Berkeley Co. School District superintendent requesting school board push school start date to Sept. 8

Berkeley Co. School District superintendent requesting school board push school start date to Sept.

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Berkeley County School District superintendent is requesting that the school board push the school start date to Sept. 8.

On Tuesday, the district is expected to vote on shifting its start date.

Originally, the first day of school was scheduled for Aug. 17. However, on Monday evening, Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram said he wanted the board to consider Sept. 8 as the new start date.

District officials said the later start date will give them more time to make sure everything is prepared for the beginning of the school year.

“We want to make sure we have all the supplies we need to start school and also want to make sure the number of teacher accommodations and credentials match the number of students that have selected in person instruction [versus] the number that have selected distance instruction,” Ingram said.

On Tuesday, the school board will meet to discuss the new recommendation and vote on a 2020-2021 instructional calendar.

Earlier on Monday, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that she had approved the reopening plan for the district.

“Berkeley County School District is offering parents a traditional five day, face to face instruction option, a “blended distance” option that incorporates online learning platforms with live stream learning experiences, and a self-paced virtual option utilizing pre-made online courses such as those offered by VirtualSC,” said officials with the South Carolina Department of Education.

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