The Rowan County Board of Education has voted on a return to school plan for students in the district.
The board voted Wednesday night to begin offering an in-person learning option in the county on October 21st. There are several adjustments being made as students return to school buildings.
During the meeting, a cooperative effort between the Rowan County Fiscal Court, the Gateway District Health Department, Saint Claire Healthcare and the Rowan School District was discussed. It would involve doing contact tracing at a county level as a means to implement a quicker response in the event of an outbreak among students. Superintendent John Maxey says with that system in place, it could provide the opportunity to temporarily close down individual schools rather than the entire district.
Another change students and parents will notice as they prepare to move forward in the school year is the removal of a hybrid option for learning. Maxey says the amount of staff needed for that third option just isn’t available. Instead, the options include returning to in-person classes on the 21st or resuming online learning. He adds the district will be exploring social interaction opportunities for students who remain online.
An email from the district about registering students for either in-person or continued virtual learning is expected in coming days.