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Elementary school students returning to class

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NASHVILLE — Some elementary school students will begin in-class learning as early as Monday.

The Nash Board of Education voted recently to move more students to Plan B during the fall semester.

In September, the board approved a slow transition to face-to-face instruction approving two phases to transition some students to Plan B: blended learning. The first phase began on Sept. 21 as pre-kindergarten and exceptional children in adaptive classrooms returned to a blend of face-to-face instruction and remote learning. Kindergarten through third grade students will continue this phase in, moving to Plan B on Monday, said Christine Catalano, executive director of Communication, Planning and Engagement for Nash County Public Schools.

Grades 4 and 5 will be phased into Plan B on Nov. 2.

At each phase, students slated to return to school will have the option to continue in a remote learning environment. The Nash County Public School’s Virtual Academy allows families to opt into remaining in remote learning as the district moves students to classroom instruction. Elementary schools contacted parents over the last several weeks to determine which students will return to campus and which students will remain in remote learning.

Of the 6,653 elementary students in the district, 2,394 students, which is 36%, have opted to remain in remote learning.

The 4,259 elementary students who will transition to a blend of online and classroom instruction will be assigned to one of two tracks, attending school Monday through Thursday every other week. The school day will be shortened to accommodate symptom screening procedures, social distancing and teacher planning to support a blend of virtual and in-person instruction. The school day will begin at 8:15 a.m., and students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm.

Detailed information regarding plans for instruction will be posted on the school district’s website, Catalano said.