Education

  More than 100 S.C. school nurses using smart thermometers to track fevers, potential outbreaks

Students in more than 100 South Carolina schools are now using smart thermometers, allowing nurses to track fevers and potential outbreaks down to specific grade levels.

Charleston County Schools extends sports suspension

  Some teachers want students back in the classroom, according to survey

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

  Citadel cadets returning to campus

  Lowcountry school districts update plans amid ongoing COVID-19 surge

  Dorchester District 2 extends virtual learning through end of January

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  Berkeley County Schools superintendent announces retirement

SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

  5 students disciplined after flag with Trump’s name, weapons imagery prompts argument

  CCSD Mission Critical: Transition between Mary Ford and Chicora

  Charleston Co. school leaders share vaccine plans, consider COVID notification changes

DD4 to extend mandatory virtual learning

CCSD Superintendent to give COVID-19 update

The Charleston County School Board says they will be meeting to discuss the ongoing pandemic and new district “learning pods”.

Teacher group urges South Carolina schools to move fully virtual in new letter

SC for Ed posted the letter to social media Sunday afternoon, citing a high spread of the virus across the state in the past two weeks.

  Gov. McMaster proposes $48 million to expand full-day 4K program

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is proposing $48 million to expand access to a state-wide program that provides full day kindergarten for low-income 4-year-olds.

  Teacher advocates: Governor’s funding plan is important step forward but ‘falls short’

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s $10 billion Executive Budget includes a number of provisions focused on improving the state’s education system.

  SC Superintendent recommends districts use federal funds to cover emergency paid leave

  Charleston County schools extend suspension of winter sports

CCPL and Lowcountry Food Bank provide after-school snack

S.C. educators say quarantine procedures highlight substitute teacher shortages

  State education leaders set to announce plans after federal COVID paid leave expires

Staffing shortages linked to coronavirus in Georgetown County School District

South Carolina Department of Education takes over online learning initiative

The South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff released a statement breaking down the state’s spending on broadband initiatives.

Berkeley County school evacuated over ‘presence of smoke’

Crews are responding to Goose Creek Elementary where smoke has been reported.

Staffing issues force Georgetown County School District to continue remote learning

Georgetown County students and teachers will have to continue learning from home for an extra week.

  Gov. McMaster provides $19.9 million for education, workforce training

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced plans Tuesday morning to spend almost $20 million from the Governor’s Education Emergency Relief fund on early childhood education, job training and tutors for foster children.

  DD2 to distribute free lunches for students learning virtually

Dorchester School District 2 says they will providing two free meals a week for students taking part in their e-learning model.

  Nurses at Charleston County schools receiving COVID-19 vaccinations

A little more than half of the nurses with schools in the Charleston County School District have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccinations, according to district officials.

  Charleston County parents ask for COVID-19 caseload transparency in classrooms

After cases surfaced last month, parents with children in a North Charleston Pre-K and elementary school are calling on Charleston County School District leaders to expand who gets notified when a child tests positive for COVID-19.

State education superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman said she learned Sunday she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Lawsuit: Former Horry County teacher became sick due to exposure to ‘toxic mold’ at school

A former teacher for Horry County Schools has filed a lawsuit against the district, alleging exposure to mold while at school led to numerous health issues.

Charleston County School District employees concerned with resuming in-person learning

The district says parents can keep their children home as a precautionary measure and their absence will be excused if they notify the child's teacher.

DD2 offering meal service during eLearning over the next two weeks

Dorchester School District Two says they’ll be offering meal service for students during the January eLearning Model.

Charleston County school staff, students to resume classes on Monday, Jan. 4

Charleston County School District students and staff will resume classes on Monday, Jan. 4 following winter break, according to district officials.

Rep. Wendell Gilliard says now is not the time to send teachers, kids back to school

Rep. Wendelll Gilliard says now is not the time to send teachers and kids back to school since the COVID-19 pandemic is continuing with increasing rates of cases.

