DORCHESTER COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - All students at Dorchester School District 2 will be back in school full time by the end of February.
On Monday night, the school board approved the amended plan which would have a transitional period starting on Feb 2. with all schools back to face-to-face classes five days a week by Feb. 22.
“I think it’s a lot of relief,” said Phillip Hall, a parent. “I think it’s been what parents have been waiting to hear for a really long time. Our children have just been suffering the most out of everybody.”
The plan begins on Feb. 2 through Feb. 12 which has students continuing on the hybrid learning model as a transitionary period to face-to-face instruction.
“Students will follow the schedule utilized prior to the December winter break,” DD2 officials said. “Students with disabilities who attended a 5 full day a week schedule prior to winter break will continue in this model.”
Then on Feb. 15 elementary school students will be back in the classroom with face-to-face classes full time. Hybrid learning will continue for middle and high schoolers.
Finally on Feb. 22, students in middle and high school will be back to face-to-face learning on a full time basis.
“We’ve gotta get our kids in school,” DD2 Superintendent Joe Pye said during Monday’s meeting. “It’s going on almost a year since they’ve had that face-to-face instruction and we’ve just got to do it. Our schools we feel are as safe as we know to make it.”
According to the district, Virtual Academy students will follow their current online learning schedules.
“Schools will continue to maintain established safety protocols of face coverings and social distancing to protect the health of students and staff,” district officials said.