Monday night, the Watauga County Board of Education voted 5-0 to return middle and high school students to a four-day week of in-person instruction, beginning April 12th, under Plan A guidelines.

Schools will remain on a four-day schedule for the remainder of the school year, with Wednesday serving as a facility cleaning day as well as a time for individual instruction from teachers.

Third through fifth grade students begin their Plan A schedule Monday, March 22, joining Pre K-2 students who began operating under Alan A last week.

The Watauga Democrat reports Superintendent Dr Scott Elliot said that starting Plan A on April 12 gives schools, teachers and staff time to prepare for the change.

April 12 is at the end of spring break, and Elliott said he hopes it is used by teachers and staff to rest before going back to four days a week of in-person learning.

According to the report, Monday's special meeting came one year to the day that the school system changed to remote learning after schools were closed due to the pandemic.