
  • Students will experience an intentional effort on the part of their school’s staff to make meaningful connections and to create a true classroom community.
  • Teachers will work in collaboration with other school staff members to align instructional practices and expectations.
  • It will not be feasible to offer all specials/elective programs in a fully online environment. Students who choose the NCPS Virtual Academy program option may need to adjust specials/ elective schedule choices.
  • Students and families will have support from a Student Help Desk for technology assistance.
  • Students and families will have access to library media services.

July 29, 2020 NCPS Board of Education Approved the following reopening details:

All Nash County Public Schools students will start in a Remote Learning environment (Plan C)

Plan C

Student Online Instruction Begins :

  • August 6: Early College and CITI High
  • August 17: All Students (While NCPS is in Plan C, NCPS Virtual Academy students will receive instruction and support through their base schools’ teachers and staff, with a robust live and personalized learning experience as planned for NCPS Virtual Academy. Families that signed up for the Virtually Academy will not need to do anything new; they will automatically be supported by their current or assigned school during online instruction).

 

A staggered schedule will be implemented in the first 20 days of school to allow for staff and student orientations/open houses.  Each principal will post their orientation/open house schedule to their school website.  Each school will provide the orientation/open house in both a face to face and virtual format.  These details will also be included on the school website.

 
  • NCPS will provide each school with a google form for parents to complete to determine which students will need transportation and internet access.  Teachers/school staff will be responsible for contacting parents who do not respond to the online survey to gather the needed information.
 
Factors to consider when moving to a Blended Learning environment (Plan B) with both face to face and online instruction:
  • Metrics (in collaboration with the Nash County Health Department)
  • Staffing
  • Student Safety (PPE)
  • Transportation
 
The Nash County Virtual Academy application has been extended to August 10th. All students in Nash County Schools will begin the 2020-21 school year with online learning (Plan C). As the district continues to assess the COVID-19 metrics and collaborate with our local health department, later in the semester we plan to transition students to a blended model (Plan B-part face to face and online). All students who applied for the NCPS Virtual Academy by August 10th will be contacted to determine if they would like to continue full online instruction through the Virtual Academy or move to the blended (part face to face and online) learning experience. If the student chooses to continue as a Virtual Academy student, he/she will be required to remain in the Virtual Academy until the fall semester ends. If a parent/guardian would like to remove his/her child from the Virtual Academy list prior to moving to blended (part face to face and online) learning, he/she should contact his/her school to indicate that he/she would like to remove his/her child from the NCPS Virtual Academy list. Each school list will be shared with the district and the student will be removed from the Virtual Academy master list.
We know there are MANY questions around reopening schools and are working around the clock to put together a comprehensive plan for our Nash County Public School families!  Please check this website often for updates.  Today we opened the NCPS Virtual Academy application and added a few details about the option.  See these details in the navigation menu to the right.
 
It is important to us that families have options during this uncertain time!