Superintendent: Charleston County schools ‘likely’ will not reopen on April 13

VIDEO: Superintendent: Charleston County schools ‘likely’ will not reopen on April 13

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait said during Monday’s board meeting that she’s expecting schools to stay closed longer than previously planned for.

“We’re expecting that on April 13, we will likely not be back at school,” Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait said. "We have to await official word from the governor and state superintendent that they will let us know by the end of the week what to expect.”

The announcement came during a conference call with board members as the district tried to limit the number of people inside their headquarters.

The county’s schools were expected to reopen on April 13, which is two weeks longer than Governor Henry McMaster’s order which has schools closed through March 31.

The meeting lasted two hours, and there was no public comment. The full meeting is set to be posted on the school district’s YouTube page.

“We have done full telephonic meetings in the past for special-called meetings,” Board Vice Chair Kate Darby said. “The School Boards Association recommended we do it this way for now.”

Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait also gave an update on the school district’s response to the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. She thanked teachers, students, and parents for their hard work and understanding during this unprecedented time.

The school district also launched a number of Wi-Fi enabled buses that have been parked throughout the district every day of the week to help students continue to have access to the internet. Those locations can be found here.

They’re also offering two free meals every weekday to all students in the district. The drive-thru, pick-up, and bus delivery locations can be found here.

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