Charleston Co. students may return to school one week earlier in August

VIDEO: Charleston Co. students may return to school one week earlier in August

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - More than a dozen Charleston County high schools now have set dates for in-person graduations, and the district superintendent announced K-8 students could be going back to school one week early.

The announcements came from Dr. Gerrita Postlewait on Tuesday during a school board meeting held over Zoom.

“Right now, children are expected to return to school the third week in August,” Postlewait said. “We believe that with the state’s assistance we’ll be returning, at least K-8, the second weekend of August. This means our teachers will show up the first week of August. All of that is preliminary pending funding."

She also announced the creation of a reactivation task force. Its members will include: an MUSC representative, a Department of Health representative, two principals, two teachers, two parents, district division leaders, a business representative, and two board members.

Their role is to develop health, safety, and security protocols, identify facility changes, determine transportation options, and estimate costs. They will then present a report to the school board on June 22.

Postlewait also shared that 15 high schools will have in-person graduation ceremonies with the earliest ones scheduled for June 12.

The face-to-face events will be outside with either a walk-up or a drive-up format for students to receive their diplomas with their families in attendance. A full list of those schools, dates, and times can be found here.

The full board meeting can be watched here.

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