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GCS to Start Year with Remote Learning through at Least Oct. 20

Students in Guilford County Schools (GCS) will begin the 2020-21 academic year with at least nine weeks of remote learning. The school board made the decision to begin with remote learning during a virtual meeting held earlier today.

GCS joined 41 other North Carolina school districts in starting with remote learning. Next steps for the board include determining the public health metrics it wants to use when deciding whether the district can reopen schools safely for in-person instruction.

As part of the district’s reopening plan, the earliest GCS students would return to schools for in-person instruction would be Oct. 20, pending a review of local public health data and trends. The board will discuss and choose the re-entry scenario that will follow remote learning at an upcoming meeting.

The board also approved calendar modifications  that reflect the decision to start students with remote instruction. The changes also bring the district’s school calendars into compliance with a new state law approved in May.

The new regulations require all North Carolina public schools to start on August 17, except for nontraditional schools. Districts also were required to add five student days, which essentially removed five teacher workdays, among other changes.

GCS middle and early colleges and academies, which start next week, also will begin with remote instruction.

The board presentation may be accessed here along with a related FAQ document (click here). More reopening information about the district’s reopening plan may be found at

GCS also extended the registration deadline for its two virtual academies through September 15, giving families time to review relevant information. Virtual academies will also begin the school year on August 17.