Today (August 17) is the first day for students in the Hickory Metro public schools and the start of the 2020-2021 instructional year has a very different look to it. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced in July that the state of North Carolina would open the school year under “Plan B”, a mixture of remote and in-person learning. School systems were given the choice regarding how to proceed at the beginning of the instructional calendar.
Hickory Metro systems have chosen different approaches. The Hickory Public Schools and Burke County Schools have chosen remote learning only until Friday, September 11. The Catawba County, Newton-Conover, Caldwell County, and Alexander County Schools have opted to go with a blended education model consisting of in-person instruction combined with remote learning. Parents have the choice to utilize full remote learning.