Alamance-Burlington School Board votes to extend remote learning to 2021


ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — Elementary students in the Alamance-Burlington School System will have to learn from home until the end of the semester.

The school board voted 6 to 1 Friday morning to continue with Plan C. That means students in pre-K through fifth grade will learn remotely. Rising COVID-19 cases throughout the state and in the Triad influenced the decision.

“We look at risk and is the risk worth the benefit,” said board member Steve Van Pelt.

“We see our surrounding counties also pulling back,” said Allison Gant, also a board member.

Alamance-Burlington board members are worried about having kids and staff in schools with the upcoming holidays and family gatherings.

“There’s going to be a lot of opportunities for the virus to spread among all people of all ages,” Van Pelt said.

A majority of the board voted in favor of remote learning until mid-January.

“I just really think we’re going to keep delaying,” said board member Pam Thompson.

Thompson was passionate in her plea explaining why she felt kids need to get back in school.

“They’re not on their computer. I go out into the community all the time and I saw three kids on skateboards in downtown Graham yesterday during school,” Thompson stated.

She also worries about what changing plans through the end of the year will do to families.

“We are dragging families up, down, just like that bar graph. I would love to see the emotional and mental well-being of all of our kids and their families put on a bar graph,” Thompson said.

It’s tough decisions and discussions like these that are going on in several districts in the Triad. Guilford County school leaders spent most of the day meeting about their next steps. First and second graders won’t be returning to school as originally planned on Oct. 26.

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