On the afternoon of Thursday, September 17, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina public schools can re-open under whatever guidelines they feel appropriate - including the possibility of reopening under relatively normal circumstances.
Alamance-Burlington School System Superintendent Dr. Bruce Benson announced shortly after the Governor’s declaration that ABSS would stay in Plan C through the first nine-week semester - October 30 - and would then move into a Plan B phased-in system, where students would return to school for two days a week.
The Superintendent’s statement is below:
Good evening, this is Bruce Benson, Superintendent with Alamance-Burlington Schools with an important message.
This afternoon, Governor Cooper made a surprise announcement that public school districts across North Carolina can consider reopening schools under Plan A for all K-5 students effective October 5.
Opening our schools now under Plan A would reduce the health and safety requirements currently in place that are designed to keep our children, our staff and our community as safe as possible from the effects of COVID-19. Furthermore, guidance from our local health department has not changed.
While returning to Plan A is now an option, in Alamance-Burlington Schools, we plan to stay the course that we’ve set out for our schools as we believe it is the safest plan of action.
We believe that our current plan for Alamance-Burlington Schools to continue remote learning for all students under Plan C through the end of the first nine weeks remains most appropriate, given the current status of COVID-19 in our community.
At this time, we are preparing a recommendation for the Board of Education on how we intend to transition to a revised Plan B model after the end of the first nine weeks and will be sharing that with our school community shortly.
Nothing will please us more than to be able to welcome all of our students and families back to school, but, for now, we believe it is important to continue operating with proven safety protocols that are making a difference in our community and others.
Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.
Pre-K Screenings Available for Eligible Four Year Old Children
The Alamance County Pre-K program continues to accept applications for 4 year old children to be screened for eligibility. An application may be obtained on the Alamance Burlington Schools website.
A completed application must be returned, along with all required documents, to the Alamance-Burlington Schools Ray Street Complex at 609 Ray Street in Graham. If you have questions about the program, please call 336-438-4212.