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The New Hanover County School Board decided Wednesday that pre-K through 5th-grade students will remain in remote learning until January 25th. On that date, they will transition back to Plan B, a hybrid model.

Could universal pre-K work in New Hanover County?

Jan 11, 2021
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There are close to forty-four hundred preschool students in licensed programs in New Hanover County, but that represents just 37% of pre-K aged children. The county has been asked to consider universal pre-K, but there are barriers to expanding.

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  At Tuesday night’s New Hanover County School Board meeting, the announcement came that school staff will be vaccinated in Phase 1B. There were also concerns from some community members about the impending elementary reopening.

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  The New Hanover County School Board has approved reopening pre-k-5 schools for full in-personing learning on January 19th, pushing back an earlier opening date by a week. It’s been a difficult decision for members, especially the newest ones who had to make up their minds quickly. 

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Four new members of the New Hanover County School Board were sworn in at last night’s meeting. After the induction ceremony, the board fell into a contentious discussion about reopening elementary schools. Incoming board members noted that they would have preferred to have had more time to consider the plan before it was put to a vote.