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Schools around the Sandhills and Cape Fear region have had to make unique decisions about how they will reopen schools this fall. We break down the current status of each county's plans.

Now that Cumberland County Schools has made its decision to start the 2020-2021 school year remotely, what about all the other school systems in our region?

We reached out to all of the school systems in the area, and there is a wide variety of approaches to starting the year. Keep in mind that many schools are already adjusting plans they approved previously, based on new information. So the information below is the most recently available, but is subject to change.

Here’s a roundup, alphabetically by county:

Bladen County Schools – Plan B

Bladen County Schools hasn’t officially signed off on a final plan just yet, as they have a meeting scheduled for Thursday to do that. But they did announce they will likely begin the year in a hybrid Plan B approach as well.

Under the proposed Plan B that was presented Monday night, students in Grades K-4 would work on alternating schedules, likely attending in-person classes just two days a week. Students in grades 5-12 would be completely remote.

Columbus County Schools – Plan B

Elementary students in grades K-3 will start the year in person in Columbus County Schools. Those students will be on staggered schedules.

For students in grades 4-12, they will start their year on remote instruction only.

Harnett County Schools – Possibly a Plan B

Currently, Harnett County Schools is giving options for either on-campus learning, or remote learning. But the information released so far has been vague.

A virtual parent session is scheduled for Wednesday, July 22 at 5 p.m.

Hoke County Schools – Plan B

The Hoke County Board of Education has opted for a hybrid option that will split days for students. Group A students will attend Monday and Wednesday, while Group B students will attend Tuesday and Thursday. All classes will be remote on Friday.

Students are being offered an entirely remote option as well. Parents must choose this option before 6 p.m. on Monday, July 27. Click here to enroll in that program or read more information.

Lee County Schools – Plan B

Monday night, the Lee County Board of Education voted unanimously to start the year on a Plan B hybrid model. School will start on August 17 for Lee County.

In the plan, students from kindergarten to 7th grade will all attend five days a week, like normal. But the students will be housed at different schools for social distancing. Here’s the link to the chart showing where students will be.

For students in grades 8-12, they will physically attend schools only one day each week based on grade and last name. The other four days, they will do remote learning.

Parents also have the option to enroll in the INSPIRED Virtual Academy for complete virtual learning.

Moore County Schools – Meeting Tuesday

Moore County Schools approved a Plan B approach in their Tuesday board meeting, with two days in-person and three days remote each week.

You can watch the meeting by clicking here.

Moore county is also offering a new Connect! Virtual Academy that students may be enrolled in. Deadline is July 28.

Richmond County Schools – Plan B

For Richmond County Schools, elementary students in grades K-5 will be learning in person, but divided up for social distancing. Students grade 6-12 will do all remote learning.

There is a temporary virtual option for elementary parents who do not wish to have their students there in person.

Richmond County Schools also created this helpful FAQ sheet for parents.

Public Schools of Robeson County – Meeting Tuesday

The Public Schools of Robeson County have had work sessions and finance meetings about the possible reopening of schools, but an official decision won’t be made until at least Tuesday night.

The Board of Education has a meeting scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., which you can watch live on their Youtube channel (click here).

Sampson County Schools – Plan C

The Sampson County school board voted Tuesday morning to start the school year remotely, with various options.

Students in grades K-8 will start remotely for at least 4 weeks, while high school students will be remote for at least 9 weeks. Teachers would be teaching their remote programs from the schools, with exceptions as necessary.

Specific guidelines for EC and remediation students are in development.

Scotland County Schools – Plan C

Scotland County Schools announced on July 14 that it will operate under an entirely remote Plan C model for at least the first 9 weeks of schools.

“During last night’s Board of Education meeting, after a lengthy discussion of the possible options and considering the upward trends in COVID-19 cases, the Board recommended that our district start school under Plan C, total remote learning, for the first nine weeks of school,” the district said in a Facebook post. “During the first nine weeks, the Board will revisit the issue to see what plan is safest moving forward with the ultimate goal of eventually going back to all in-person learning. We recognize that each plan poses its own set of challenges for parents, students, staff, and school operations. Though these decisions clearly involve many different considerations, the health and safety of our students and staff will always remain at the forefront of our decision-making process.”

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Brandon Plotnick is a former sports journalist, now living in the digital space with interests all over the musical and pop culture map.