Education

  Form to opt out of in-person instruction causes concerns in Colleton County

The on-site instruction opt-out request form gives parents the opportunity to stay in a virtual model all year. District officials say the intent was to show parents the responsibilities that come with choosing that option.

  State superintendent says Berkeley Co. School District mask non-compliance may affect CARES Act eligibility

JV football team, band at two Beaufort Co. schools will quarantine after potential COVID-19 exposure

  ‘Give us a choice:’ Dorchester District 2 parents protest for in-person instruction

  Charleston Co. School Board approves $500 teacher bonuses

Virtual learning physical health impacts on children

  Hundreds sign petition to reopen Dorchester Co. schools full time

Continued Coverage

5th grade student wins $1,000 for national research award

4th grade virtual learner gets suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom

  CCSD board to look at $500 teacher bonuses, $250 for school-based staff

  Dorchester District 2 to continue hybrid model for 2 more weeks

  Dorchester District 2 food service provider changing menu after school lunch concerns

  S.C. teachers ‘step out’ during statewide protest over budget

  Charleston County School Board members calling for teacher hazard pay

Multiple Charleston County School District leaders say they want to look at providing hazard pay for teachers and essential workers who are currently working in-person.

  Shirtless student hacks into Colleton County virtual class

Colleton County mother is pushing for better security measures after her son’s virtual class was hacked by another student Monday.

Hazard pay for state workers, teacher pay increases on hold until 2021

The budget will not be taken up on the House floor during the special session.

S.C. teachers group calls for use of personal day Wednesday for protest

The group SC for ED encouraged teachers across the state to take a personal day Wednesday to take part in a virtual protest over Facebook.

  Dorchester District 2 investigating parent concerns over school lunches

  CCSD welcomes back thousands of students in-person

  Thousands of Dorchester County students return in person

  Students in some districts return to the classroom Monday

  Georgetown County schools transitioning to hybrid plan

Education advocacy group releases survey results on district’s response to COVID-19

  Berkeley Co. schools and SC Dept. of Education fight over mask mandates

Who has the right to decide if students in Berkeley County have to wear face masks in schools? It is something Berkeley County School District leaders and the head of the South Carolina Department of Education continue to fight over.

  Charleston County Schools launching its own ‘learning pods’ in October

The Charleston County School District created a way to allow students learning virtually to have a place to get work done and still have social interaction.

Dorchester District 4 calls slavery question in homework assignment ‘inappropriate’

Dorchester County School District 4 officials responded Friday to concerns about a question on slavery in students' homework that prompted complaints from parents.

  School districts ramp up mental health care as pandemic shifts daily schedules

From small to large school districts, counselors and social workers around the Lowcountry say they are increasing mental health care for students to get ahead of potential stresses caused by the pandemic this year.

Beaufort County Schools receive $30,000 donation from Parker’s Convenience Store

Parker’s recently made a large donation to Beaufort County Schools as part of the company’s Fueling the Community program.

DHEC reports 532 COVID-19 cases associated with South Carolina schools

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control said on Friday afternoon there are currently 532 COVID-19 cases associated with staff and students in schools in South Carolina.

  A local look at college COVID-19 reporting

College and universities depend on COVID-19 data to shape policies and procedures for campus operations, but not all South Carolina schools are reporting COVID cases the same way.

  State threatens to pull access to state-owned buses for Berkeley County School District

The South Carolina Department of Education, citing a lack of enforcement of face covering requirements, is threatening to pull access to state-owned buses from the Berkeley County School District.

  S.C. superintendent encourages school districts to return to face-to-face learning for some students

South Carolina’s state superintendent is encouraging schools to offer a return to face-to-face learning for students who need it the most.

  James Island parents upset about removal of bus stop

Several James Island parents are concerned with a decision to remove a school bus stop from their neighborhood.

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

School is in full swing and districts are spending millions of dollars making sure students and staff are safe during the pandemic.

  DHEC reports 414 COVID-19 cases associated with South Carolina schools

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control say there are currently 414 COVID-19 cases associated with staff and students in schools in South Carolina.

