The Avery County Board of Education Monday unanimously approved a plan for the return to in-person learning in the schools.

In a letter to parents and students, Superintendent Dan Brigman said the board approved the 4x1 framework, where students will be in class Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, while Wednesdays will be remote learning days for students, while all facilities will be deep cleaned.

Teacher planning, training and parent/student contact as needed is also reserved for Wednesdays.

Brigman said that officials are reviewing all instructional spaces to ensure space utilization in accordance with social distancing guidelines. All students and staff will be required to wear face coverings and visitors will have limited access.

Students who ride buses will be contacted soon about pick up and drop off times, and the transportation department is reviewing bus routes, as social distancing requirements could result in extended dual routes in the mornings and afternoons.

Information about class assignments, schedules and car rider arrival and pick up times will be made available soon.

The application deadline for those who choose the virtual learning option remains open until August 15.

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