‘Disgusted and disappointed’: FSD1 leaders fire teacher after making ‘inexcusable’ Facebook post

  S.C. superintendent encourages school districts to return to face-to-face learning for some students

  Due to COVID-19 uncertainty, hazard pay for state employees and teacher pay step increases on hold

UofSC reports significant decrease in number of COVID-19 cases on campus

Former ITT students to receive $330 million in debt relief nationally, state attorney general says

New push for statewide 5-day in-person school introduced by Greenville SC Reps.

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  School districts across the midlands report positive COVID-19 cases for students and faculty

Former SC teacher’s license revoked after ingesting illegal substance in front of class

  SC House to discuss Senate absentee bill during special session, massive education bill unlikely to pass

  Lexington Richland 5 parents protest for 5 day in-person learning

  Parents planning rally during LR5 board meeting, asking for in-person learning all week

  Parents of special needs children beg districts for a face to face option

UofSC reports decrease in number of COVID-19 cases on campus

When looking at the total number of people who have had COVID-19 at UofSC since Aug. 1, the number of cases grows to 2,108.

  Death of SC teacher raises tensions over reopening schools or remaining virtual

Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said Ms. Bannister’s death re-affirms the seriousness of the virus, and he said he was already in the mindset of following data and numbers.

  28-year-old teacher at SC public school dies of COVID-19

The 28-year-old teacher had been an educator for five years.

  SC governor, education leaders announce ‘intermediate solution’ for virtual learning in rural areas

Using datacasting, SCETV said they plan to serve approximately 5,000 students across 34 school districts in the state.

  Students embrace return to in-person learning in Kershaw County with new structure

  Fairfield County says they’ve had a ‘very good experience’ after three weeks of school

  More UofSC students in quarantine as cases on campus rise, here’s a look inside

DHEC reports 233 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools

  Lex-Rich Five 3rd grader is ready for the new school year, says she likes wearing a mask

  Fall enrollment at SC public universities not as low as feared, revenue losses still anticipated due to pandemic

  Kershaw Co. schools say they have the Midlands’ only thermal temperature scans for students

For those heading back to the school building, everyone will have their temperatures checked on the way in using a device called Feevr.

  DHEC: 158 COVID-19 cases reported at South Carolina schools

Of those cases, 89 have been identified as students and 69 have been identified as employees.

  UofSC expands quarantine capacity as active COVID-19 cases climb to nearly 1,500

As of Friday, Sept. 4, there are a total of 1,461 active cases of COVID-19 at UofSC.

  UofSC gives update on COVID-19 quarantine capacity on campus

Officials revealed they have an agreement with a local hotel to help provide more space for students in quarantine.

  UofSC halts COVID-19 saliva testing citing staffing shortages

The school does not know when saliva testing might resume.

  UofSC president says closing campus could make things worse after rising COVID-19 cases

University officials say 90% of these cases are among students, adding that the spread is not happening in classrooms but instead during off-campus, social activities.

Lexington Two students to receive free meals with USDA extension

Both full-time Virtual Academy and hybrid model Lexington Two students will receive free meals at school and by curbside pickup after the USDA extended its summer meals program amid the coronavirus pandemic.

LEAP Days canceled at Chapin Elementary this week after intern tests positive for COVID-19

District officials said Chapin Elementary was notified of the positive result on September 1.

UofSC students choose to make Greek rush events virtual as another house goes under quarantine

Officials will address COVID-19 on campus during a virtual town hall at 6 p.m. Watch it live here.

  Benedict College partners with U.S. Small Business Administration to launch new women’s business center

The Benedict College Women's Business Center will help small businesses owned by women start, grow, expand, and recover as the country continues to work to restart the economy.

UofSC announces 1,026 active COVID-19 cases on campus

It's a jump from 557 active cases announced just days before, on Friday, Aug. 28.

