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Stokes County Schools switches to all remote learning plan

Stokes County Schools' superintendent announced that the district will operate under Plan C for nine weeks.

STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Stokes County Schools students will study remotely for at least the first part of the school year. 

According to a press release, Superintendent Brad Rice made the decision to move to Plan C for the first nine weeks of school. However, district leaders said delivery delays are behind the decision. 

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In the release, the district said its vendors told them the personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies were "back-ordered" due to national demand. The district also stressed that the supplies were scheduled to arrive in early to mid-August. Now, the supplies are scheduled to arrive in early October. 

The school district said Rice was granted emergency powers to make the decision during the COVID-19 pandemic in March. 

The district also said it doesn't have the supplies to hold its small group orientations/open houses on Aug. 17-21. So, all parents and students will have to be screened and wear face coverings to attend the orientation.