In-person instruction will return to Harnett Sept. 28


LILLINGTON – Students will head back to school in Harnett County on Monday, Sept. 28, to begin a rotating schedule of in-person learning.

After weeks of waffling on the start date for in-person instruction, parents continued to vent their frustrations to the Harnett County Schools Board of Education Monday night.

“If you don’t let my kids back into school, the next case is going to be from a lawyer,” said Joshua Marquis, a parent of two autistic children with individualized education plans. Those plans — that require special in-person instruction — haven’t been offered since the school year started virtually on Aug. 17, which has left Marquis’ children behind, he said.

Another parent told the board that only one of her daughter’s five teachers has actually taught her through remote learning. The others just send assignments, she said, expressing hope for in-person learning to start Sept. 28.

The board approved the new campus reopening date an hour later.

Students will begin school on an A/B schedule that day. Families, who chose remote instruction, will continue with five days of remote instruction, according to a release from the district.

Other students will begin in-person instruction under the following schedule beginning Sept. 28:

  • Students assigned to an “A” schedule will attend school on Monday and Tuesday.
  • Students assigned to a “B” schedule will attend school on Thursday and Friday.
  • All Students will be in remote learning on Wednesday for the “deep cleaning” of school buildings.
  • The A/B schedule will conclude on Thursday, Oct. 22.
  • Students may continue with five days of remote instruction if they initially chose this method.

Parents and guardians may change the instructional setting for their children at the following times:

  • Students may switch on Monday, Sept. 28, if the school is notified by Sept. 18.
  • Students may switch on Monday, Oct. 26, if the school is notified by Oct. 16.
  • During holidays and teacher workdays, there will be no in-person or remote instruction.
  • This schedule currently applies for the remainder of the first quarter (nine weeks).
  • Per state law, remote learning is for all students on remote days, identified as “SLR” on the 2020-21 Harnett County Schools calendar.
  • The state’s pre-kindergarten program will operate five days a week.
  • Self-contained exceptional children and some special instructional programs (dual immersion) may operate in a four-day week.
More Calendar Dates

FRIDAY, SEPT. 25: The final day of remote instruction for all students.

MONDAY, SEPT. 28: First day of in-person instruction for students. The schedule will be on an A/B schedule.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14: Teacher Workday, no in-person or remote learning.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21: Remote learning for all students to comply with state school calendar requirements.

FRIDAY, OCT. 23: The final day of the A/B schedule (contingent on the state entering Phase 3).

MONDAY, OCT. 26: Five-day in-person instruction begins (contingent on the state entering Phase III).


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