  UofSC suspends 15 students, 6 Greek organizations due to large parties or quarantine violations

A total of nine Greek houses are now in quarantine.

  Richland Two school year starts with empty buildings, students meeting teachers and classmates online

The first day of school was anything but normal.

  Caslen ‘committed’ to in-person learning as UofSC reports 557 active COVID-19 cases

There are a total of 6 Greek Village houses now under quarantine.

  UofSC places 3 more Greek Village houses in quarantine after positive COVID-19 tests

This announcement comes two days after the university confirmed two other Greek Village houses were in quarantine due to positive COVID-19 test results.

Richland One middle school closed due to COVID-19 concern

The school was cleaned and disinfected as a precaution.

  S.C. principal tells students to ‘Just Clean It’ in parody video

The principal dances throughout the video reminding students there is no hugging or high fives right now, but there are proper ways to wear their masks.

  WIS Back-to-school special: COVID and the Classroom

The entire WIS news team went to districts throughout the Midlands -- talking with superintendents, school nurses, teachers and parents to give you a glimpse at the “new normal.”

  SC students worried about college scholarship money as several SAT/ACT testing sites continue to cancel

In South Carolina, hundreds of students still rely on those test scores to qualify for state-funded scholarships.

  Lexington virtual academy students receive iPads, Chrome books in preparation for school year

The rest of the year the students will be learning remotely at home using different platforms such as seesaw or google classroom on an iPad or Chrome Book based on what grade the student is in.

  Westwood HS teacher balances duties as Mom at home, Mrs. in the virtual classroom

Heather Johnson is working to virtually educate her students at Westwood High while helping her two sons at home.

  Some Orangeburg County students unable to begin new school year because of no internet

Households that meet the income requirements of having 250% or less than federal poverty guidelines will be eligible for a hotspot.

SCDE asks for input on waiving federal assessment exams for 2020-2021 school year

Governor Henry McMaster and state lawmakers passes a law this summer that allowed SCDE to ask for the waiver.

  ‘Pandemic Pods’ offer Midlands students an alternative learning opportunity

CEO Tyler Robertson established a learning pod for his and his employee's children.

  Two UofSC Greek Village houses quarantined after students test positive for COVID-19

The University says out of the thousands of students tested over the last week 1.6% has tested positive.

  Richland One school temporarily closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19, teachers concerned about lack of PPE

Last Friday, two days after Burton Pack Elementary closed for cleaning, an email was sent to all Richland One teachers stating that they would now be allowed to teach from home during virtual learning.

  Churches consider offering eLearning support for parents who can’t stay home for virtual instruction

The South Carolina Baptist Convention has put out a call to all of its more than 2,000 churches to consider providing these services, if possible, as a way to support their communities.

  Lexington-Richland 5 District officials work to reopen schools safely

The measures include ordering over 1,000 plexiglass stations to install at common areas in schools to hand sanitizer stations throughout the school.

  Some Richland County students return to the classroom for in-person LEAP days

Richland One was originally requiring teachers to teach inside their classrooms during virtual learning, but now teachers have the option to teach virtually from their homes.

  Meal services still available as Orangeburg and Newberry County students kick off the school year

Multiple Midlands school districts are kicking off the school year beginning Monday, Aug. 24. Both the School District of Newberry County and the Orangeburg County School District are back in class.

  SC technical colleges providing students much-needed flexibility in midst of pandemic

Some students in South Carolina are looking into taking classes at technical colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SC Supreme Court to hear case regarding funds allocated by McMaster for private schools

Arguments will be heard at the state Supreme Court on September 28.

  Drop in Lexington Co. COVID-19 cases offers hope for in-person learning at schools

Lexington County is the only one in the Midlands to hit this milestone of lower disease activity, and it comes as many Lexington County school districts prepare to welcome students back face to face.

  Because of COVID-19 pandemic, more students in SC could take gap years

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education said colleges and universities in the state have noticed an increase in students deferring their enrollment this semester.

