State Board of Education approves creation of 42 remote academies

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RALEIGH — The creation of 42 remote or virtual academies across the state was approved by members of the State Board of Education (SBE) at its Feb. 2 meeting. 

The academies will be scattered in districts across the state and will open in 2023-24. The remote learning schools will be run by local public school districts. The academies will be subject to the accountability rules that apply to conventional brick-and-mortar schools, per the SBE. 

Legislation (SL 2022-59) passed last year instructed the SBE to begin implementing the academies. 

As defined by the SBE and legislation, remote academies are public schools where instruction is mainly online and may use a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction. 

“The need for widespread remote instruction was an immediate response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the 2020-21 school year, but some families and students have expressed a preference to continue learning remotely even as previously closed schools reopened,” an SBE press release states.  

A full list of the remote academies and their locations can be found under SBE meetings located on the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s website.