Governor Cooper shared that North Carolina will remain paused in Safer At Home Phase 2 after the current Executive Order expires on Friday, July 17.
“As we continue to see rising case numbers and hospitalizations, we will stay in Safer At Home Phase 2 for three more weeks,” said Governor Cooper. “Our re-opening priority is the school building doors, and in order for that to happen we have to work to stabilize our virus trends.”
Gov. Cooper also announced schools will reopen this fall with in-person and remote learning with key safety precautions to protect students, teachers and parents.
Gov. Cooper put the onus on school districts to choose whether they will choose the 'Plan B' or 'Plan C' reopening plan. Plan C is an all-remote learning scenario, while Plan B baselines as in-person learning with limited numbers of students in schools.
Face coverings will be required for K-12 students and teachers, Gov. Cooper said. The state will provide at least five disposable face masks for every student and teacher for each school.
There will be daily symptoms screenings at schools, Gov. Cooper said. Schools must provide a way to isolate students who show symptoms from other students and send them home.