During the COVID-19 pandemic, students enrolled in the Wake County Public School System can register for the following programs:
Students who elect for a Plan A/B/C learning environment will receive some level of in-person instruction on a school campus. To help understand all the differences between WCPSS Virtual Academy and Plan A/B/C, view this comparison chart.
The district is currently operating under the following plans:
Fall Semester 2020-21
All students in PreK through third grade, along with K-12 special education regional programs, returned to the classroom on a rotating basis beginning Oct. 26 before attending class on a daily basis beginning Nov. 16.
Students in grades 4 and 5 returned to school in three-week rotations beginning Nov. 16 through the end of the fall semester.
Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 returned to school in three-week rotations beginning Nov. 9 through the end of the semester.
Students in grades 9-12 attended remotely through the end of the fall semester. Students will return for any state exams that require in-person attendance.
All students in Plan A/B/C will have one Remote Learning day per week where they do not attend class on-campus.
Spring Semester 2020-21
- All WCPSS students will receive virtual instruction Jan. 4-15, 2021, regardless of whether registered for the WCPSS Virtual Academy or not.
- Currently, in-person learning could resume as early as the third week of January. This information will be updated as assessments and decisions are made.
WCPSS Virtual Academy
Students who elect for WCPSS Virtual Academy will receive instruction online. To help understand all the differences between WCPSS Virtual Academy and Plan A/B/C, view this comparison chart. Students would return to campus in person for any state exams that require in-person attendance.
Students who are enrolled in pre-kindergarten and who have health and safety concerns have the opportunity to receive support in a virtual environment. Learn more about Virtual Pre-K.
Spring semester 2021
Students may transfer in or out of the WCPSS Virtual Academy during the remainder of first semester only when there are extenuating circumstances. Limiting transfers for the remainder of the first semester is necessary to protect existing school schedules. Due to class size limits, which apply even during remote instruction, large-scale changes made outside of the registration window forces schools to redraw class rosters and schedules for everyone. Principals will consider these and other factors when making decisions regarding transfers outside of the semester change.