Report ranks 2 Charleston colleges high in top 10 list

U.S. News & World Report released rankings for 2021, placing two Charleston area colleges towards the top of their list of best South regional universities.

  Dorchester District 2 sticks with plan to start hybrid model next week

Dorchester District 2 is moving forward with its hybrid model starting Sept. 21 despite discussions of an earlier start to traditional learning.

  Charleston Co. students could be relocated as more return in person

Charleston County Schools Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait is set to update board members, parents, and students Monday on how the first week of school went.

Report ranks Coastal Carolina University as one of the ‘Best Value Schools’ in the south

Coastal Carolina University is becoming a familiar name on one college ranking report.

  College of Charleston begins in-person classes Monday

After about three weeks of online instruction, some students at the College of Charleston will be back in the classroom Monday.

Free backpacks, school supplies and food for distribution, Moncks Corner

The Southeastern SC Chapter of the National Action Network says they will be handing out school supplies and food in an effort to help communities impacted by COVID-19.

  Parent upset as daughter’s hybrid plan includes going to school for virtual learning

The new school year is well underway with students in physical classrooms, others online, and the rest are somewhere in between. Districts have been hard-pressed to develop the best model and address any problems that popup along the way.

  School nurses may be tasked with COVID-19 testing; superintendent wants to provide hazard pay

The state superintendent of education has pushed for hazard pay for school nurses, but lawmakers on the House Ways and Means Committee moved forward with a proposed budget plan Friday that did not include this extra money for healthcare workers.

DHEC reports 296 COVID-19 cases associated with South Carolina schools

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control say there are currently 296 COVID-19 cases associated with staff and students in schools in South Carolina.

South Carolina colleges COVID-19 information

Colleges throughout South Carolina are providing information to staff, students, and parents on steps institutions are taking to protect themselves against COVID-19.

  Gov. McMaster concerned large amount of SC school districts not providing 5-day in-class option

Gov. Henry McMaster said he was concerned that a large amount of schools in South Carolina are not providing a 5-day in-person option to parents, saying that if he had the the power to do so he would have issued an executive order.

  Students experience bus delays as bus drivers adjust to new routes

Some Berkeley County parents are frustrated with school bus delays. They claim some buses are picking up students up after school has already started.

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

The CDC reported what it calls a “troubling” drop in routine vaccinations for kids during the COVID-19 pandemic.The agency said while families followed public health warnings about staying home during the pandemic, “an unfortunate result was many missed routine vaccinations.”

  Charleston Co. Schools double hotline staff as parents face long wait times

The Charleston County Schools' IT hotline has received more than 2,000 calls in the first three days of school, and they’ve been able to answer around 1,000 of them.

  Dorchester District 4 adds new virtual partnership for STEM students

Starting this year for the first time, high school students in Dorchester District 4 can work toward high school and college credits virtually through a partnership with the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.

Cyber incidents at Lucy Beckham High School interrupt classes

The Charleston County School District compared a pair of “uninvited indivuals” who interrupted online classes at Lucy Beckham High School.

  Senate to consider teacher raises in state budget

South Carolina teachers could see a small pay raise if the 2020-2021 budget is approved. The state senate will be considering the spending plan next week.

  North Charleston mother misses work, calls virtual learning an ‘epic fail’

Tens of thousands of Charleston County students logged on for their first day of school Tuesday, but for some, technology problems prevented them from being able to join their classes.

  Families navigate in-person, online instruction for special education students

In the first week of school, families and educators are navigating ways to help special needs students in various learning models.

  EEOC says districts don’t have to accommodate teachers worried about COVID-19 as some resign

Some teachers have resigned from their jobs and risk losing their certifications to teach in the future because of their discomfort with possibly returning to their classrooms to teach students face to face.

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.

  McMaster: S.C. to invest $1.3 million for datacasting to students

Gov. Henry McMaster said South Carolina will invest $1.3 million to expand SCETV’s abilities to broadcast data and information over television signals.