DD2 offers training for parents of virtual learners

Dorchester County School District 2 says they will be offering training for parents of students using a virtual platform.

S.C. teacher group asking state leaders to provide specifics about vaccine rollout for school workers

Educators and staff members across South Carolina have been switching gears, finding new ways to educate children during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  S.C. Superintendent says schools need to offer in-person option, warns against winter sports

As many South Carolina school districts plan to return only online next week, State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman is urging them to reconsider and reopen in person.

Charleston Co. School Board chair gets COVID-19 vaccine to show confidence

Charleston County School Board Chair Rev. Dr. Eric Mack received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday.

  Pandemic exposes existing teaching problems

Teachers continue to be in high demand as school districts around the state hit the halfway mark of the 2020-2021 year. A new study finds teacher vacancies are up by 26 percent from the same time last year.

  Parent Survival Guide: Virtual learning support programs available

Parents in school districts across the Lowcountry say they need help getting their children ready for virtual education following winter break.

  Thousands in SC wait for broadband internet access as deadline looms

Companies working to install fiber to give more South Carolinians broadband internet access face a deadline this week some may not be able to meet.

  Study: Teacher vacancies up in South Carolina amid pandemic

A new study finds teacher vacancies in South Carolina are up 26% compared to last year.

  Dorchester District 2 looks to fill gaps left by fewer substitutes teachers working

District officials with Dorchester District 2 say they are struggling with the number of substitute teachers available to work.

Beaufort County School District announces bus route changes

If your student rides the bus in Beaufort County, their route could change. The district says it’s adjusting some bus routes.

  New school for children with dyslexia coming to the Lowcountry

The Gates School says they are set to be the first public charter school for children with dyslexia and other related reading challenges in the Lowcountry.

New program offers free college degrees to SC prisoners

Some prisoners in South Carolina will soon be able to attend college for free.

WATCH: Two Lowcountry school nurses get a surprise parade

Two school nurses at Porter-Gaud School were honored with a surprise parade after school last week.

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

With winter break just days away for Lowcountry students, districts are making decisions about where those students will attend class after the new year.

  Learning pods aim to help students during COVID-19 pandemic

The South Carolina Department of Social Services has issued 138 temporary certificates for child-care centers since August, as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Williamsburg Co. schools will move to all virtual classes after winter break

The Williamsburg County School District says Kingstree area schools are going virtual due to COVID-19 and all Williamsburg County schools will switch to a virtual learning pathway the first week back from winter break.

  New charter school could be coming to Summerville

The Town of Summerville Design Review Board says they have received plans for a new charter school.

Orangeburg Co. School District will move fully-virtual following Winter Break

District leaders anticipate that some in-person instruction through a hybrid model will available again beginning Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Hundreds of students miss more than 10 days of school, principal conducts home visits

New data shows hundreds of Lowcountry students have missed more than 10 days of class during just the first nine weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.

Proposed S.C. bill would require high schoolers to take personal finance course

A bill pre-filed in the South Carolina State Senate would require high school students to take a personal finance course before they graduate.

  Data reveals failure rates for Charleston County students during pandemic

Nearly 3,000 more Charleston County students received at least one “F” on their report card during the first nine weeks compared to last school year, according to new data from the Charleston County School District.

  Dorchester District 2 report shows hundreds of students in quarantine

DD2 keeps a running report showing how many students and staff have tested positive for the coronavirus or are currently quarantining.

  S.C. superintendent ‘alarmed’ as school districts report increase in number of failing students

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said she’s alarmed by the increase in the number of students failing at least one class in the first nine weeks of the school year.

  Charleston Co. schools awarded $12 million federal grant

The Charleston County School District says they have been awarded an Education Innovation & Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

  DD4 changing learning pathways after winter break

Dorchester School District 4 has released a letter to parents and students saying all in-person DD4 classes will follow the hybrid model following winter break.

