Georgetown, Dorchester District 2 schools plan return to face-to-face instruction

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Updated: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:12 PM EST
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Two Lowcountry school districts are making plans for in-person instruction in the coming weeks.

The Georgetown County School District posted on its Facebook page that all of its schools would return to a hybrid model on Jan. 25. Middle and high schools will remain in the hybrid model until further notice.

But, one week later, on Feb. 1, students in elementary and intermediate schools will switch to Hybrid Plus, meaning students will attend class in-person four days a week instead of the current two.

“A day students and B day students will now attend school together on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays,” the post states. “Wednesdays will continue to be asynchronous learning days where students will complete their assignments online.”

The post acknowledges the change will increase the number of students in each classroom.

“We have completed the installation of the updated plexiglass barriers in our classrooms,” the post states. “According to DHEC, with these new barriers, we will be able to safely seat students as close as 3 feet apart.  We will still try to space desks 6 feet apart to the extent possible.”

Georgetown County School District officials say students who signed up for our all virtual program will continue to follow the same model that they have since the beginning of the year.

Meanwhile, Dorchester County School District 2 says it intends to bring students back to the classroom for in-person instruction, but no date has been set.

The district says it anticipates it will happen some time between Feb. 2 and the end of the school year.

The district says students will have the opportunity to request mid-year placement into the District Virtual Academy depending on how much space is available.

Students will also be able to withdraw from the Virtual Academy and transition to the face-to-face model instead.

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