ABSS nearly votes to suspend in-person learning; approves amended two-day in-person plan

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12, at its monthly Work Session, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education voted to approve an updated plan for return to school presented by the superintendent. Students will not return to school for in-person learning on February 1st. Students and staff will remain on their current schedules for now. The following updated plan was approved. Beginning on March 1, elementary schools will implement a cohort model for grades K-5 students that have selected to return to in-person learning. Students will attend school in person two days (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday). Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. 

On the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12, at its monthly Work Session, the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education voted to approve an updated plan for return to school presented by the superintendent. 

Students will not return to school for in-person learning on February 1st. Students and staff will remain on their current schedules for now. The following updated plan was approved.

Beginning on March 1, elementary schools will implement a cohort model for grades K-5 students that have selected to return to in-person learning. Students will attend school in person two days (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday). Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students. 

Beginning on March 8, middle and high schools will implement a cohort model for grades 6-12 students that have selected to return to in-person learning. Students will attend school in person two days (Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday). Wednesday will be remote learning for all students.

Families that want to continue with remote learning may do so.

The district will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in our community. The Board of Education will review today's approved plan at their work session on February 9.

The School Board nearly voted to suspend all in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year, but by a contested 4-3 vote, a motion to remain online for the remainder of the spring semester failed. ABSS Chair Allison Gant indicated that she would change her vote to all in-person learning for the remainder of the academic year in February if the metrics for COVID-19 positive tests and hospitalizations do not show some measure of improvement over the next several weeks.