  S.C. education leaders create complaint form for schools not following COVID-19 guidelines

State education leaders have created an online form encouraging students, families and educators to report instances where COVID-19 protocols are not followed in South Carolina schools.

  Dorchester Dist. 2 students to return to virtual learning as COVID-19 cases rise

Students of Dorchester County School District 2 schools will resume eLearning after the holiday break, district officials confirmed Monday night.

  S.C. school districts to receive $84 million to help with reopening efforts

The South Carolina Department of Education announced it will provide more than $84 million to the state’s school districts and special schools to support reopening efforts.

  School district to pay students to help set up plexiglass barriers

Some Dorchester County students may be eligible for pay if they help their school district’s maintenance team set up plexiglass barriers in the classroom.

State Superintendent can’t say if vaccines will be required for students

The State Superintendent says she has not made a decision regarding whether South Carolina students will be required to get the coronavirus vaccine once it’s widely-available.

  New track improvements coming to Mount Pleasant Town Hall

New improvements are coming to the track at Mount Pleasant Town Hall.

  SC to evaluate DD2 students following multiple pathway learning

Dorchester School District Two says their students are taking a state mandated test to evaluate their learning in a year when instruction models have drastically changed.

  Dorchester District 2 parents concerned with inconsistent bus pick up times

Dorchester School District 2 has a problem. Every day, a number of bus drivers are unable to report to work and the pool of back up drivers is not large enough to cover all 165 daily routes.

  Philip Simmons High School basketball, baseball teams exposed to COVID-19

Berkeley County School District officials confirm that certain Philip Simmons High School athletic teams have been in close contact with people who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

  S.C. superintendent not told about governor’s announcement on school testing program

State Superintendent Molly Spearman, who leads the South Carolina Department of Education, said in an email to the state’s superintendents that she was not given “advance notice” of Gov. Henry McMaster’s announcement about rapid COVID-19 testing for schools.

  DD2 school board listens to data before considering changes to hybrid model

The Dorchester District 2 school board met on Thursday for a workshop to gather data from district officials on the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as feedback from teachers and school leadership.

  DD2 school board to hear data on failing students as members consider changes

Dorchester School District Two board members will hear from district officials and other experts Thursday night regarding potential instructional changes as COVID cases surge in South Carolina.

School Board: Teacher who fell asleep twice in class has license suspended

The South Carolina Board of Education says they have suspended a teacher’s license after he was suspended for falling asleep in class and possessing narcotics away from school grounds.

  Hanahan mayor concerned after Berkeley County schools revert to virtual classes

In a letter sent to board members, Mayor Christie Rainwater said parents need to be able to make the choice of in-person or virtual school based on what works best for their families.

  Berkeley County schools will move to all virtual classes beginning Dec. 22 until Jan. 11

The Berkeley County School Board has voted to approve moving all classes from traditional face-to-face classes to virtual classes from Dec. 22 to Jan. 11. The late Tuesday night vote was 5-4.

Beaufort Co. Board of Education meets, reviews annual budget

The Beaufort County Board of Education met Tuesday night but they were unable to finish their meeting.

Is a degree on the menu? Coastal Carolina University hosts drive-thru application event

This year has seen the rise of drive-thru COVID-19 testing, drive-thru cap-and-gown pickup, and now, Coastal Carolina University is getting into the drive-thru game.

  District: 31 students, staff at Georgetown Middle School have been quarantined

According to the District’s Covid-19 Dashboard, one student and one staff member tested positive for coronavirus.The 31 people in quarantine from the middle school were in close contact with someone who has the virus.

8-year-old who emigrated from Ukraine will soon compete in US national track championships

For USA Track and Field, Artem is currently listed as having the third fastest time this season for his age group in the 2000 meter race.

  North Charleston High School’s new discipline plan aims to reduce suspensions

Henry Darby, the principal at North Charleston high, says they were given permission from the Charleston County School District and school board to withdraw from the district’s progressive discipline plan.