  Cayce City Council updates face mask ordinance to include public schools

Wednesday, the council added the requirement of wearing masks on buses and in public schools.

  New online UofSC COVID-19 Dashboard as students begin classes

Ahead of the start of classes at UofSC – many of them in-person – you can now access the latest campus coronavirus numbers on the university’s website.

  Hundreds of UofSC students turn up for COVID-19 saliva testing

Hundreds of students came out to the Davis Field on Wednesday for the saliva test.

Monroe High teachers go viral with back-to-school rap video

Two Monroe Comprehensive High School teachers have already engaged their students in a viral way with a back-to-school rap that is catching eyes all over the nation.

  UofSC president shares plans to mitigate spread of COVID-19 on campus

Many college students are back on campus as classes are set to resume Thursday, Aug. 20.

SC has tracked down almost all 16,000 students who were unaccounted for during pandemic

Fewer than 1,000 students remain accounted for as of August 19.

  Chromebooks available to Sumter students as district works to help with internet access

District leaders say because Sumter is currently considered a “high risk” community, all students will start out the year online.

  Two SC schools welcome students back with hilarious video

Chambers said, "This year students wanted to have a positive message to prepare for a unique start to the school year. Student body President, Ebony Christie, sang the song and the song and video were edited by Elijah Slater."

UofSC offering saliva-based COVID-19 testing for campus community

The SAFE test will make it possible for the university to test thousands of students and employees daily for COVID-19.

  Midlands private schools see enrollment spike as students return for in-person instruction

Some private schools are saying they are completely full, with many students still on a waiting list.

  SC school districts still facing bus driver shortages as start dates approach

Richland Two says it still needs to hire 30 drivers, and if they had to hit the road right now, at least seven buses would have to sit empty

  Students return to Lexington School District 4

Monday, some of Lexington County School District 4 returned to the classroom for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates to begin fully remote instruction after COVID-19 cases increase on campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reports 130 COVID-19 tests came back positive last week, along with five employees.

SCDE face covering guidelines for K-12 public schools

While wearing a mask is required, there are some exceptions.

  New UofSC students call move-in process smooth after university extends arrival days

The lack of stress around getting settled allowed Beaule to take time to celebrate arriving to campus after a long summer.

SC Department of Education Launches web portal dedicated to social-emotional learning

“We understand how critical the social and emotional components of a child’s learning is,” Spearman said.

  UofSC students encouraged to join #IPledgeColumbia campaign, taking personal responsibility in fight against COVID-19

Ahead of their return, the school’s student body president, Issy Rushton, says she helped to kickstart the I Pledge Columbia campaign encouraging students to wear a mask and help protect the campus and the community from COVID-19.

  Meeting with Molly: State Superintendent Spearman answers teachers top questions on tele-town hall

State Superintendent Molly Spearman participated in the tele-town hall hosted by the Palmetto State Teachers Association and the South Carolina Education Association.

  Students return to classrooms at Lexington Three for optional orientation week

WIS toured Batesburg-Leesville Elementary during its LEAP week, an optional orientation for elementary school students and staff.

Gov. McMaster to deliver PPE supplies to school districts

The Department of Administration will streamline the purchase and distribution of PPE to school districts.

Richland One extends deadline to submit online meal surveys

Richland One said it will continue to provide free meals to all district students regardless of income thanks to the federal Community Eligibility Provision.

70 school districts to receive $10 million in PPE, SC governor says

Officials with the governor’s office said 70 of the state’s 81 schools requested funding for PPE.

  Teacher school supply ‘wish list’ as many prepare for both digital and in-person classrooms

Some groups are asking teachers to create a wish list so that they know exactly what to get based on the real needs of local educators.

  Richland Two teacher demonstrates what virtual lessons will look like

During the meeting, a Richland Two teacher gave a demonstration of what a virtual lesson plan would look like, and how it would engage students remotely. D