Richland Two officials delay start of Phase Two in reopening plan

WIS Anchor Judi Gatson discusses bringing kids back to school with R2's Baron Davis

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Richland School District Two officials have pushed back the date for bringing students back into the classroom citing COVID-19 concerns.

The original start date for Phase 2 of the district’s reopening plan was Oct. 26.

However, district officials decided to delay Phase 2 until Nov. 4, about 10 days later.

Officials noted that COVID-19 disease activity remains at the high level, according to the Department for Health and Environmental Control.

They hope the next report from DHEC will show a greater decrease in the Two Week Percent Positive rate for the county.

Officials say delaying Phase 2 until Nov. 4 will give the community more time to show a decrease in COVID-19 cases and spread.

The Nov. 4 start date is firm.

Approximately 14,550 students will head back into the classroom as part of Phase 2.

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