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Clarendon School District Two moving to virtual instruction

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 1:16 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2021 at 11:20 PM EDT
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MANNING, S.C. (WIS) - Clarendon School District Two announced it will close schools district-wide and move to virtual class sessions for the week of September 6.

A press release issued by the district states the move is out of an abundance of caution.

The district states that all teachers will report to the buildings to provide students with live/virtual instructions and that each school will be providing further information regarding class times and schedules.

The district is using the remainder of this week to prepare for the switch. At the end of next week, the district will provide more information about the status of school closures.

WIS talked with Shaniqua Shannon, a mother in the district, at the beginning of the month when she found out there would be no virtual option for her 11-year-old son in Clarendon District Two.

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“Why do I have to choose between school and the safety of our children,” said Shannon.

Shannon’s two-year-old has Sickle Cell Disease which weakens his immune system. She worried if she sent her older son to school he could catch COVID and infect her youngest.

“I was very excited that they decided to go virtual,” said Shannon.

Shaniqua Shannon says she hopes districts will realize virtual learning is an option that will protect not only their students and staff but also their vulnerable family members.

“That virtual option should be permanent for parents who want that option,” said Shannon.

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