UNION COUNTY — Almost 8,000 students are registered for the virtual academy offered by Union County Public Schools (UCPS) for the fall semester of 2020. UCPS serves approximately 42,000 students; the 7,849 students who are enrolled make up 18.6% of the student population.

The virtual academy, also known as “Plan D,” allows them to study through their school via remote learning. It was an option for families who had concerns about sending their child or children to school amidst a global pandemic that has been responsible for nearly 40 deaths in Union County over a span of several months.

Currently, public schools in North Carolina are operating under Governor Roy Cooper’s “Plan B” which is four days of remote learning with one day of in-person instruction.

Students within Union County Public Schools will start the fall semester on Aug. 17.