Governor Roy Cooper and the North Carolina Legislature have agreed to a plan that will allow K-5 students to return to the classroom full-time and provides for flexibility for grades 6-12 between in-person learning and remote learning.

Senate Bill 220 allows schools to open under Plan A for Grades 6-12 and they must detail their plans to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

The Governor will be able to close certain schools or districts if COVID-19 cases increase in certain areas.

Remote learning will be available for all students and parents who prefer to remain at home.

Gov. Cooper officially signed the bill into law on Thursday, and the law will take effect 21 days after signing.


The Watauga County Board of Education will hold a special called meeting Monday March 15 at 7 pm to discuss school operations in response to the recent passage of Senate Bill 220.

The meeting will be held at the Margaret E. Gragg Educational Center, 175 Pioneer Trail Boone.

While public comment will be welcomed in person, the board also welcomes public comment via email.

Those can be sent to Superintendent Scott Elliott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to 4 PM on Monday, March 15.

The meeting will also be streamed live on the Watauga County Schools Youtube Channel.