Education

Clemson announces new grading policy for spring semester due to COVID-19

Richland Two offers Wi-Fi zones for students to complete e-learning assignments

  UofSC to issue student refunds after campus closure caused by coronavirus

  Money from coronavirus relief bill on its way to help S.C. schools during pandemic

S.C. Dept. of Education releases guidelines on grading, virtual learning and graduation

  S.C. Teacher of the Year stops by ‘WIS Today’ on ‘Thank a Teacher Tuesday’

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Midlands Tech donates supplies to aid medical community

Midlands school districts provide free meals to students during school closures

  UofSC engineers use 3D printers to create face shields for colleagues at MUSC

  ‘It’s been hard’: Parents get teachers’ support as they brace for another month of homeschooling kids

  S.C. State Superintendent answers questions about school closings, what’s ahead

  S.C. governor closes public K-12 schools through April 30

  Teachers adjust as school closures in S.C. extend through April

A few weeks ago, many teachers from across the state had plans to be in downtown Columbia Tuesday morning for SC for Ed's second teacher rally. Instead, those teachers were at home.

Moore steps down as president of Columbia College

After four years as president at Columbia College, Dr. Carol Moore has announced she will be stepping down from the position.

SC State University announces mandatory evacuation after increase in COVID-19 cases

South Carolina State University leaders have announced a mandatory evacuation of residence halls Sunday night. The deadline for students to move out is March 29 at 6 p.m. A post on the university’s Facebook page said three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orangeburg County have heightened the threat.

  Parents, how’s the homeschooling going? Need some help?

Parents, are you pulling your hair out yet trying to teach the kids from home? We thought so.

UofSC President Caslen pens letter following extension of campus closure, postponement of graduation

  S.C. governor asks colleges to complete semester online as 21 more COVID-19 cases reported

  Spring break in Key West: UofSC student says ‘it’s time to come home’

Winthrop University, Clinton College extend online instruction through rest of semester amid COVID-19 fears

  UofSC campuses to close through remainder of semester, virtual instruction to begin March 23

LIST: S.C. universities, colleges announce extension of Spring break, continuation of online courses

Benedict College offers emergency travel assistance to help students get home before temporary COVID-19 closing

Students attending Benedict College who needed help getting home are getting some assistance.

  Richland Two, Lexington One roll out remote learning program

School districts statewide have begun to implement the remote learning experience.

SCETV to broadcast curriculum-based programming for students during school closures

The South Carolina Department of Education has partnered with South Carolina ETV to broadcast curriculum-based programming for students ranging from pre-k through 12th grade.

  School districts roll out at-home learning plans

School officials across the Midlands have spent the last few days preparing lesson plans for online and at-home learning.

  Able SC releases program for students with disabilities amid outbreak

Able SC has released a new program that allows students with disabilities to connect with one another and learn practical life skills online.

  Kershaw Co. Schools provide meals to students, continue instruction with E-learning program

Kershaw County schools are working hard to make sure students are fed and able to continue learning during these two school closures due to COVID-19.

  S.C. governor issues updated State of Emergency order

There are now 13 cases of coronavirus in the state.

SC For Ed postpones ‘All Out’ rally due to coronavirus

SC For Ed is now postponing their rally scheduled for March 24.

S.C. education officials won’t enforce sex ed ban on same-sex relationships

A South Carolina judge says the state will not enforce law banning discussions of same-sex relationships in health education classes.

  Coronavirus test negative for person monitored at Clemson University, school official says

The school also said it's not making any changes to its spring break calendar.

  Another Greenville County school affected by coronavirus, district official says

Greenville County Schools confirmed Tuesday night that another school is affected by the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19.

  Clemson University may move all classes online due to coronavirus

Clemson University officials say they have asked university professors to prepare for moving all classes online due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

  Teen accused of threatening Newberry Schools on internet faces charges

Law enforcement said the 15-year-old threatened Newberry Schools on social media, where it was shared numerous times.

