Duplin County Schools switches remote learning days from Wednesdays to Fridays


KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Duplin County’s Board of Education is making changes to the school calendar.

Board members unanimously voted to switch remote learning days from Wednesdays to Fridays.

Currently, students operate under Plan B – a mix of remote learning and in-person classes, except for Wednesdays.

With this new change in the school calendar, STEAM Academy cohorts 1 & 2 will alternate weeks instead of days. Cohort 1 attends Monday through Thursday and Cohort 2 attends the following week, Monday through Thursday.

Fridays will be dedicated to mandatory teacher work days and deep cleaning.

The change comes after teachers requested more time to plan and prepare for remote learning.

Dr. Austin Obasohan, the district’s superintendent says Fridays allow for a better transition between cohorts and into the following week.

“There’s a lot we’re asking them to do in one whole week so they need that time to transition, to plan, so they can address the difficulties our students are facing,” said Obasohan.

The new schedule starts on October 16, and ends December 18.

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KENANSVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) Duplin County Schools will delay the implementation of Plan B and the 2020-21 school year will begin on August 17 with students participating in remote learning for five weeks.

According to the Superintendent of Duplin County Schools, Dr. Austin, Obasohan, in the fourth week, the Board will meet to reevaluate the situation and determine the next steps. 

Teachers and support staff will be able to work safely within their assigned classrooms and workspaces to provide comprehensive support for students and families.

Duplin County Schools will adhere to the academic expectations in the Remote Instruction and Accountability Plans. 

As outlined in these plans, each student will receive a technology device at the beginning of the school year to enhance learning.

Teachers and support staff will assist students and families that have limited access to wifi connectivity to determine the best strategies to meet each student’s academic, social, and emotional needs. 

Stay with WNCT for more updates.

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