University of Kentucky mistakenly sends 500,000 acceptances

SC Superintendent: Process for transgender athletes ‘works well,’ opposes bill

  ‘Fire all abusers’: Student protesters demand UofSC fire professors accused of sexual harassment

  S. Carolina Senate OKs five-day school for all by April 12

  SC Superintendent doesn’t think COVID vaccine will ever be required for students

  Orangeburg Co. School District returns to 5-day in-person learning

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  Beloved R1 high school teacher, coach dies after battling COVID-19

  SC standardized testing for K-12 students will happen this spring

Chapin teacher surprised as finalist for SC Teacher of the Year

  SC public schools to receive ‘unprecedented’ amount of funding this year

  LIST: SC school districts go virtual, close Thursday due to severe weather threat

  Statesville mom shares story of son’s suicide to encourage mental health dialogue: ‘I just want people to talk’

Lexington Two to hold in-person graduation ceremonies

In-person graduation ceremonies will be held for two of the district high schools.

Coroner releases new details about Furman student found dead

Michael “Ryan” Wood died on campus Wednesday.

Clyburn pushes for affordable internet accessibility

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar have introduced new bills to provide internet service for rural communities.

  LR5 partnering with Lexington Medical Center to vaccinate staff

The vaccination events will be held on Friday, March 26 and Friday, April 16.

  UofSC to host in-person commencement ceremonies at Williams-Brice

  Small raises for SC teachers likely after House vote

  UofSC plans for full face-to-face instruction in fall 2021

SC charter schools get extra $9 million because of pandemic

  Teachers, school districts begin acting on vaccine plans after Phase 1B announcement

Sumter High School coach dies after battling COVID-19

  SC lost 170 teachers a month for four months, but there are less open teaching jobs - here’s why

Garrett said her team did this study to get a better idea of what impact the pandemic had on teachers leaving but found the districts couldn’t tell them what percent of departures were related to COVID-19.

  South Carolina teachers trekking north to get vaccinated

The Department of Health and Environmental Control scheduled Phase 1B groups to be vaccinated in the early Spring.

UofSC commission focused on renaming buildings releases interim report

The report lists 16 buildings and campus area they will focus on renaming or contextualizing.

  Midlands school districts reveal vaccine roll out plans for teachers, staff

School districts say they won't drop the ball when it comes to teacher vaccine plans.

Richland Two will transition into Phase 3 beginning March 22

All schools will continue to offer eLearning for the remainder of the 2020–2021 school year.

  R1 plans to reopen all schools to 5 days of in-person learning by end of March

District officials said the plan is subject to change if COVID-19 spread increases.

  R 1, R2 ready to roll out vaccine plans for teachers

Richland School Districts One and Two Superintendents said they are ready for when vaccinations begin.

  WIS hosts new series with Claflin on ‘SC Superstars, CU Student Athletes and Social Justice’

Our first speaker was one of the greatest basketball players of all-time from South Carolina, Alex English.

  South Carolina lawmakers discuss teacher vaccine bill

Lawmakers reassured Spearman they want teachers to be vaccinated, but not before our vulnerable senior citizen population.

  Lex 1 high school community divided on decision to return 4 days face to face

The ability to social distance is a central concern for parents and teachers as they get ready for reopening.

  Richland 2 Charter School to close in June

The decision came after a board meeting on February 15.

  School in SC’s first COVID-19 hotspot proud of progress after more than 100 days of in-person learning

Kershaw County was the first COVID-19 hotspot in South Carolina.

  Lexington One high school students return to in-person learning

This plan does not impact students in the Online Learning Academy.

  Teachers close to getting planned annual increase after it was put on pause

Normally, state teachers get a salary increase every year. But because of the pandemic, the roughly 2% increase for 2020-2021 was put on hold.

  ‘Everybody loses’ Study finds nearly a third of teachers consider resigning, retiring early due to pandemic

A recent survey showed nearly one third of educators said the COVID-19 pandemic has made them more likely to retire early or leave the profession.

TONIGHT: Judi Gatson talks with legendary journalist Steve Crump as he donates footage to UofSC

In his more than 40 year career, Crump has covered some of the most pivotal events of the civil rights movement.

‘Fun, loving...genuine’: Aiken County school special education aide passes away

Ms. Janice Dawkins was a special education aide at Mossy Creek Elementary school.

  SC teacher with muscular dystrophy says returning to classroom without vaccine could be deadly

Lopez said she requested to teach virtually, but because this was denied she’s now on unpaid leave through the Family Medical Leave Act.

  SC teacher groups react to new CDC guidance on reopening schools

The report suggests vaccination of teachers is not a key prerequisite for reopening schools.

  Pine Ridge Middle School switches to virtual learning due to COVID-19 cases among students

During that time, there will not be any other student activities on school grounds.

