LR5 students protest 5 day face-to-face learning

According to the district’s website, all students will be returning to face-to-face learning on February 1st.

Lee Co. elementary school teacher dies

  R2 teachers call out sick over COVID-19 concerns as districts return to in-person learning

  Sumter School District extends virtual learning through February 1

UofSC launches investigation after student possibly spotted at U.S. Capitol during riot

  Richland One to remain virtual through ‘at least’ end of January

  North Central HS community grows stronger in year since devastating EF-2 tornado

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  SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

UofSC shares COVID-19 precautions as spring semester gets underway

  SC First Steps expands 4K program after receiving $5 million from the governor

Teacher group urges South Carolina schools to move fully virtual in new letter

Lexington Two extends remote learning period by 1 week for students following Winter Break

S.C. Dept. of Education deactivates COVID-19 complaint form for teachers, students, families

  McMaster calls for return to in-person learning, several districts remain online after Winter Break

This latest push from the governor comes at the same time several Midlands districts have returned to virtual models for a short period of time following the winter break.

  McMaster reallocates relief funds to benefit state education programs

The governor is giving millions to the Department of Social Services, state technical colleges and early childhood education programs.

  SC superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

Spearman said she was tested on December 31 and was self-quarantined after being identified as a close contact to her husband and her son, who both tested positive for the virus.

  Richland County Council, officials work to restore trust with the community

Richland County Council ushered in a new era, with five new council members being sworn in on Thursday.

More than 10,000 North Carolina students unaccounted for

S.C. teacher group asking state leaders to provide specifics about vaccine rollout for school workers

S.C. Superintendent says schools need to offer in-person option, warns against winter sports

  Study: Teacher vacancies up in South Carolina amid pandemic

Lexington Two returns to remote learning first week after Winter Break

  UofSC professor facing sexual harassment lawsuit no longer teaching

  Mother organizes petition for LR5 schools to return to full in-person learning

The next school board meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25.

  Lexington School District One pulls plug on in-person learning after holidays

Dr. Little said district officials followed the same line of reasoning when it came to the decision to return to e-learning for the first week of January.

New program offers free college degrees to SC prisoners

Some prisoners in South Carolina will soon be able to attend college for free.

Tik Tok gifts $1 million to SC State to provide scholarships for minority healthcare students

SC State, according to university officials, is one of 10 historically black colleges and universities to receive the donation from the social media service.

  ‘It’s exhausting’: Richland 2 nurses struggle to contact trace with rising COVID cases

The strain on staff and school nurses is something Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said played a role in their decision to return to virtual learning for the first two weeks of January.

  Claflin to receive $20M donation from MacKenzie Scott

The donation, according to university officials, is the largest in Claflin’s 150-year history.

  WATCH: How SC schools are confronting the challenges of COVID-19

Here in the Midlands, several school districts are returning to virtual learning due to a rise in COVID-19 cases.

Orangeburg Co. School District will move fully-virtual following Winter Break

District leaders anticipate that some in-person instruction through a hybrid model will available again beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

  Proposed S.C. bill would require high schoolers to take personal finance course

A bill pre-filed in the South Carolina State Senate would require high school students to take a personal finance course before they graduate.

  Richland 1 in need of bus drivers, bus aides

Richland School District One is now hiring bus drivers and bus aides.

  LR5 to return to virtual learning for 3 days after Winter Break

The district currently has a hybrid model for older students with younger students in class four days a week.

  Dept. of Ed to give SC schools $84 million to help reopening efforts

The funding will be allocated to districts per pupil beginning the week of Dec. 14.

  Richland One will move fully-virtual after Winter Break

Beginning Monday, Jan. 4, the district will return to eLearning to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

  R2 cancels sports, other activities for Dec., will go virtual after Winter Break

In-person instruction will resume on January 19, 2021.

  Superintendent Molly Spearman addresses COVID-19’s impact on schools

State Superintendent Molly Spearman spoke with WIS to address COVID-19’s impact on schools.

State Superintendent can’t say if vaccines will be required for students

The State Superintendent says she has not made a decision regarding whether South Carolina students will be required to get the coronavirus vaccine once it’s widely-available.

  Student at Airport HS tased by SRO during brawl; family calls for policy changes

Five students involved with the fight have been arrested and charged with third-degree assault and battery.

  Cardinal Newman goes virtual until January

It's a rare move for a private school in South Carolina.

  SC teacher groups call on districts to move fully virtual, governor pushes for face-to-face learning

Despite health officials calling last week the worst in terms of new cases since the pandemic began, Governor Henry McMaster called on all districts to move or stay in five days a week face to face instruction during a news conference Wednesday.

Court again nixes SC gov’s private school pandemic aid plan

McMaster planned to take questions on the ruling later Wednesday.

FCC awards $121 million in rural broadband funding

Senator Lindsey Graham’s office says the FCC has awarded the state of South Carolina $121 million in rural broadband funding for over 100,000 unserved homes and businesses.

  Entire A.C. Flora football team in quarantine after COVID-19 exposure

Officials said the news came just hours after the team's huge win Saturday night in the 4A Championship game.

Sumter School District returns to virtual learning

The change will begin on December 14th.