5 Richland One students, family members under self-quarantine for possible coronavirus exposure

No schools in the district are closed.

  Two members of the WIS 4 p.m. team go to ‘jail’ for a good cause

Sam Bleiweis and Madeline Cuddihy can now say they’ve been to jail.

S.C. State suspends university-sponsored international travel due to coronavirus indefinitely

With the threat of the coronavirus looming across the world, officials at South Carolina State have canceled all international university-sponsored travel for students, faculty, and staff until further notice.

SC for Ed plans another ‘All Out’ event at the State House, one day after Senate passes bill

Just a day after the South Carolina Senate passed an education bill, the grassroots group SC for Ed announced its plan to have another “All Out” event at the State House on March 24.

  Some concerned that North HS football players won’t get fair chance if program merges with H-K-T

Two rival high school football teams could be playing on the same side for the upcoming season. The Orangeburg Consolidated School District has requested that North and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler (HKT) High Schools combine their football programs.

S.C. Senate passes education reform plan, bill now on its way to the House

Three Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.

  Senators approve second reading of education reform bill, teacher groups chime in

After weeks of debate and hundreds of amendments, Senators voted 41-4 to approve an education bill (S.419) Wednesday afternoon.

  Debate begins in S.C. over allowing transgender youth to compete in girls’ sports

The Save Women’s Sports Act would essentially not allow transgender girls and women to compete in sports at the high school or collegiate level.

The Citadel’s first African American barber recalls his journey at South Carolina’s military college

Thad Miller got the job, but was told he could only maintain the hair of the black cadets at The Citadel.

  Sheriff urges parents to search kids after 5 students found with weapons at schools in just 2 days

Four of the incidents happened at Richland School District Two schools.

  2 Dutch Fork seniors named top national scholars; National Science competition delayed due to coronavirus

Lauren Chen and Caitlin Kuncher are finalists in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Being a finalist landed each of them $25,000.

Company donates $15,000 to help rebuild North Central High after tornado

North Central High School recently received a $15,000 donation to help rebuild facilities on their campus after a tornado damaged the school.

  School districts, UofSC preparing in case coronavirus spreads to S.C.

DHEC says it does have the capability to test for the coronavirus, if possible cases show up in the state.

  Columbia College students, alumnae share concerns about admitting men in 2021

Many said they are upset that they weren’t included in this decision-making process.

UofSC hires Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Vice President

The University of South Carolina announced it has hired its first vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  SC State campus safety director: New app turns smartphone into personal safety device

South Carolina State University is now offering a new measure of security. Students and faculty can turn their smartphones into a safety device by simply downloading an app.

Several Midlands school districts announce delayed schedule Friday due to weather

While the Midlands should not see any snow accumulation, lowering temperatures overnight and wet roads could cause a problem with black ice.

North Central High School raising money for library books, account set up for donations

North Central High School is asking for help from the community to help raise money for its library after it was destroyed in last month’s tornado.

  Richland Library celebrates Black History Month with enriching free programming

Some of the films that will be shown include Black Panther, Emanuel and The Making of A Black President.

Lincoln Charter grad mourns the loss of twin sister who died in S.C. crash

Nearly a week after two USC Union softball players died in a car crash, their teammate who was also in the car is opening up about what happened.

Woodland High cancels rest of girls’ JV schedule after fight during basketball game

Woodland High School officials have cancelled the remaining schedule for its girls junior varsity team after a fight during a game.

  Education majors in SC could get more money for their lottery scholarships if education overhaul bill is signed into law

After she graduates, Sarah Campbell wants to be a middle school English teacher.

  Officials announce new tool to help families find best preschool options for children

Families will now be able to access data from several agencies in one search as they look for preschool options for their children.

  52nd commemoration of Orangeburg Massacre: Newly bronzed sculptures of victims unveiled

South Carolina State University has unveiled newly bronzed sculptures of three students killed during a peaceful protest on campus 52 years ago. This year’s commemoration of the Orangeburg Massacre was held inside the Martin Luther King Junior Auditorium on the SC State Campus, the morning of Feb 8.

