HERTFORD Co., N.C. - As everyone gears up for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Hertford County Public Schools announced Wednesday students will learn remotely for the first nine weeks of the 2020-21 academic year.
School officials said the Hertford County Board of Education unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. William T. Wright Jr.'s recommendation to open the academic year under Plan C, which involves students participating in online instruction.
Schools in the county have been using remote learning since buildings were closed in mid-March during the early stages of the pandemic.
The decision comes shortly after the Norfolk School Board voted for full-time virtual learning for the first quarter of the school year.
Officials said there will also be face-to-face opportunities for orientation as well as special conditions for students. These will all be adhere to social distancing and masking guidelines.
The school district will also re-evaluate the next steps for the second quarter and beyond during this initial period.
HCPS is currently revising a plan based on this new guidance, and officials will let families know when this document has been updated.
More information about plans for remote learning will be released in the coming days, and all COVID-19-related documents, re-entry plans and communication will be available on the school district's website.