2020-2021 School Year Information (Plan B)
Wilkes County Schools will begin operating under Plan B effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020. Plan B for Wilkes County Schools will consist of an A/B schedule with 50% of students coming to school every other day. Students will be learning remotely on the days they do not attend in person. Schools will operate Monday through Friday of each week with additional cleaning of buildings taking place each day after school and during transitions. Social distancing guidelines will be followed daily and cloth face coverings will be required to assist in keeping students and staff safe.
To view specific requirements our schools will be implementing, please click on the links below:
Plan B Calendar
Below is the approved calendar for students who will attend the 2020-2021 school year under Plan B. Schools assigned students to Group A and B and worked closely with families to ensure siblings were placed on the same calendar. All information regarding student group assignments were determined and communicated by individual schools.
Remote Learning Under Plan B
Remote Learning is available as an option for families not comfortable with sending their children to school under Plan B. Students who choose to attend Wilkes County Schools through remote learning will have the same expectation as those students who are attending on the face-to-face A day/B day schedule under Plan B. Attendance will be taken every day, assignments will be given and graded, and tests will be administered. The "Pass" or "Withdrawal" options offered to students in the spring will no longer be offered through the remote learning plan. Students who choose to enroll in remote learning must be committed to this option for the entire first nine weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.
What will remote learning look like this school year?
- Students will be expected to meet the attendance requirements each day as established by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Verification of attendance during remote instruction may include: direct contact with the teacher (phone, email, video conferencing), participation in the class through a live meeting, turning in assignments, or other demonstrations of attendance.
- Students will receive direct instruction from a live teacher presentation via the computer or a recorded version of instruction.
- Students will receive the same or similar work as the students attending school under Plan B. Assignment expectations as well as set due dates will be given for all student work.
- Students will return to campus to take all state-mandated tests in a testing environment that follows all safety and health porotocols outlined by the state of North Carolina.
- Grades will be given on assignments and tests during remote learning. There will not be grades of P19 (pass) or W19 (withdrawal) for any course this year.
- Students may return to on-campus instruction after the completion of the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. If a student returns to an on-campus learning environment, they may be assigned to a different teacher.
- Students and/or parents/guardians must communicate with the school to obtain assigned devices, if needed, and set plans for the pick-up and delivery of assignments.
- Parents must monitor their student's progress to certify they are on track with all assignments and are meeting the participation requirements for each course.
All Wilkes County Schools students (K-13) will be receiving a device to assist with remote learning. We have multiple Wi-Fi access points we have added outside of school buildings for drive-up access, as well as bus hot spots. Community partners have provided Wi-Fi access points across our county at community sites (fire departments, community centers, and Wilkes Community College).
Child Nutrition has worked hard to ensure all students receive meals as we start school under Plan C. Children between the ages of 1-18 may receive a breakfast or lunch meal at no charge. Meal service is available at 21 schools and community stops. Visit the Child Nutrition website for complete information.
Child Care Resources
We understand that under Plan C, childcare will be a challenge for many of our families. If you would like additional information please refer to:
COVID-19 Related Resources
COVID-19 Resources for Families - This page provides links to trusted online resources to help parents, guardians, and other caregivers find support for helping our children (and ourselves) as we navigate the stresses created by the COVID-19 outbreak.