Education

Charleston County revisits future plans for new high school in Awendaw

The Charleston County School District wants to turn a large plot of land between Awendaw and McClellanville into the next site for the area’s middle and high schools.

  Friday kicks off series of graduations across the state

  Krispy Kreme to celebrate 2021 graduates with ‘sweet’ specials

  College of Charleston holding graduation ceremony Friday

  Virtual students required to take end-of-year tests in-person

  Lawyers: Berkeley County School District allowing kids to attend in-person classes after mother files lawsuit

  DHEC confirms case of tuberculosis at middle school in Charleston County

Continued Coverage

  Charleston schools to announce ‘Teacher of the Year’ Top 5

  Mother unable to get kids enrolled for in-person classes sues Berkeley Co. schools

  Charleston Co. School Board approves $500 employee bonuses

  Dorchester Dist. 2 funding among the lowest in the state per student

SC colleges take part in National College Decision Day

Graduation season arrives in the Lowcountry

  SC Senate OKs $10B budget; talks more issues than money

South Carolina senators have approved the state’s $10 billion budget for next fiscal year.

  Charleston Southern University hosting first in-person graduation in over a year

Charleston Southern University is holding its first in-person commencement ceremonies since 2019.

  Charleston Southern University finds no COVID-19 cases traced to classrooms

Laurel Glover, the infection control/COVID-19 coordinator at Charleston Southern University credits the masks for keeping classrooms safe throughout the pandemic.

  SC health, school leaders: ‘Stay the course’ despite governor’s calls to lift mask orders

South Carolina’s top public health official says there are positive signs for South Carolina’s fight against COVID-19, but it’s not time to take masks off just yet.

McMaster on mask requirement in schools: ‘It’s a height of ridiculosity’

  Charleston County School District offering COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible students

  All CCSD employees could soon receive $500 bonus checks

  Dorchester District 2 doubles availability for summer programs

CCSD to provide meals at no cost to students for 2021-2022 school year

  Charleston County demonstrators protest mandatory school mask rule

  Colleton County School Board members weigh in on switch to 5-days in-person learning

Colleton County Schools are back and in-person, five-days-a-week after state lawmakers passed a law requiring all schools to have a five-days-a-week in-person option.

  Colleton Co. returning to five-day in-person learning

The Colleton County School District say they will begin offering a five-day-a-week, in-person school schedules for students for the first time since the pandemic began.

  Preliminary data suggests significant learning loss for students

A year of social distancing, quarantining, and computer classrooms has left a major impact on education. While experts feared learning loss, preliminary data is now in to back up those fears.

Lowcountry principal spends night on school’s roof

An elementary school principal braved a night on his school’s roof to celebrate raising money for new playground equipment.

  West Ashley students could continue on separate campuses

In the beginning of 2020, the Charleston County school board approved a plan to put all West Ashley middle school students on the same campus.

Colleton County School District to offer five day in-person instruction

Following the passing of a bill in the South Carolina Legislature, Colleton County School District says they are making plans to allow students currently learning virtually to transition to in-person learning on Monday.

S.C. governor signs five-day in-person learning bill into law

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed a bill into law that requires all school districts in the state to offer five days of in-person learning every week starting April 26.

School board names Berkeley Co. superintendent finalists

The Berkeley County School District is one step closer to naming a new superintendent.

EPA awards South Carolina $480,000 to upgrade school buses

In total, 24 school buses from 10 districts will be replaced.

  Advocates hope teacher pay bump will aid recruitment

The senate finance committee approved a 2% raise for state employees and a $1,000 raise for all teachers for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.

Dorchester District 2 schools begin announcing prom plans

The three high schools within Dorchester County School District 2 are beginning to confirm dates for their senior proms.

SC lawmakers send 5-day in-person learning bill to governor

By the time Gov. Henry McMaster signs a new bill requiring five-day in-person learning into law this week, school districts across the state will already be ready. But teachers will benefit from two other key parts of the bill.

SC Governor set to distribute money from emergency education relief fund

Governor Henry McMaster will hold a news conference to announce the investment of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds Wednesday.

  Dorchester School District 2 seeks public input on budget

Dorchester School District Two wants to hear from parents and members of the community on next year’s budget plans.

SC Senate committee OKs raises for teachers, state workers

The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday set aside money for a 2% raise for state employees and a $1,000 raise for all teachers as the panel approved its version of the roughly $10 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts on July 1.

Lawmakers propose $1000 pay raise for SC teachers

The Palmetto State Teachers Association says members of the SC Senate Finance Committee have proposed funding a $1000 pay raise with part of the year’s budget surplus.

  Charleston Co. schools releases vaccination plans

The Charleston County School District says they are planning to start rolling out vaccinations for students 16-and-older before the end of April.

  CCSD looks to partner with school districts for 2021-22 virtual academy

The Charleston County School District is looking to partner up with four Lowcountry school districts to offer a full time K-8 virtual academy.

  Dorchester Dist. 2 schools working on end-of-year celebrations, some proms still undecided

Some students and families in Dorchester District Two are still awaiting word on if they will have a prom and other year-end celebrations while the district works with principals to make plans.

