Afternoon News Update, 3/11/21
By Sophia Lyons
In local news, some elementary school students in Watauga County returned to classrooms earlier this week. The Appalachian reports that kindergarten through second grade students attend all weekdays except Wednesday, which serves as a day for cleaning and small-group meetings. Students in third through fifth grades will return to school on the same schedule beginning Monday, March 22.
From state news, the North Carolina State House and Senate are considering a bill requiring all middle and high schools to offer in-person instruction at least some days per week. The Watauga Democrat reports that the bill allows middle and high schools to move to Plan B, two days each of in-person and online learning, or Plan A, up to five days per week of in-person instruction. Watauga County Schools has elementary schools in Plan A, with middle and high schools in Plan B.
In national headlines, a journalist pepper-sprayed and arrested while covering protests in Iowa has been acquitted. The Daily Progress with the Associated Press reports that the reporter for the Des Moines Register was on assignment covering racial injustice protests but was arrested on misdemeanor charges, the first journalist to face a criminal trial in the United States since 2018. Advocates widely condemned the charges on behalf of the free press.
Your Boone weather comes from booneweather.com. Thursday will be partly sunny with mild temperatures for a high in the mid 60s. Thursday night will be clear with light breezes for a low in the mid 40s.