Mitchell County Schools Reopening Update

(News release from Mitchell Schools)

Mitchell County Schools Board of Education met on Friday, September 25 to reevaluate and revise the 2020-2021 school reopening plan.  The time-line for returning our middle and high school students is outlined below:

October 5th, 2020

  • No change in K-6 schedule
  • All 7th and 8th grade students will return to school on an A/B schedule.
  • Mondays and Tuesdays- Last names A-K will attend face to face instruction and last names L-Z will continue with remote instruction.
  • Wednesdays and Thursdays- Last names L-Z will attend with face-to-face instruction and last names A-K will continue with remote instruction.  
  • Fridays will be a remote learning day for all 7th and 8th grade students. 


October 12, 2020

  • No change in K-6 schedule
  • 7th and 8th grade students will continue an A/B schedule.
  • Mitchell High School Students will return on an A/B schedule.  Logistics and details of this schedule will be released by Mitchell High School next week. 


October 19, 2020

  • No change in K-6 schedule
  • If we have successfully implemented the requirements for North Carolina’s Plan B for School Reopening, all 7th and 8th grade students will return to face-to-face instruction 5 days per week.
  • Mitchell High School students will remain on an A/B schedule until further notice. 


Other Information:

  • All K-6 students will continue with 5 days face-to-face instruction.
  • Students enrolled in the virtual program K-8 will continue with virtual instruction. Virtual students in grades 9-12 may continue in the virtual program if he/she is attending virtual classes regularly and making acceptable academic progress.
  • Students enrolled in the virtual program who would like to return to face-to-face instruction may do so on October 19th. If your child is enrolled in the virtual program and you have not contacted the school to let them know you would like to enroll in face-to-face at the end of the nine weeks, please do so by Friday, October 2.  
  • One of the biggest challenges in getting all our students back to face-to-face instruction is transportation.  We have limited capacity on our buses this year.  If you are able to pick-up your child from school in the afternoons, this would help us tremendously in maintaining state guidelines for transportation. 
  • We continue working closely with and have approved this plan with the Mitchell County Health Department.  We will continue to work with them to monitor COVID-19 metrics and will make updates to our school schedules, if needed, based on their recommendations. 
  • All students will still be required to wear masks, remain socially distanced, and follow daily screening procedures. 
  • October 2 and October 16 will be remote learning days for all students, K-12, so that we can deep-clean our buildings.