Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday afternoon that schools will open with in-person and remote learning this fall. He also said school districts have the option to choose remote learning only.
Wayne County Public Schools officials have not responded to Cooper's decision. Administrators are developing strategies for both in-person/virtual learning and remote learning, but has not opted to release which plan it will use.
Cooper revealed his next executive order which extends Phase 2 an additional three weeks.
The "Safer at Home" measure could have a significant impact on high school sports this fall since Phase 2 is projected to end Aug. 7. The first official day of fall sports practice is Aug. 1.
Once Cooper announced his intentions, the N.C. High School Athletic Association released an emailed statement to its member schools.
Commissioner Que Tucker said Cooper's decision "puts us in a better position to make informed decisions concerning if, when and how to resume athletic competition at NCHSAA member schools.
"We will continue discussing the numerous options and scenarios that have been developed and recommended, identifying the most appropriate scenarios. The NCHSAA staff will work with the Board of Directors, Sports Medicine Advisory Committee and other stakeholder groups to solidify the details of the best plan for the safety of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and the communities the Association represents."
The state is currently in Phase 1 of the association's plan, which took effect June 15. There are no details for Phase 2 or Phase 3.