School Reopening Plans

Richland One extends deadline to submit online meal surveys

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

70 school districts to receive $10 million in PPE, SC governor says

Officials with the governor’s office said 70 of the state’s 81 schools requested funding for PPE.

  Teacher school supply ‘wish list’ as many prepare for both digital and in-person classrooms

Some groups are asking teachers to create a wish list so that they know exactly what to get based on the real needs of local educators.

  Richland Two teacher demonstrates what virtual lessons will look like

During the meeting, a Richland Two teacher gave a demonstration of what a virtual lesson plan would look like, and how it would engage students remotely. D

FULL LIST: School reopening plans for Midlands districts

As of Aug. 10, all of these plans have been approved by the Department of Education.

Department of Education offers free virtual instruction training to S.C. teachers, principals

The South Carolina Department of Education has added an extra tool to help teachers and principals prepare for virtual instruction.

  LR5 outlines mask wearing policies, safety procedures for returning to hybrid schedule in September

The plan was approved by the Department of Education on July 30th.

  Some Richland One teachers have questions about school’s reopening plans

Some teachers say they’re worried they’ll have to transition to in-person teaching before coronavirus case numbers decrease.

State superintendent approves 14 additional school district reopening plans

According to the Department of Education, 81 reopening plans have now been approved.

SC governor asks health agency to track COVID-19 cases in schools

McMaster wants DHEC to report those numbers to the public daily.

MUSC infectious disease expert leads talk on children returning to school

MUSC Children’s Health hosted a webinar Friday morning to answer some parents’ biggest questions about COVID-19 and sending children back to school during the pandemic.

  SC school buses will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers

School districts will be using electrostatic sprayers twice a day to disinfect each school bus. Some school districts already have their own.

  SC for Ed data shows districts still looking for over 1,000 teachers before school year

Education leaders said that many teachers are retiring or quitting, but there aren’t enough replacements to meet the demand, leaving some districts may be faced with more shortages than ever before.

  S.C. representative says resuming face-to-face learning during high COVID-19 spread is ‘irresponsible'

Wendy Brawley has her concerns about students heading back to the classroom this fall.

  Community effort needed to keep Lexington One school doors open

Lexington One plans to open its school doors to students on August 31.

  SC school districts work to finalize meal programs

Every student in Richland One qualifies for free meals through the Community Eligibility Provision program.

  Fight over private school grants could be heading to the SC Supreme Court

On Tuesday, opponents of the SAFE grants filed a petition to take the case directly to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

  Gilbert Elementary prepares to reopen with new learning environment amidst pandemic

Tending to students and staff needs remains a top priority as Gilbert Elementary transitions back to school amid a pandemic.

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.

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.

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.