HIGH SCHOOLS: Catawba County stays with Plan B as school year approaches

Published Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

Gov. Cooper extends Phase 2 until Sept. 11,

10 days after scheduled first practices




NEWTON – Catawba County Schools will remain in Plan B as they head toward opening on Aug. 17.

The school system’s board of education held an emergency meeting on Wednesday regarding COVID-19 and what’s ahead.

In Plan B, students will attend school twice a week and have three days of remote learning. All students’ instruction on Fridays will be remote.

If parents choose to do so, their children can opt for Plan C – remote learning five days a week.

Also on Wednesday, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Phase 2 of the state’s recovery plan will remain in place for another five weeks (through at least Sept. 11).

The impact of the decision of local high school sports has not been definitively detailed yet.

Team workouts (with guidelines) were allowed to begin on Monday, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) had previously indicated no fall sports practices would be allowed prior to Sept. 1.

NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said Wednesday the organization will provide more current information soon.

While the NCHSAA sets general guidelines, local education districts ultimately determine what plan a school system will work within (A, B or C).

Traditionally, the first fall sports practices start on Aug. 1. This year, the first football playing date was originally set for Aug. 17.

GOVERNER COOPER’S ANNOUNCEMENT: https://governor.nc.gov/news/students-return-school-north-carolina-remain-paused-phase-2

STATE-BY-STATE PLANS FOR FOOTBALL (Asheville Citizen- Times): https://www.citizen-times.com/story/sports/high-school/hshuddle/2020/07/24/fall-without-football-state-state-look-plans-high-school-play-amid-coronavirus/5500663002/

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