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Where do I find my school district and the state office for public instruction?

With children in public school, it is important to know what your school district is and how to find their contact information. Click here to use your address or zip code to find information about your local school district.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is responsible for providing structure and guidance to public school districts across the state. To find out more information about the NCDPI click here

What is my school district’s reopening plan for the 2020-2021 school year?

Each school district in North Carolina is required to have a “Plan B” or “Plan C” for reopening at the beginning of the new school year. To find NCDPI’s Guidebook for Reopening Public Schools click here.

Different plans for reopening are as follows:

  • Plan A: Schools will reopen normally with minimal social distancing requirements
  • Plan B: Schools will be open for in person learning, but must operate at less than full capacity and have enhanced cleaning and safety measures. Students will alternate days of in-person learning and virtual learning to reduce contact. 
  • Plan C: Schools will not reopen and learning will be completely virtual. 

School districts will make their own decision about choosing Plan B or Plan C for reopening, to find out more information, reach out to your local school district.

What health and safety protocols are in place for public schools?

Schools will follow health protocols that are required by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). To find more about health protocols as outlined by NCDHHS click here.

What is a homeless liaison?

Each school district has a representative that helps ensure the McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act is being implemented properly. The McKinney-Vento Education of Homeless Children and Youth Act passed by Congress entitles children who are experiencing homelessness to a free and appropriate public education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in school. Under the McKinney-Vento Act every homeless student has the following rights: 

  • Go to school, no matter where they live or how long they have lived there.
  • Attend either the local school or the school of origin, if this is in their best interest; the school of origin is the school the child attended when he/she was permanently housed or the school in which the child was last enrolled.
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if missing records and documents normally required for enrollment, such as a birth certificate, proof of residence, previous school records, or immunization/medical records.
  • Enroll, attend classes, and participate fully in all school activities while the school gathers records.
  • Have access to the same programs and services that are available to all other students, including transportation and supplemental educational services.
  • Attend school with children not experiencing homelessness; a school can not segregate a student because he or she is homeless.

To find out more about the homeless liaison program in North Carolina schools click here.

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