JCPS Considering Three Reopening Scenarios For 2020-2021 School Year

Johnston County Public Schools announced today they are considering three possible reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Based upon recently released documents provided to all school districts from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Johnston County Public Schools has developed several working groups to address requirements and recommendations within these documents as plans are developed for the upcoming school year.

Each school district in North Carolina will be planning for reopening based upon three scenarios:

  • Plan A: All students return to school with minimal social distancing including enhanced health and sanitation protocols.
  • Plan B: Limited students (50 percent of students physically present at one time) returning to school with moderate social distancing and further enhanced health and sanitation protocols.
  • Plan C: No students return to school and remote learning continues.

Johnston County Public Schools working groups are addressing athletics, remote learning, technology needs, summer learning, facility use, extracurricular, and school reopening. Each of these groups are working collaboratively to ensure learning continues based upon data provided by Governor Cooper.

It is anticipated that Governor Cooper will announce how schools will reopen on July 1. These plans are flexible and may change based upon conditions during the school year.

The new school year will begin for traditional and restart schools on Aug. 17. Early College and Career & Technical Leadership Academy begins their academic year on Aug. 3.

As the summer progresses, officials said additional information will be shared to ensure school communities are informed regarding Johnston County Public Schools.