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THE LIST: Some school districts temporarily go virtual amid COVID cases

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 11:37 AM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 5:25 PM EST
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Students at three Lowcountry area school districts will switch to virtual learning starting Thursday.

The changes come as COVID-19 cases continue to remain elevated and some districts face increasing absences among students or faculty.

Here is the latest list of districts that are switching to virtual instruction.

  • DORCHESTER DIST. 4: Dorchester County School District 4 announced Wednesday morning it will extend virtual learning. The district moved to virtual learning on Thursday. On Wednesday, the district announced they would extend virtual learning through Friday and students would return to in-person learning on Monday.
  • COLLETON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Colleton County School District says it will extend virtual learning through Friday. Students are now scheduled to return to the classroom for in-person learning on Monday, Jan. 24, according to a district spokesman. The district said it will comprehensively disinfect schools and buses while the district operates virtually.
  • ORANGEBURG COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT: The Orangeburg County School District announced Tuesday their schools would move to virtual learning because of student absences involving COVID-19. All students, teachers and staff will move to a 100% virtual learning model for Thursday and Friday. Following Monday’s MLK holiday, the district will return to in-person learning on Tuedsay, district officials said.

In addition, districts have announced that individual schools have switched to virtual learning. They are as follows.

DORCHESTER DISTRICT 2

  • Dorchester School District Two will transition DuBose Middle School and Oakbrook Middle School to temporary virtual learning from Jan. 18 through Jan. 24, according to district officials. “With the growing number of COVID-related situations in our schools and the community, Dorchester District Two school operations are increasingly being impacted,” the district said.
  • Beech Hill Elementary School. Officials with Dorchester District Two say Beech Hill Elementary will temporarily transition to virtual learning from Jan. 20 through Jan. 28. The school is scheduled to return in person Monday, Jan. 31.
  • Dorchester District Two says grade levels at several schools are now transitioning to temporary virtual learning amid a COVID surge. The district says 6th grade at Alston Middle School, Kindergarten and 3rd grade at Joseph Pye Elementary School and 4th grade at Spann Elementary School are transitioning to virtual learning. DD2 Spokesperson Jennifer Passmore says the virtual learning begins Friday and lasts through next Friday, Jan 28. The district is scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 31.
  • Dorchester School District Two says Knightsville Elementary School’s 5th Grade is set to transition to temporary virtual learning because of a COVID surge. DD2 spokesperson Jennifer Passmore says that starting Tuesday through Thursday, Feb. 3, the school will be learning virtually. Passmore says the students are scheduled to return to in-person instruction on Friday, Feb. 4.

GEORGETOWN COUNTY

  • Brown’s Ferry Elementary. Officials with the Georgetown County School District said they made the decision to place Brown’s Ferry Elementary in temporary virtual learning beginning Tuesday, January 11, 2022. “Students tentatively will return to in-person learning on Wednesday, January 19, 2022,” GCSD officials said. “District staff will reassess on January 18, 2022, to determine if an extension is needed.”
  • Georgetown Middle School will be transitioning to virtual learning citing COVID-19 cases. Officials with the Georgetown County School District announced on Wednesday that they made the decision to place Georgetown Middle School in temporary virtual learning beginning Thursday, January 13, 2022. According to the district, students tentatively will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 24, 2022.

Below you’ll find a list of schools that have transitioned to virtual learning because of staffing issues.

BERKELEY COUNTY

  • The Berkeley County School District has announced that four of its schools will be transitioning to virtual learning for one week because of staffing concerns. The district said beginning Friday, students at Cane Bay High, College Park Middle, Goose Creek Elementary, and Goose Creek High will learn from home and return to the in-person school setting on Jan. 24.

Check back for updates to this list.

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