Richland One returns to hybrid learning on February 1

Richland One returns to hybrid learning on February 1

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland One School District has announced it will be returning to hybrid learning,

Schools will move out of e-learning into hybrid learning beginning on Monday, February 1, according to Richland One Superintendent Craig Witherspoon.

All students in the district will have two days of in-person learning and three days of virtual learning. Schools will provide additional information to parents next week.

Beginning February 16, only elementary students in the district will go to four days of in-person learning.


The full release regarding the decision can be found below:

We continue to monitor our Restart Strong Plan based upon the science and circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our plan, which has been posted on our website since July 2020, outlines the Phase-In Model (eLearning, hybrid and traditional face-to-face) and the full-year Virtual School Program option.

There have been modifications to our plan throughout this process. For example, parents were able to change options more frequently than originally planned. Another example is the district moved back to Phase 1 (eLearning) after the Winter Break based upon an anticipated surge in community outbreak of COVID-19. The significant increases in incidence rates per 100,000 people resulted in our extension of Phase 1 beyond the two weeks we originally planned. Staff availability, based upon COVID-19 cases and associated quarantines, also was a factor in our extension of Phase 1 beyond two weeks. This background information is important to consider.

As we finish this week of eLearning, the district will return to Phase 2 (hybrid) effective Monday, February 1, 2021. For the week of February 1, the instructional days will be Monday and Tuesday (Cohort A), and Wednesday and Thursday (Cohort B); the flex day will be Friday. Friday, February 5 is a professional development day/early release day for students, as designated on the district’s 2020-2021 calendar.

Also, please note the following information by grade level which is effective Tuesday, February 16:

Elementary School Students:

We will be transitioning to four days of in-person instruction at the elementary level. Wednesdays will be flex days. Schools will provide additional information to parents next week.

Parents of Phase 2/hybrid students who do not feel comfortable with their children returning to school for face-to-face instruction and want them to continue with eLearning will have that option.

Students in the Virtual School Program will remain in that program.

There are no more slots available in the Virtual School Program.

Middle and High School Students:

Middle school students and high school students will continue to be served in the Phase 2/hybrid model or the Virtual School Program, as they were before the Winter Break.

As we continue to work through the impact of COVID-19 on this district and our community, we appreciate your patience and understanding.”

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