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NASHVILLE — While Nash County Public Schools determines how it will resume classes, parents concerned about COVID-19 already have one option to consider.

Nash’s Virtual Academy provides online coursework opportunities for students living inside the Nash County public school district, which includes all of Nash County and all of Rocky Mount, a city that sits half inside Edgecombe County.

The school board has scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday evening to discuss reopening plans.

In the meantime, the deadline to apply for the Virtual Academy has been extended to Aug. 10.

“We recognize not everyone is comfortable with sending their students back to a regular classroom setting in light of COVID-19, so we are offering any current student in the Nash County public school system the option to be a part of the Virtual Academy,” said Christine Catalano, the district’s chief spokeswoman. 

By applying for the Virtual Academy, parents are agreeing to their student working in the academy for at least a semester. 

The original deadline to apply was July 31, but has been moved to Aug. 10.

School officials ask that all applications be complete by that date so that administrators will have time to schedule classes and teachers prior to the beginning of school on Aug. 17.

Anyone with more than one student in district schools will need to fill out an application form for each student intending to attend the Virtual Academy.

Applications are available on the school system’s website at https://www.ncpschools.net.

Recent family engagement survey results showed families have mixed emotions about students returning to school campuses next month, so state education officials have requested that local school districts develop different learning environment operation plans for the 2020-21 school year. 

Nash will establish a plan based on input from state and local officials, guidance from the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and recommendations on safe school reopening as provided by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.