The Watauga County Board of Education voted Monday to allow students in grades K-5 to return to in-classroom instruction four days a week beginning March 8.

The return to Plan A, will require social distancing, face coverings for all students, teachers and staff, but it will not require schools to reduce the number of children in the classroom.

The Watauga Democrat reports the board voted 5-0 in favor of moving to Plan A.

According to the report, students in pre-K to second grade will go back to the classroom beginning March 8 on a Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday schedule, with Wednesdays being flex days for teachers.

Schools will continue to be thoroughly cleaned on Wednesdays.

Third through fifth grade students will return to school beginning March 22 on the same schedule.

The decision does not affect students attending the Watauga Virtual Academy.

Bus transportation may have to be altered, with potentially two to four routes having to run twice as busses, with only one student per seat unless they are siblings.

Grades 6 through 12 will remain in Plan B, in-person learning 2 days a week.

WCS employees will get their first dose of the Moderna vaccine February 24 at the Watauga Community Recreation Center, and will get their second shot on March 26.