Some Lowcountry school districts to shift to virtual learning after holiday break

Updated: Dec. 18, 2020 at 4:33 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Two Lowcountry school districts plan to continue with their current in-person learning plans when school resumes on Jan. 4, but others announced changes.

Here is a breakdown of the districts and the plans they have confirmed:

District spokesperson Candace Bruder said Friday the district plans to resume face-to-face instruction five days a week on Jan. 4.

“We will continue to monitor the infection rates at each campus and will quarantine individual classes, grades, and schools as appropriate,” she said.

Berkeley County schools will return to virtual learning for the week of Jan. 4. Students who previously were receiving face-to-face instruction will return on Jan. 11.

Charleston County School District spokesman Andy Pruitt says CCSD is not making changes, meaning it will continue its current plan.

The Colleton County School District announced plans to move to all-virtual learning from Jan. 4 through Jan. 15.

Students of Dorchester County School District 2 schools will resume eLearning after the holiday break on Jan. 4, district officials confirmed Monday night. The eLearning model is expected to continue for at least two weeks.

Dorchester District 4 students will be in a hybrid learning model beginning Jan. 4. That hybrid model is expected to continue through Jan. 14.

Georgetown County Schools Georgetown will return from winter break in remote instruction for the week of Jan. 4, the district announced Friday on its Facebook page. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the district plans to resume hybrid instruction on Jan. 11. The district will conduct its last two days before the break, Monday and Tuesday of next week, in remote instruction as well.

Orangeburg County School District students will return from winter break on Jan. 5 in a 100% virtual learning model. The district’s website states they expect to move back to their hybrid model on Jan. 19.

All Williamsburg County Schools are switching temporarily to full virtual learning the first week back after winter break.

The plans call for a return to in-person instruction on Jan. 11.

But Gov. Henry McMaster says he’s not happy with the idea of schools coming back to a virtual platform.

He says more than $400 million in CARES Act funding has been given to schools to help them reopen. That number includes $84 million just announced three days ago.

“We know that the children need to be in class,” he said Thursday. “When you get older in high school and college the virtual courses work really well even for us out of formal education but for young children they need to be in schools with their teachers.”

McMaster is encouraging those schools considering or planning to go virtual to use the CARES Act funds to get resources to allow them to open up in-person.

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