Charleston Co. schools could welcome back all students in-person by Sept. 21

VIDEO: Charleston Co. schools could welcome back all students in-person by Sept. 21

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - All Charleston County students interested in returning to in-person classes could be back as early as Sept. 21, Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait said Wednesday.

“We think that every child whose parent at this point indicated they want their child back in person would be able to send their child back on Sept. 21,” Postlewait said. “That’s certainly what we’re hoping for. We can’t guarantee it, because that’s dependent on the incidence rates.”

The announcement came during a live question and answer session between district officials and parents, and it comes as the district prepares to reopen its classrooms on Sept. 8 to about 25-percent of its students.

If more students want to return than a school can safely allow, principals will use objective criteria and a lottery system to decide who can return and who will start the year virtually, Chief Academic Officer Karolyn Belcher said.

Parents should know their child’s schedule by Friday. The only exception is Wando High School. Those families can expect to get that information on Monday.

For those returning in person, there will be strict mask rules in place. They must be worn at all times and cover a child’s nose, mouth, and chin. But, not all masks will be allowed.

“What is not acceptable at our schools and offices are neck scarves, bandannas, gaitors, and masks with exhalation valves or vents,” General Counsel Natalie Ham said. “Those are not acceptable pursuant to DHEC and MUSC guidelines.”

The full session can be watched on the district’s YouTube page.

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