FULL LIST: School reopening plans for Midlands districts

FULL LIST: School reopening plans for Midlands districts
Many of these plans still have to be approved by the Department of Education. (Source: WBRC)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The following is a list of school reopening plans so parents and students can easily see what their district has planned.

Note that these plans must still be approved by the Department of Education. Some districts have gotten approval while others are still waiting.

When plans are officially approved by the state, this story will be updated with a note next to the districts that have been approved.

WIS reporters have worked hard to cover this developing story. Multiple articles related to school reopenings on topics such as safety, funding and schedules can be found on wistv.com.

This list will be updated as more information becomes available.

Know of something we’ve missed? Send us an email.

Richland 1 - approved July 31

*Plan approval is contingent upon the district offering an in-person option no later than September 14, 2020.*

The district originally planned to start school on Aug. 31 with only virtual learning available, calling it Phase 1.

Officials made that decision because Richland County is considered a “high risk” area for COVID-19 spread based on recommendations from the AccelerateSC task force on reopening.

When the county becomes “medium risk,” the district would move to a hybrid model -- Phase 2.

Now, the district says they will work to offer an in-person option for one day a week during Phase 1. That is based on new requirements from the state Department of Education.

Students may also choose to learn virtually for the entire year.

Richland 2

Aug. 17 through Aug. 21 will be LEAP Days that are designed to provide additional face-to-face instructional support for students in Pre-K through eighth grade prior to the start of the 2020-2021 school year.

LEAP Days are to be used for face-to-face activities, assessments, or instruction to prepare for the opening of school. Parents and teachers will receive additional information about these new dates to the calendar.

Students then start school on Monday, Aug. 31.

Lexington 1 - approved July 30

Students return to school Monday, Aug. 31.

During the first four weeks of school -- Monday, Aug. 31, through Friday, Sept. 25 -- the district will use the AA/BB instructional model. A 100% virtual option is also available for students called Lexington One Virtual Academy, in addition to the hybrid option.

The goal at the end of the four weeks is to shift to five days of instruction, if possible.

Officials say that allows them to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and practice safety protocols they believe will minimize student and staff exposure.

See a pdf of the presentation here.

Lexington 2 - approved July 30

School starts Sept. 8. The district expects to use a hybrid model.

Parents have until Aug. 1 to apply for the Lexington Two Virtual Academy. To apply, click or tap here.

Get more details on the plan by clicking or tapping here.

Lexington 3 - approved July 30

Sept. 4 is the first day for all students.

Elementary school students can choose in-person instruction five days a week, a hybrid schedule, or an all virtual schedule.

Middle and high school students can choose between a hybrid model or virtual model to start the school year.

See the full plan by clicking or tapping here.

Lexington 4 - approved July 30

First day of school is scheduled for Aug. 17.

Parents may choose between several hybrid or solely-virtual models.

The district will not offer five-day in-person instruction until COVID-19 levels decrease.

Find more on the district’s website.

Lexington-Richland 5 - approved July 30

Parents have two options for schooling in the fall.

One of the options is a hybrid model where students would attend in-person classes two days a week, in what the district calls “cohorts.” The students would then do distance learning for the other three days.

The other option is a fully-digital learning program the district calls “F.I.V.E.,” or Flexible Innovative Virtual Education.

Officials say the district hopes to return to full in-person learning by Oct. 8. However, they will re-evaluate the situation at that time and say they will make a decision that is best for the safety of students and staff.


Teachers will return on August 17 and students will begin virtual-only instruction on August 28. They hope to transition to a hybrid model when COVID-19 rates decrease.

Orangeburg - approved July 30

All students will begin the year with virtual learning, but some may choose to return to school five days a week starting Sept. 14.

Kershaw - approved July 30

School starts Sept. 8.

Parents can choose between three options:

  • Face-to-face five days a week
  • eCampus participating live in real time
  • eCampus watching recorded lessons so students can work at their own pace

Parents may choose another option every four-and-a-half weeks.

Safety measures inside classrooms include smaller class sizes, dividers in the cafeteria, and temperature checks.

Buses must operate at no more than a 50% capacity and may have to double or triple routes and stagger school start times depending on how many children choose the in-person option.

Staff must wear masks.

Students in third grade and up must wear masks. Students in pre-K through second grade will have the option to wear a mask. There are some exceptions to this requirement.

Newberry - approved July 30

School begins Aug. 24 with a choice of a hybrid model or virtual learning.

Get details of each option in the plan by clicking or tapping here.

Saluda - approved July 27

Teachers start Aug. 11 and students begin Aug. 31.

The district is offering a hybrid option and a fully-virtual option.

Watch an explanation of the plan by clicking or tapping here.


School begins Aug. 24.

Students with disabilities, those with limited access to the internet, and those in specialized career programs that require hands-on learning may return to in-person learning five days a week.

All other students will learn virtually until COVID-19 cases decrease.

The board has approved the district’s plan and is awaiting feedback from the South Carolina Department of Education.

Lee - approved July 31

*Plan approval is contingent upon the district offering an in-person option no later than September 14, 2020.*

School is set to begin Sept. 8.

The district will offer the following options:

  • Hybrid model with two days face to face instruction (all students)
  • Fully Virtual (all students)

Click or tap here for details on the Lee County School District Reopening Plan.

Clarendon 1 - approved July 31

School is scheduled to start Aug. 17.

Parents can choose one of the following options:

  1. Traditional (on campus for five days)
  2. Virtual only
  3. Hybrid (two days on campus, three days virtual)

Clarendon 2

Clarendon Two has submitted a plan to restart school virtually to the South Carolina Department of Education.

The district is currently awaiting feedback from the department about their plan.

Clarendon 3 - approved July 31

The first day of school is Sept. 8.

The school district plans to have an in-school model for younger students and a hybrid and virtual model for most older students.

  • 4K through 2nd grade: Students will attend school with face-to-face instruction 4-5 days a week.
  • 3rd through 12th grades: A hybrid/blended model is available that would have face-to-face learning and virtual learning.
  • 5th through 12th grades: Students have the option to participate in Full Remote Learning. However, these students would need to participate in one face-to-face orientation and academic assessment session between Sept. 8 and 18.

Calhoun - approved July 30

*Plan approval is contingent upon the district offering an in-person option no later than September 14, 2020.*

School is scheduled to begin Aug. 17.

The district has two options:

  • Hybrid model with two days of face-to-face instruction
  • Fully Virtual

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