Dorchester District 2 shifting to hybrid learning following DHEC report showing COVID-19 decline

Dorchester District 2 shifting to hybrid learning following DHEC report showing COVID-19 decline
Dorchester District 2 schools will be shifting to hybrid learning after a recent state health report showed that there has been a consistent decline in COVID-19 rates in the county. (Source: Live 5 News)

DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester District 2 schools will be shifting to hybrid learning after a recent state health report showed that there has been a consistent decline in COVID-19 rates in the county.

According to district officials, schools will transition to the school-based hybrid instructional model beginning Monday, Sept. 21.

The district cited a COVID-19 report by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control which was released on Monday that indicated a decline in the county’s incidence rate, as well as trend and percent positive rates.

“For the last two weeks, Dorchester County has been classified as having ‘medium recent disease activity’ based on an average of these three metrics,” DD2 officials said. “Therefore, following the Dorchester School District Two disease monitoring plan shared with staff and families in August, the district has made the decision to transition to the school-based hybrid instructional model beginning Monday, September 21st.”

The district said officials will continue to monitor the level of disease activity in the county for any shifts that occur that would require changes in the learning models in order to protect students, staff and the community.

Officials said that any shift in the learning-based model does not affect students who are enrolled in the Virtual Academy.

“Virtual Academy students will continue to follow their online learning schedules,” district officials said.

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