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WUNC reports from Greensboro about Guilford County and surrounding area.

As More N.C. School Districts Announce Reopening Plans, Teachers’ Concerns Intensify

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Wake County School System
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Wake, Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Guilford Counties are among the state’s public school districts that have announced mid-fall reopening plans for elementary and middle school students. Each district intends to implement reopening differently based on their community’s size, distinct challenges and specific concerns. The reopening decisions come as a relief to some parents who have struggled to balance the demands of work and remote instruction. 

However, other families are still reticent about students returning to classrooms due to concerns over schools’ ability to ensure safety. Teachers are also voicing their own safety concerns as more reports of COVID-19 among educators emerge.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Cole del Charco, WUNC’s Fletcher Fellow for education policy reporting and Kristin Beller, an educator and president of the Wake County North Carolina Association of Educators.

Stacia Brown comes to WUNC from Washington, DC, where she was a producer for WAMU’s daily news radio program, 1A. She’s the creator and host of two podcasts, The Rise of Charm City and Hope Chest. Her audio projects have been featured on Scene on Radio, a podcast of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University; BBC 4’s Short Cuts; and American Public Radio’s Terrible, Thanks for Asking.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
Cole del Charco is WUNC’s morning reporter. He’s worked for WUNC since 2019.
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