  Library working improve students’ internet access in rural areas

The Charleston County Public Library is lending mobile technology to help students in rural parts of the county get internet access.

  Mount Pleasant leaders working to showcase Lowcountry artists

The town of Mount Pleasant wants to share its culture through artwork around the town.

DHEC reports 233 COVID-19 cases associated with South Carolina schools

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control say there are currently 233 COVID-19 cases associated with staff and students in schools in South Carolina.

  Thousands of Charleston County students return in person for first day of school

About 12,000 students returned for in-person classes Tuesday as Charleston County schools reopened for their first day.For many, it was their first time returning to their buildings since the state closed schools in March.

Georgetown Co. School District shifting to hybrid learning following DHEC report

The Georgetown County School District is shifting to hybrid learning in the coming weeks after district officials received DHEC’s report on disease activity.

  Charleston Southern University requires daily health screenings through app

Charleston Southern University has 17 confirmed positive coronavirus cases as of Tuesday. That includes 14 students and 3 employees.CSU resumed In-person classes about three weeks ago and students also have the option to take classes virtually.

  New Charleston County schools open despite pandemic

Classes begin Tuesday for Students in the Charleston County School District and some of them will experience their first day of learning from new schools and facilities.

  Berkeley County schools start year with blended model, new safety guidelines

The Berkeley County School District launches the new school year Tuesday with students having the option of learning from home every day or in person every day.

  Dorchester District 2 launches school year, programs to help students adjust

Even Dorchester County School District 2 families with their own computers must pick up district-issued electronics for the new school year.

  Some Lowcountry school districts to provide free meals through end of 2020

School districts across the state will offer free meals for students through Dec. 31, even for students who will only be learning from home this year.

As school year begins, Dorchester District 2 schools looking to fill teacher jobs

Dorchester County School District 2 is continuing efforts to fill several teaching positions, even as virtual classes begin Tuesday.

  Back-to-school guide: Charleston County to reopen Tuesday

Charleston County schools are reopening for in-person classes Tuesday to about 12,000 students, 25-percent of the district’s enrollment.

  Some teachers may have to return to school despite virtual option preference

The Charleston County School Board approved a final plan Friday to allow more students to return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

  Health officials providing online counts of COVID-19 cases in public, private schools

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control introduced a site Friday that will keep online counts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in state schools.

Charleston Co. Schools to launch back-to-school hotline

The Charleston County School District will launch its annual back-to-school hotline on Tuesday to help families prepare for the new school year.

CCSD approves expanded services for online and in-person learning

The Charleston County School District has approved a proposed motion to expand services for online and in-person learning.

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

After thousands of students weren’t heard from when the state went fully online in March, teachers say they have concocted a new plan on keeping attendance.

  District releases public notification process for COVID-19 cases in Charleston Co. schools

When a student or staff member in a school tests positive for the virus, that person will be required to stay out of school for at least 10 calendar days and will be directed to isolate.

  Thousands of Charleston County students expected to ride buses on first day

About 5,000 Charleston County students are expected to be riding a bus on the first day of school next week, significantly fewer than previous years.

  Teachers using every last day to prepare for a virtual start

It is less than a week before the start of the school year, but some teachers say they’ve been preparing for months.

  North Charleston family adjusting to life after pandemic forces adult children back home to live

And then when the pandemic hit and shut the NBA down, Jatae, who had already moved out on her own, came home. So now we have all four children at home, three grown, and the one that's saying why are y'all back cause this is my house. So now everybody's under one roof.

  Charleston County students, teachers return ahead of first day

Charleston County schools are welcoming back students this week in person to meet with their teachers, pick up technology, and take exams.

  Woman trying to partner with company to improve internet service for community

A Ravenel woman who is tired of bad internet service is trying to get it fixed for her entire community, especially for students who will have to learn virtually.

  Charleston Co. schools may switch to hybrid model if in-person doesn’t work

Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait told the Mount Pleasant Education Committee Monday that schools may switch to hybrid schedules if the district’s in-person plan doesn’t work.