Covid 19 has created new headaches daily for everyone. Schools are having to reinvent education as we know it. However, I must give kudos to the Brunswick County School Board for their approach to the issue. They took 4.5 weeks with just teachers in the building to learn sanitizing techniques and to monitor if an outbreak would occur. None did, and they moved to a hybrid plan B this week having 1/2 the student body in school at a time with a Wednesday required deep cleaning day between. I know that this first 9weeks have not been easy for parents, guardians, students, or teachers and staff. No one covered a pandemic in the Big Book of Things You Will have to Deal With. However, the school board erred on the side of caution. After the 4.5 weeks on the Hybrid program, the board should discuss moving to full students only with input from the medical community, the teachers and staff, the students, and the parents.
Brunswick County Board of Education stated its position and plan the first week of August. I thank them for not swaying from that plan, no matter how they felt after the governor gave the go ahead for elementary schools to be fully face to face. Teachers have to have time to plan. Parents have to have time to plan. When plans change willy-nilly those plans become mute and parents and teachers fell disenfranchised. So thank you Brunswick County Board of Education for a thoughtful plan that considers the safety of all stakeholders.