Learning Environments

Learning Environments

  • Families have sent a clear message: they want options for their children. Many are excited to return to their school campuses; many are not yet ready.

    For those who want to return to a school campus, state officials have requested that school districts develop three plans (A, B, and C) for different learning environments to operate in the 2020-2021 school year. The plan in which we operate will be based on state and local officials, NCDPI guidance, and NCDHHS guidance regarding the safe reopening of schools.  

    To accommodate a variety of needs, all students will have the option of attending our Virtual Academy if they are not ready or able to return to a school campus.

    Daily In-Person Instruction (Plan A)

    Under this plan, PreK-12 students will attend class in the school building, in person with their teachers and classmates every school day. This environment is the most familiar to students and parents. Students receive daily, in-person instruction and support from school employees.  

    Blended Instruction (Plan B)   

    K-12 students will experience a combination of in-person learning in the school building with their teachers and classmates and online instruction through an online platform. 

    Both learning environments will have high expectations and will result in work that contributes to the student’s overall grade. Teachers will strategically place learning opportunities in each environment to create an overall experience that aligns to rigorous state standards for the grade level or course. Experiences during online instruction will be a combination of recorded and live instructional sessions. 

    We are exploring options for PreK students to attend school on a daily basis as soon as is feasible.

    How we’ll schedule students in Plan B: In Plan B, students will be assigned to groups (1, 2, or 3). Siblings will be in the same groups. Groups will attend school in an ongoing rotation by attending school in person for one week and receiving online instruction for two weeks.

    Fully-Online Instruction (Plan C)

    Under this plan, all students will experience fully-online instruction as a result of school closure based on decisions from state and local officials. 

    All learning opportunities will happen remotely and will include recorded and live instructional sessions. Instruction will be accessed through the use of a technology device.

    All instruction will be relevant, rigorous, and meaningful. 

    It’s our core belief that all students deserve to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and meaningful learning each day. This school year, regardless of which learning environment your child attends, they will be taught rigorous content every day that aligns with North Carolina’s grade-level standards.

    Here’s what will be the same across all learning environments and across all schools: 

    • All students will have the same grading structures, as outlined in Board Policy 3400.
    • All schools will take attendance.
    • All classes will use similar, district-supported learning materials, texts and instructional tools.   
    • All students will get appropriate support and services through the general education program, special education, Individualized Educational Plans (IEPs), 504 plans, Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG), English as a Second Language (ESL), and intervention.
    • All students will get support from their counselors, social workers, and school psychologists as needed.
    • All schools will focus on establishing effective relationships and community.


WCPSS Virtual Academy

Learn more about WCPSS's fully-online option for student: www.wcpss.net/Virtual-Academy