The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board voted unanimously yesterday for an all-remote option for the start of the 2020 school year. During an emergency meeting, board members cited a staffing shortage as the reason for moving to Plan C.
The continuing pandemic influenced the decision as the board recognized the numerous difficulties in opening schools and keeping staff and children safe. School is set to start on August 17. As of July 14, more than 1,300 staff members within the school system had requested alternative work arrangements instead of returning to schools for in-person learning. More than 100 other staff members said they would resign, retire, or apply for a leave of absence.
I mentioned yesterday in a blog that there’s no perfect solution for all involved. The primary goal is to make sure children are safe, as well as educational staff. 2020 has thrown curve balls at us continuously since March and we’ve all made adjustments in our daily life.
Many parents are not happy with the board’s decision because they feel a quality education should occur in-person. They also feel in-person learning fits the social and emotional needs of kids. Again, I see both sides of the argument. There’s just no solution that would make all happy. Read more about the decision here.