Governor Cooper closed all public school buildings in March for the remainder of  the (2019-2020) school year.

Since that time, many of the decisions about re-opening schools, school calendars, and any combination of live instruction versus remote instruction for the 2020-2021 school year were decided by state educational leaders and the NC General Assembly, in consultation with state, local, and national health officials.

Decisions made by WCPSS are limited by these guidelines.  Further, these guidelines have changed multiple times since the end of the school year as new scientific evidence and expert recommendations develop, requiring WCPSS to change and adapt its plan.

WCPSS is working hard to develop a number of contingencies, knowing that live instruction is preferable to remote instruction and that our community’s economic health relies on re-opening, but also that the safety of children, teachers, and staff comes first.

Ultimately Wake County Schools will have to comply with federal, state, and county government guidelines when schools re-open for 2020-2021.


For the latest information about how COVID-19 is impacting school decisions, please visit:

WCPSS Return to Campus: Information about School Reopening from WCPSS.

NC Department of Health and Human Services Schools FAQ:  Q&A regarding required safety guidelines for opening schools under state regulations. This FAQ contains links to additional documents with more detailed information.

NC State Board of Education and NC Department of Public Instruction Safety Guidelines:  Specific guidelines for school re-openings. These guidelines are in a “living document”, meaning government officials have changed and adapted them several times in response to evolving health conditions and may change them again as needed.

FAST Program – Supervised child care for remote learning: Information about Wake County’s public/private partnership to support working families who need childcare for remote learning during the work day. These are staffed small-group and socially distanced learning centers (much smaller class sizes than local schools) and will provide physical activity and extended learning opportunities for children.