COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Colleton County School Board has voted to begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually.
That was one of the recommendations made by their re-entry tasks force and was approved by the school board unanimously Tuesday evening.
Currently, school is set to begin on Aug. 17, but school board members said they are considering postponing until Sept. 8.
That will be voted on at their next meeting.
The ColletonED Reopening Taskforce made the request that the board consider the following options during the meeting:
- The taskforce recommended that the start of school be delayed until September 8 due to the high rate of spread of COVID-19 in Colleton County. A draft calendar was presented to board members for their approval during the July 21 regular board meeting.
- Following feedback from Colleton County School District stakeholders and due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the Lowcountry region, the taskforce recommended that CCSD use an all virtual learning model when school reopens. The district is exploring options for families without reliable internet access, and we will provide a channel for these families to participate in our distance learning initiative.
- As the rate of COVID-19 spread lessens, the taskforce recommends that the district shift to a “blended learning” model (a mixture of virtual and in-person learning). Once it is deemed safe, the district will then gradually phase into face-to-face learning in our schools. The district will use all possible measures to keep our schools clean and safe for students, staff and parents.
- The taskforce recommended that the district create a virtual academy for parents who want their children to learn virtually for the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year. Additional information on this virtual academy option will be released at a later date.
- The taskforce recommended bus meal deliveries continue.
“The taskforce stressed that these plans for school reopening are flexible, and subject to change based on additional guidance from the South Carolina Department of Education and any increase/reduction of community spread of COVID-19,” Colleton County School Board officials said.