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Gov. Cooper signs school reopening bill into N.C. law
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 22:07

From Staff Reports 


RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on March 10 signed the in-person school reopening bill into law in North Carolina.

After the signing, the governor’s office issued a brief March 11 press release featuring the following statement by Cooper:

“Getting students back into the classroom safely is a shared priority, and this agreement will move more students to in-person instruction while retaining the ability to respond to local emergencies.”

Cooper reached an agreement with legislators to reopen public K-12 schools, after which he and senate leader Phil Berger made the announcement in downtown Raleigh.

“The compromise agreement requires all elementary school students to operate under Plan A, full in-person learning. Middle and high schools would have the option to operate under Plan A or Plan B,” the website reported.

“The effective date for the legislation is 21 days after Cooper signs the bill and it’s ratified.”

On March 11, te state’s House of Representatives gave final legislative approval to Senate Bill 220 The Reopen Our Schools Act of 2021. The measure requires grades K-5 to open full-time for students under “Plan A” in-person instruction. added, “The governor does have authority to order a closure, restriction or reduction of operations within schools, but must only do so on a district by district basis. 

“Today I’m pleased to announce an agreement to get students in school safely and surely,” quoted Cooper as saying on March 10.

“Berger called the joint decision a ‘fair compromise that returns many students to fulltime in-person instruction,’” added.



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