January 21, 2021 - In a 6-2 vote, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education voted to delay a return to in-person learning for most high school students. All students, grades 9 -12 were scheduled to begin returning to classrooms in cohorts next week. The Board of Education modified the plan as follows:
The originally proposed cohort schedule will be used for all grades.
Interim Superintendent Tricia McManus said, “I think these modifications will be helpful. We must pause and analyze our processes, specifically our contact tracing efforts. Those efforts are crucial and must not be strained by adding more students at this time. We must use the contact tracing strategy effectively if we are to continue to align with the CDC’s recommended mitigation efforts to slow the spread.”
She continued by saying, “I want nothing more than for students to be in school, but I have also been very clear I want to be 100% confident that we can implement the mitigation strategies effectively. Bringing just 9th graders back and delaying the others first helps us continue that crucial phased approach.”
Students in Pre-K through grade 8 have already returned to in-person learning. This decision will not affect their schedules.