MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A teacher’s advocacy group is now urging South Carolina schools to remain fully virtual amid a recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the state.
SC for Ed posted the letter to social media Sunday afternoon, citing a high spread of the virus across the state in the past two weeks based on data from DHEC. The group also notes that some counties in the Upstate have seen some of the highest numbers of daily cases in the country.
“Yet despite these numbers, and the increasing alarm of some hospitals in the state as they run out of capacity, many school districts chose to place their teachers and students in harms’ way,” the letter wrote. “Clearly choosing misinformation over safety. It is reprehensible to sacrifice the health of teachers by fostering an incorrect narrative of ‘learning loss’ in the midst of a global pandemic.”
SC for Ed is also urging districts to “follow the scientific data of spread” by remaining virtual until numbers go down to those recommended by state and federal health officials.
The letter also asks Gov. Henry McMaster and state leadership to “prioritize the health and safety of our citizens by organizing a clear pathway for vaccination, mandating mask-wearing and supporting virtual learning.”
Several school districts in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, including Horry County Schools and Florence One Schools, opted to move fully virtual for a temporary period following the holiday break. Horry County Schools says it will decide Monday as to whether or not students will return to school on Jan. 19.
You can read SC for Ed’s full letter below: