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Harnett County Schools Reopening Options


Contact: Natalie Ferrell, Public Information Officer
Phone: 910-814-3453


Harnett County Schools 2020-2021 Reopening Options   

July 14, 2020

LILLINGTON, NCThis afternoon, Governor Cooper announced that schools will reopen under "Plan B." This means that schools may open with both in-person and online instruction. COVID-19 has brought many challenges to our schools and communities.  As we work to best serve our stakeholders, the health of our students and staff remains the number one priority. For the 2020-2021 school year, Harnett County Schools will offer the following educational options to our students and their families:

 Option 1: On-Campus Learning 

  • Students in grades K-12 would have the opportunity to return to the building for classes.
  • Traditional schools as normal in a “minimal socially distancing environment with additional safety and health measures in place such as enhanced sanitizing, eating lunch in the classrooms, and reducing activities out of the classroom.
  • Reduced class sizes and/or staggered attendance days.
  • Social distancing in the classroom and on buses – 6 feet apart
  • Students and staff wearing face coverings.
  • Daily Temperature checks.
  • Limited visitors in the building.

Option 2: Remote Learning

  • Students would remain enrolled at their home school.
  • Students would participate in “live” virtual, remote learning from certified Harnett County Schools staff until COVID-19 concerns are alleviated.
  • Students will be eligible to participate in clubs and/or sports at their home school.
  • Students will be held to the same curriculum, attendance, grading, and testing requirements as on-campus students. 
  • Harnett County Schools will provide devices to students, but parents will be responsible for providing internet access.

Starting next week, parents will be given the opportunity, through their schools, to verify which option works best for their child.  Schools will be using a combination of paper surveys, online surveys, and phone calls to ensure that all families are contacted. We ask for your patience during this process.  Harnett County Schools will keep you updated and informed as we work together to make the 2020-2021 school year successful for all students.

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