  All SC school districts now have a vaccine provider as vaccine rollout potentially nears

It comes as lawmakers debate two resolutions that would move teachers to Group 1A.

  WBTV’s Steve Crump and wife Cathy donate works to UofSC’s libraries, center for civil rights history

The Center for Civil Rights History and Research and University of South Carolina Libraries have announced that Crump, along with his wife Cathy, will be donating their papers and films to the university, aptly named the Steve and Cathy Wilson Crump Collection.

  State lawmakers hope to combat SC’s teacher shortage

A December report states there are about 700 open jobs in school districts across the state.

  Teacher reacts to McMaster’s tweets on not allowing educators to ‘jump the line’ for vaccines

Educators who are actually still in the classroom say they’re just asking to work safely.

Lexington 2 looking to fill vacancies for substitute teachers

The district is searching for candidates who can follow and teach lesson plans and help students understand the subject matter in the teacher’s absence.

  McMaster honors Lowcountry principal with Order of Palmetto

Gov. Henry McMaster presented the state’s highest civilian honor to a North Charleston principal Monday morning.

Lexington 1 hiring part-time, full-time bus drivers

The district is looking for both part-time and full-time drivers.

‘Unethical, immoral, absolutely unacceptable:’ McMaster responds to SC teachers’ push for vaccine priority

McMaster’s statement Sunday comes following an outcry from teachers late last week.

School districts work to get teacher vaccine plans in place

On Thursday, McMaster said 37 school districts have a plan in place while 19 have only begun talks with local health care providers and 25 districts have no plan at all.

  McMaster, Spearman say SC teachers need to return face-to-face regardless of vaccines

Spearman also rescinded accelerateSC guidance that suggested school districts should not return face-to-face if community spread was high.

  Spearman aims to get teachers in school vaccinated, no standardized tests for students

The state superintendent noted that the state has spent about $100 million dollars on tools to improve safety for teachers, students and staff.

  Batesburg-Leesville Elementary to go fully remote starting Feb. 2

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2, all third, fourth and fifth graders currently learning face-to-face will switch to virtual learning.

Milton Kimpson, a trailblazer in SC education and politics, has died at age 90

After a stint in the U.S. Army and years as a teacher and principal, Milton Kimpson went on to serve in state government for 15 years.

SC for ED advocating for school staff to be prioritized in the state’s vaccine rollout plan

The teacher group hopes to accomplish this goal by taking a few steps.

  New data shows students can safely return to classrooms, teachers remain concerned

New data has education and health experts in South Carolina saying that kids are safe in school.

  Lexington 3 moves fifth-grade students, staff to remote learning due to COVID-19

The decision, according to the district, was made after several staff members were either required to quarantine due to close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus.

  McMaster challenges Biden Administrations ‘erroneous claims’ about safe re-opening of schools

Gov. Henry McMaster is taking on officials with President Joe Biden’s administration who he says are making incorrect claims about the possibility of safely bringing students back to the classroom.

  SAFER AT SCHOOL: Superintendent cites new CDC guidelines, pushes for return to classrooms

Spearman said when it comes to COVID-19, statistically speaking, students and staff are safer in school.

  Richland One returns to hybrid learning on February 1

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

  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.

R1 announces plans for June commencement ceremonies

The ceremonies will take place from June 10-15.

  Superintendent opposes standardized testing bill, holds hope feds will waive requirements

Some lawmakers are pushing for a bill that could require students to undergo summative federal standardized tests even if the state is granted a waiver from the federal government.

Lee Co. elementary school teacher dies

District officials said Ms. Darnell Laws died on Saturday, January 16.

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

Many Richland Two teachers, who did not want their name released, said they feel extremely nervous and uncomfortable returning to face-to-face instruction amidst the spike in COVID-19 cases in Richland County. They said it’s led to many teachers calling out sick today.

  Sumter School District extends virtual learning through February 1

District officials cite the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases as the reason for the decision.

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

The student has not been identified by university officials. However, UofSC did issue a statement regarding the investigation.

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

The district initially moved back to eLearning when students returned from Winter Break.

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

One year ago, an EF-2 tornado tore through North Central High, leaving destruction in its path and students without classrooms to learn.

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

Some teachers have also expressed concern for not having paid sick leave or time off if they get the virus or have to quarantine.

UofSC shares COVID-19 precautions as spring semester gets underway

Classes at the University of South Carolina begin this week.

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

This week, Governor Henry McMaster dedicated $5 million dollars from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief (GEER) Fund to the South Carolina First Steps 4K program to help change that.

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

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.

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

District officials said the decision was made in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 cases after Winter Break.

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

The South Carolina Department of Education deactivated an online form that allowed teachers, students and families to report instances where COVID-19 protocols were not followed in schools.

  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.