  Lexington 2 school to go virtual after more than 10% of students, staff exposed to COVID-19

Under Lexington Two protocol, a school must temporarily switch to remote learning when this happens.

  8-year-old who emigrated from Ukraine will soon compete in US national track championships

For USA Track and Field, Artem is currently listed as having the third fastest time this season for his age group in the 2000 meter race.

  Mourning Lexington teacher’s death, friends and fellow teachers ask: ‘Am I next?’

Blakely’s death is the second publicly reported teacher death in the area this school year.

  R2 teachers call for return to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Richland Two officials said they’ve had over 200 teachers resign since March, but that the number of resignations isn’t out of the ordinary.

  Community mourns loss of Lexington elementary school teacher to COVID-19

Friends and those who had children in her class remember her as someone with a heart of gold.

Jackson Creek Elementary dismissing early after fire

District officials said there was a fire in a community restroom on the second floor of the school.

Caslen back in office following COVID-19 recovery

Caslen tested positive for the virus prior to Thanksgiving break, only experiencing mild symptoms at the time.

  Lexington Co. third grade teacher dies from COVID-19 complications

Staci A. Blakely, a teacher at Carolina Springs Elementary School, passed away on Saturday, December 5.

  Sumter School District earns Purple Star designation in support of military families

The Purple Star designation is given by the South Carolina Department of Education to school districts that make a significant contribution to supporting military families.

  Lexington 2 teachers call out to make stand over safety

On Wednesday, the district transitioned its non-virtual students to five-days-a-week in-person learning, which is something the teachers said put them and their students at risk.

  LR5 school board decides to revert to hybrid schedule for middle, high schools

The motion passed with a vote of 6 to 1.

  Mother claims school left 5-year-old son unsupervised, alone by road

She said he was found off-campus by a custodian on the edge of nearby Old Orangeburg Road.

  LR5 calls special meeting to discuss return to hybrid learning

Right now, the district is offering four days of in-person instruction each week, with one day of eLearning. There are growing concerns, though, about continuing with this model during the holiday season.

  3 high schools in LR5 closed Tuesday following high number of staff absences

Teachers appear to have called out to make their displeasure known about the school board’s inaction regarding a return to hybrid learning.

Lawsuits claim UofSC discriminated against women on staff complaining of sexual harassment

The lawsuits claim the university did not take action and instead discriminated against them.

  LR5 school board still debating return to hybrid schedule

This comes as COVID-19 cases among students and staff at schools across the state, and in LR5, have sharply increased.

  UofSC president tests positive for COVID-19

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen announced Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Camden High students dismissed for eLearning Day following major water main break

Student drivers were allowed to leave at 9 a.m. Parent pick-up began at 9:15 a.m.

  UofSC to require COVID-19 testing of students, staff in spring

Watch a live stream announcing the increased testing at 3 p.m. Monday.

  University of South Carolina makes testing a priority as holiday break approaches

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, the university says they have the resources to complete about 2,000 tests per day.

SC Education Dept., State Supt. were ‘unaware’ of governor’s school testing kit announcement

According to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are more than 2,000 cases among students in South Carolina. and more than 900 cases among school staff.

  All SC public schools to get rapid COVID-19 testing kits

Schools should have the tests after the Thanksgiving holiday, health officials say.

DHEC: More than 3,200 cases of COVID-19 reported in K-12 schools in SC

Both public and private schools are included in these numbers.

  Richland Two working to dispel rumors of COVID-19 outbreak at elementary school

No student at Windsor Elementary has the virus right now, a district spokeswoman said.

  Lexington One announces e-learning holiday schedule

This schedule change does not affect the beginning of Thanksgiving Break or Winter break.

  School nurses navigate response to COVID-19 on top of normal student caseload

On top of her normal workload, Starling is now the school’s main contact tracer, working to notify students or staff who may have been exposed to the virus.

Richland Two cancels all in-person classes during Thanksgiving week

Nov. 23 and 24 are now eLearning days.

Richland Library expands indoor services at some locations

Indoor services such as browsing for books and using the computer are now available at select locations.

  Declining enrollment, COVID-19 forces UofSC to find ways cut costs, increase revenue

On Friday, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees held a meeting with their Finance and Infrastructure committee getting some big updates on where the university stands in the last months of 2020 and how they plan to move forward.

Clemson to open special dorm community for LGBTQ students

Clemson University will open its first “living-learning community” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students next fall.

Orangeburg Co. schools to shift hybrid learning schedule leading up to holiday breaks

School officials have announced that students, teachers, and staff will work virtually on the two days that precede this year’s Thanksgiving and Winter breaks.

Allen University gets major donation from Boeing

Boeing announced it will be donating $1.5 million to fund the renovation of the former Good Samaritan Waverly Hospital.

Batesburg-Leesville HS to begin 4-day-per-week in-person instruction for hybrid students this month

District officials said the students will attend classes in-person on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Gas leak causes evacuation at Irmo Middle School

No students were at the school at the time, district officials said.

  Lexington One weighs increasing in-person days for high schoolers amid COVID-19, other transitions

DHEC is reporting 58 high schoolers in Lexington One have tested positive since it began tallying cases in schools.