Few school districts across SC report power outages and closings

A few school districts across South Carolina are closed following severe weather that swept through the area Thursday.

Clarendon 1 joins list of school districts on delays Friday morning

Clarenedon County School District 1 will be operating on a two hour delay Feb. 7.

School districts across the state issue early dismissals due to severe weather

More South Carolina school districts are dismissing early due to severe weather expected in the state Thursday.

Several SC school districts cancel after-school activities Thursday due to impending inclement weather

With the forecast calling for severe weather on Thursday, school officials canceled all after-school activities.

Aiken Co. schools to operate on early dismissal schedule due to inclement weather

Aiken County Public School District will be operating on an early dismissal schedule due to severe thunderstorms and high winds expected to reach the area on Feb. 6. Schools will also be dismissed two hours early.

  Dutch Fork High School student accused of trying to sexually assault peer

The assault happened during school hours, deputies said.

Palmetto Pre-K rolls out, helps S.C. parents find pre-kindergarten programs

South Carolina rolled out a new program Wednesday. Palmetto Pre-K will help parents find pre-kindergarten programs for their students. Those programs may be subsidized depending on the need.

  Historic South Carolina women’s college will soon admit men

Students and alumnae of Columbia Women's college are reacting to the news that the college will start welcoming men as early as next year.

  House Speaker shares his education reform plans for House in 2020

It's been 11 months since the House passed their a bill some say will overhaul or reform education in the state.

Chester Co. voters to decide Tuesday on $116 million school bond two years after failed vote

Just two years after voters in Chester County narrowly struck down a $38 million bond referendum to improve county schools and build a new career center, they’ll head back to the polls Tuesday to decide on the school board’s latest proposed bond referendum.

  Richland County elementary school students show off skills during Lego robotics celebration

Students at Sandlapper Elementary have been working since Thanksgiving at becoming young roboticists.

  Thousands of S.C. teachers left their positions last school year

Communities are growing , more schools are being added and that increases the need for more teachers. But it's a career notorious for low paying jobs.

  ‘Thank God for Mississippi’: S.C. lawmakers invite Miss. education chief to talk about early education reform

On Thursday, South Carolina Speaker of the House Jay Lucas (R-Darlington) invited Dr. Carey Wright, the State Superintendent of Education from Mississippi to speak with lawmakers.

  S.C. student battling sickle cell disease gets surprise Super Bowl trip of a lifetime

Students at Crayton Middle School gathered for an assembly Thursday for the big reveal.

  Lawsuit alleges Richland Co. teacher kissed, inappropriately held middle school student

A family claims a teacher at Dutch Fork Middle School kissed their child several times in 2019.

Chapin Intermediate School student to appear on Food Network baking competition

A Chapin Intermediate School student took her talents to the Food Network to pursue her passion for baking.

Outside review recommends changes to UofSC’s Board of Trustees

The review was requested from the Association of Governance Boards after a lawsuit was brought by one trustee against the board regarding their search for a new president.

  Students and community activists respond to racist post, UofSC officials won’t comment further

Although university officials would not comment further on Thursday, students and a community activist told WIS it’s critical that university officials don’t sweep this under the rug.

  Panel of S.C. senators take up bill that would create education savings accounts

One day after Senate Democrats promised to fight any school voucher programs in South Carolina “to the end”, a panel of Senators took up the Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship Account Act (S.556).

Award-winning actress to perform at Allen University’s UNCF Gala

Dr. Tommie “Tonea” Stewart will perform on Jan. 31 at Allen University’s 15th Annual UNCF “A Mind Is…” Scholarship Gala & Richard Allen Awards ceremony.

  Four Midlands schools named finalists for Palmetto’s Finest awards

There are seven South Carolina schools that have been named finalists for the Palmetto’s Finest awards.