From Superintendent Mr. D. Mark Byrd:
"One year ago this week, I called you to let you know that schools in our county were closing due to COVID 19. Tonight I am excited to share information about the opportunity for all of our students to return to school for face to face instruction.
Wilkes County Schools students in grades 6-12 will return under Plan A one week from today, on Wednesday, March 24.
The A/B calendar currently used under Plan B will no longer be an option.
Students who are currently Remote Learners will have this option for the remainder of the year.
Teachers will use the Remote Learning Day scheduled for Friday, March 19 to prepare classrooms.
Students in cohort A will attend school on Monday, March 22.
Students in cohort B will attend school on Tuesday, March 23.
These days will allow teachers to review any new expectations with smaller groups before all students return on Wednesday.
Plan A will still involve the wearing of masks, dining in classrooms instead of cafeterias and screening of students upon arrival. On buses, we will still social distance to the greatest extent possible just as we will throughout the buildings.
As always, student and staff safety will be our main priority.
Parents who are not comfortable with their child returning to school can request that their child become remote learners for the fourth grading period. These parents should contact their schools as soon as possible to let administrators know of their plan.
We hope that you are excited about the opportunity for all students to return to school. Thank you."