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.