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NHCS Hold Town Halls On New AA/BB Reopening Model

Julie Varam of Support Services, one of several administrators, answered questions throughout the evening.

Last night, New Hanover County Schools held the first of three town hall meetings focused on reopening plans.


The purpose of the meeting was to allow school administrators to answer parents’ questions. 

Julie Varnam of Support Services addressed one question about the safety of reopening under Plan B, with two days of in-person classes and three days at home, compared to the original plan of rotating through one week in-school and two at home:

“We have not had any concern about the schedules we have put in place. I think it’s all going to depend on the amount of time children spend somewhere else besides being in school. But the school schedule itself is not considered to be one preferable over the other regarding safety.”

As for how long the school system will remain in this plan, here’s Superintendent Charles Foust:

“We have not created a timeline for Plan B. What we’d have to do is speak more with our health officials. Are we moving in a direction where we can have more people in the building, if that’s so, then we’ll come back and we will talk with our board to share that data.”  

And Foust says if coronavirus cases are increasing, he’ll also talk with the health department to determine if schools need to return to remote-only learning. 

School officials also say on the schools' website, they’ll update a public spreadsheet about positive cases in the district.  

-Wednesday's town hall is for LatinX families; Thursday is for middle and high school students.

-If you’d like to ask a question before or during the town hall, call 910-251-2996, send an email to nhcsplanbquestions@nhcs.net, or post a comment to the NHCS Facebook page


-The AA/BB Plan goes into effect on Monday, October 12th.


Reference Guide for Suspected, Presumptive, or Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 

For more information and resources on the schools’ reopening plans, click here.