School Reopening Plans

  Enrollment in state’s online program increased 400% this fall

The Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA) and the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) said this jump in enrollment shows students and parents are interested in virtual learning.

Sumter High JV football team quarantines after possible COVID-19 exposure

The Sumter High School JV football team has been placed under quarantine.

  Clarendon community says they were left out of historic school renaming

Hundreds of community members in Clarendon School District One have signed a petition asking the board of trustees to reverse a recent school name change.

  Richland Two officials delay start of Phase Two in reopening plan

The original start date for Phase 2 of the district’s reopening plan was Oct. 26.

  Lexington One school district joins legal fight against Juul

School leaders in the district say we’re currently seeing a vaping epidemic, and that they’ve been working with multiple agencies over the last couple of years to provide community members with information about the dangers of teen vaping.

  Richland Two teachers frustrated, worried returning to class to teach in person and virtually

Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said the district originally planned to begin phase two on October 26 but moved it back to November 4 because of DHEC’s COVID numbers.

  SC superintendent announces purchase of PPE, supplies for public school districts

Superintendent Spearman also noted she’s been in touch with DHEC and the governor’s office, and as soon as COVID-19 rapid tests arrive in South Carolina, she says some will be sent to schools.

Orangeburg Co. School District implements new hybrid model schedule for students

In this new schedule, students will come to school either Monday/Tuesday on an AA schedule or Wednesday/Thursday on a BB schedule. Friday will be fully virtual for all students.

Richland Two to hold Facebook Live event to discuss Phase 2 of reopening plan

Richland Two has projected it will move to Phase 2 of its reopening plan on October 26.

  Lexington-Richland 5 announces plan for students to return 4 days a week

The new model gives a five-phase reopening timeline, with phase two beginning next Monday.

Colony Apartment community to receive free Wi-Fi following generous donation from Charlamagne Tha God

The first installation will support the residents of the Colony and North Pointe Apartments.

  Richland Co. students receive school therapy services for the first time in 7 months

District leaders say it’s the first step towards getting children in front of educators in-person.

  Parents offer mixed reactions as Lexington One moves to next phase of reopening plan

The new plan, announced last night, will only bring back kindergarteners through second graders four days a week beginning on October 5.

  SC for Ed: 27% of teachers plan to leave profession

While the SC Senate passed a budget, last week, including pay increases for teachers, that budget proposal won’t make it to the House floor before the ongoing two-week special session comes to an end, this week.

  Midlands teacher recognized on ‘Today’ show for her impact on students while navigating through COVID pandemic

Lekena Ackerman is a Social Studies teacher at Southeast Middle School in Hopkins, SC.

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

Some members in House leadership have said they would like to hold off on passing a budget until January.

UofSC reports significant 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 2,220.

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

It’s something one Richland 2 parent said makes her even more confident that virtual is the way to go.

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

Many parents worried that their students aren’t getting the instruction they need.

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

School District Five began the new school year Tuesday, Sept. 8, offering all virtual learning or a hybrid model with two days of in-person instruction.

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

The Federal Individuals with Disabilities Act requires schools to ensure special needs students have access to a free and appropriate public education.

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.

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

District officials said about half of their students chose in-person learning while the other half are beginning the year virtually.

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

As of Tuesday, Sept. 9, there are a total of 654 active cases of COVID-19 at UofSC, according to the school’s dashboard.

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

Originally, the district had announced plans to offer five days of face-to-face instruction in addition to an all virtual model.

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

With fall classes underway, universities now know what their enrollment looks like.

  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.

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.

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

The first day of school was anything but 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.

  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.

  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.