WCAE plans One Last Chance rally

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The Wayne County Association of Educators held a “One Last Chance” phone campaign Tuesday evening and have planned a rally outside the Wayne County Public Schools central office on Thursday afternoon.

Callers contacted Wayne County Board of Education members and requested that they hold an emergency meeting Friday. They encouraged the Board to pass a measure to keep the schools in Plan “C.”

WCAE cited concerns about sanitation, testing protocols and training for all staff members to keep students of WCPS safe. According to a press release, 21 principals informed the Board they were not ready to open their doors to students.

Last Friday, the Board passed a motion 5-2 to proceed with Plan “B,” which is a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning. 

Board members Len Henderson and Patricia Burden voted against the motion. Henderson cited potential spikes in COVID-19 cases after the Labor Day holiday weekend, while Burden stressed the importance of teachers having more time to train and adapt to the teaching platform.

Each said the Board should wait until the grading period concluded before it made a decision regarding Plan "B."

Goldsboro High School is expected to begin on-campus instruction Thursday. The remainder of the county’s schools are slated to open Sept. 8.

Teachers have organized a “One Last Chance” car caravan on Thursday. They will meet at Berkeley Mall at 4 p.m. and then proceed to the central office in parade-like fashion.

The rally starts at 5 p.m.

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