NSJ: Majority of NC Parents Lack Option for Sending Child Back to School

RALEIGH – That’s because Governor Roy Cooper has made it impossible for public schools to open back up to students on anything at all resembling a traditional in-person schedule.  Some parents and children have access to, and the means for, private schooling options, homeschooling ‘pods,’  or supplemental instruction for ‘virtual learning,’ but most don’t.

That means when government officials wave their hands and close local public schools for any in-person learning, a majority of parents and students are simply out of luck. Kindergarten milestones, senior year memories, vital mentoring; all of it taken away from most kids.

From North State Journal:

“When K-12 public school students in North Carolina resume classes this fall, the vast majority of them will be sitting at home in front of a computer screen.

Despite a desire by most Americans to reopen schools at least partially for in-person learning, nearly two in three North Carolina parents were not given the choice to send their kids back for the start of the fall.

Data released by the state shows at least 65% of public school students will start this academic year fully remote because their districts went with the Plan C option that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper offered in his reopening guidance. Beyond that, an unknown number of parents have opted for remote instruction in districts that allowed for a mix of in-person and online learning.

“We know how important in-person school is,” Cooper said in a Thursday interview with the AP. “Kids just cannot learn as well with remote learning and they don’t get the socialization, the health care and nutrition that they need by being in school. That’s why I want them in school if we can get them there. However, we need to put the health and safety of the children first. ”

Cooper noted many districts that have taken the remote option are doing so temporarily and will evaluate in-person options if coronavirus spread decreases.

A Washington Post-Schar poll of U.S. parents with kids entering kindergarten through 12th grade this fall released on Thursday showed that three in five parents want schools to at least partially reopen […]”

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