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Board confirms March 15 start date for elementary in-person option

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At its reconvened meeting on March 2, 2021, the Durham Public Schools Board of Education reaffirmed its decision to offer in-person instruction as an option again in DPS beginning with elementary schools on March 15. A motion to delay the reopening of those schools to April 8 did not pass on a 3-4 vote.

The four small specialty high schools (City of Medicine Academy, J.D. Clement Early College High School, Middle College at Durham Tech, and New Tech High School) will reopen for a cohort of students on March 18, and the remaining high schools and middle schools will reopen for a cohort on April 8.

All schools will provide online-only asynchronous learning on “Wellness Wednesdays.” Elementary students would be in person for the other four days a week. Middle and high school students will attend on Mondays-Tuesdays or Thursdays-Fridays on three rotating cohorts.

More information about the reopening plan is available on the DPS website at