School Reopening Plans

Richland Two extends survey deadline for instruction model selection

The district’s Learning Model Selection Form is now due from parents on August 2.

  Richland One reopening plan approved among 35 others; state requires everyone wear masks in public schools

Richland One’s approval comes with a caveat.

FULL LIST: School reopening plans for Midlands districts

Many of these plans still have to be approved by the Department of Education.

SC for ED calls mandate to include in-person option in reopening plans ‘a purely political move’

According to the statement, Spearman sent out a memo to school districts on July 17 requiring school reopening plans to include an in-person option for all students to receive instruction at schools.

  South Carolina is testing out a new way to get lessons to students without internet access

Datacasting uses SCETV’s signal. If you receive their channel via an antenna, you can receive this content, officials said.

  Richland One teachers hold ‘Motor March’ to encourage the district to stick firmly to virtual plan

These teachers are hopeful the State Department of Education will approve Richland One’s three-phase reopening approach, but they’re worried they could be forced back inside the classroom before they believe it’s safe.

Richland One asks parents to fill out meal survey for upcoming school year

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

25 more school district reopening plans approved by Dept. of Education

Nine of those are districts in the Midlands.

  S.C. receives $15M Rethink K-12 Education grant

South Carolina has received over $15 million in funding for the Rethink K-12 Education Models Grant, state education leaders announced.

  Sumter School District recovers from fiscal emergency, ready to begin school year virtually

For now, the district is sticking with plans to begin the school year virtually, despite guidance from the governor and, more recently, the state superintendent of education to offer a face-to-face option.

  Hearing held regarding funds set to be allocated from emergency fund for private school tuition

A lawsuit filed in Orangeburg County requesting the temporary restraining order against the grant claims the state constitution says public funds cannot be given to religious or other private educational institutions.

  Parents weigh options as school year draws closer

Learning options are different for different districts, but Midlands parents are being offered choices: virtual, hybrid, or in-person.

Richland 2 votes to approve Aug. 31 start date for students

The decision comes after board members voted to approve a revised calendar during a meeting on Tuesday.

  Money for SAFE grants could remain frozen after Wednesday hearing

The grants are meant to help pay for private school tuition for low-income students, but the funds hang in limbo right now after the judge signed a temporary restraining order on the money last week.

  SC school districts starting the school year virtually could be required to offer in-person option

Each school plans to move to in-person learning over time, but that letter from the Department of Education states that in-person, even a hybrid or blended model, must be an option in order to be approved.

Midlands Tech to offer 4 options for students to take courses in the fall

Midlands Tech will provide traditional on-campus instruction, online classes, virtual courses, and hybrid classes.

Horry County, Florence School District 2 among 8 school districts yet to submit reopening plans

Eight out of 85 school districts in South Carolina have not submitted a finalized reopening plan as of Tuesday, according to an updated list from the state Department of Education.

  ‘Motor March’: SC For Ed host protest to continue virtual learning amidst COVID-19 outbreak

“We shouldn’t have to put our lives on the line to be teachers,” said Nozsa Tinsley, a teacher at Center Inquiry School. “We love what we do. But, we also love our families, and we want to go home to them.”

State superintendent approves Saluda County Schools’ reopening plan among 5 other districts

Spearman outlined the four criteria districts must meet to have their plans approved.

  LR5 community members divided on district’s plan to reopen for the fall

Some parents are asking for a full return to in-person classes five days a week, while others say it’s just not safe enough right now.

Richland One extends summer meal program due to school start date change

Officials have decided to continue the program after the district’s start date for the 2020-21 academic year was moved back to August 31.

SC State to reopen virtually in the fall

The university will begin classes in the fall semester remotely starting August 10.

  Districts prepare quarantine, contact tracing procedures to reopen schools

A few districts, such as Richland Two and Lexington One, said that every positive case creates a domino effect in schools because every student who tests positive will have to quarantine for at least 10 days.

  State superintendent says DOE plans on approving school district reopening plans soon

As of Wednesday morning, they have not approved any school district plans.

UofSC to mandate COVID-19 testing for students living in dorms

Prior to arriving on campus, students must upload proof of their COVID-19 testing results to the Student Health Center’s My Health Space portal.

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until Sept. 21.

Richland One Board announces e-learning for Phase 1 of reopening

The reopening plan gives two options. One option is a phase-in model in which there are three phases for high risk, medium risk, and low risk. The second option is an R1 Virtual School Model for the entire year.

  Richland Two to begin school year virtually, parents and teachers applaud

When students and teachers return to the classroom in Phase 2 and 3, the board will be implementing various safety precautions.

  Newberry Co. announces school reopening plans, some teachers push for virtual start

Parents will have the choice between a hybrid model or virtual instruction.

SC for Ed encourages school districts to go #VirtualUntilSafe through ‘Motor Marches’

SC for Ed will gather outside of two Midlands school district offices Tuesday as many districts continue finalizing reopening plans for this fall.

  SAFE grants receive mixed reaction from parents, teachers, administrators

Safe Access to Flexible Education GranGovernor McMaster said he plans to use up to $32 million of the Emergency Education Relief Fund, also known as GEER, for the new program.ts

  Midlands school districts are not asking parents to sign waivers before sending students to school

The legality of a wavier like this is dubious, according to lawyers for two school districts.

  Gov. McMaster opts to use most of his education relief funds to help families pay for private school tuition

The Governor announced the program at Hampton Park Christian School in Greenville with other lawmakers, families, and school staff.

Education advocacy groups, state lawmakers oppose use of GEER funds for private school scholarships

The Palmetto State Teachers Association and SC for ED were among the groups who issued statements on Monday sharing their disapproval of how the funds will be used.

LR5 announces in-person, virtual instruction options for students for upcoming year

The district has provided an in-person instruction option or a virtual instruction option for families to choose from to begin the 2020-21 school year.

Lexington Two to offer hybrid instruction, virtual academy for students for 2020-21 school year

Officials said the hybrid/blended plan also pairs with the Lexington Two Virtual Academy program, which is a full-time learning plan for 5K-12 students.

  School districts face deadline for fall plans with some saying they need more time

A Department of Education spokesperson said that 35 school districts requested extensions for submitting their plans.

  Kershaw County schools will let parents choose face-to-face or eCampus option

The district is prepared to make home visits to account for students.

  Fairfield County unveils unique approach to reopen schools

Fairfield County Superintendent Dr. J.R. Green understands the importance and value of face-to-face learning. Figuring out how to do so safely amid a pandemic is challenging.

  Richland Two expects to begin school virtually, adjust as coronavirus cases come down

The plan isn’t final just yet, but officials are getting prepared.

Sumter School District approves virtual start date for 2020-2021 academic school year

On July 6, Sumter School District held a virtual Board of Trustees meeting where they approved August 17 of this year as the start date for the 2020-2021 academic school year.