Teachers call for law that protects against having to teach virtual and in-person simultaneously

Teachers call for law that protects against having to teach virtual and in-person simultaneously

  One Lowcountry school district will be last in state to return to full-time, in-person learning

As we get closer to wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year, there are still some schools in South Carolina that have not resumed in-person learning full time, five days a week.

  Trident Tech launches program to ease truck driver shortage

Trident Technical College says the number of job openings for commercial truck drivers in the state will only increase over the next few years.

2nd round of Volkswagen settlement funds spent on 235 school buses

The second round of funding from the state’s share of the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust will be invested in propane fueled buses.

DD2 still considering options for high school proms

The Dorchester County School Board said it will announce plans for high school proms in June.

Colleton Co. schools host virtual forum

School leaders with the Colleton County school district are hosting a public forum to discuss what general school-related topics.

  In year of pandemic, ‘big pool of peer pressure’ means even more struggles for college students

One in five college students has engaged in self-harm, according to a study from the National Institutes of Health before the pandemic began.

Charleston student who put school on hold to care for ailing mom receives $25K scholarship

A student who temporarily left school to care for his sick mother received a big scholarship from Chick-fil-A.

  SC Superintendent: Process for transgender athletes ‘works well,’ opposes bill

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said she opposes a bill that would prevent transgender girls from playing on girls’ sports teams, but she does support a process that transgender athletes must go through if they want to play.

  SC House passes bill allowing noncertified teachers in schools to fill vacancies

South Carolina lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday allowing people without teacher certifications to teach in schools if there is a vacancy five days before the start of the year.

  After 30 years Edisto locals call for first, full-sized library

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the critical role local libraries play in rural communities. Now, those on Edisto Island say they want a new library to come to the edge of Charleston County.

Colleges plan ‘Virtual Fair’

Several South Carolina colleges say they will be hosting a Virtual College Fair for junior high and high school students.

New school centers on diversity

As school districts in Berkeley and Charleston Counties continue to deal with the fallout of racially insensitive social media posts by students and staff, a new public charter school is getting ready to open its doors with a fresh approach to education.

‘Fire all abusers’: Student protesters demand UofSC fire professors accused of sexual harassment

Students say the university is protecting the faculty members accused of sexual harassment and are calling for their termination.

  S. Carolina Senate OKs five-day school for all by April 12

It passed unanimously but still must be debated in the House.

  SC Superintendent doesn’t think COVID vaccine will ever be required for students

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said she doesn’t think a COVID-19 vaccine will ever be required for South Carolina students.

S. Carolina Senate OKs five-day school for all by April 12

The South Carolina Senate has unanimously passed a proposal that would require all schools to provide in-person classes five days a week starting as soon as April 12.

  SC lawmakers may use Trump’s 1776 Report to shape US history curriculum

South Carolina lawmakers are considering a bill that would require “instruction in United States foundational history” for all public middle and high school students in a way that is consistent with former President Donald Trump’s 1776 Commission Report.

  CofC ‘strongly encourages’ students to get COVID-19 vaccine

College of Charleston officials say they plan to host COVID-19 vaccines clinics on campus for students.

  SC State to resume traditional instruction in Fall

South Carolina State University says classes will be back to normal for the fall 2021 semester.

McMaster announces $6 million investment towards community computer labs

The money comes from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Funds, also known as GEER funds.

Colleton Co. School District begins 5 days of in-person classes in May

Officials with the Colleton County School District said the school board voted 6-1 to expand in-person learning for district students to five days of instruction starting on May 3.

  Dorchester District 2 distributing meal packs for Spring Break

Dorchester School District Two says they will provide free meal packs for students on Spring Break.

  Charleston Co. teacher assistant resigns following investigation into inappropriate comments

A teacher assistant from Angel Oak Elementary School has resigned following inappropriate comments made on social media.

  Virtual career fair for middle schoolers launches Friday

Middle schoolers across South Carolina are getting an early look at career fields and industries that may interest them.

  Lowcountry’s first charter school for kids with dyslexia set to open fall 2021

The Lowcountry’s first charter school for students with dyslexia and similar reading challenges is set to open this fall.The Gates School will first be open to students in Grades 1 through 5.

  Education, faster internet top priorities in ‘conservative’ SC House budget

South Carolina House members passed the state’s $9 billion budget with a focus on improving education in the state.

  Charleston Co. teacher assistant placed on leave while social media comments investigated

The Charleston County School District confirmed it has placed a teacher assistant on administrative leave while the district investigates allegedly inappropriate comments made on social media.

Charleston Co. teacher accused of using inappropriate word in class resigns

A Charleston County teacher who was accused of using an inappropriate word in class has resigned. The teacher worked at Daniel Jenkins Academy.

Gov. McMaster pushes for full face-to-face education

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster says it is unacceptable that there are still students unable to go to class in-person five days a week.

Charleston County School Board approves pay increase for teachers and staff

State lawmakers recently approved the pay increase, with Gov. Henry McMaster signing the bill. That gave permission for school districts to move forward with the increase.

Special education teachers take up challenges in virtual learning

As the plexiglass barriers went up, the masks were put on and learning went behind a screen. Many students simply had to co-exist with the new modality. However, a one-size fits all approach doesn’t fit every students’ needs.

  Hundreds already applying for Dorchester School District 2′s virtual academy

Dorchester School District Two says they are finalizing plans for next school year’s virtual academy.

  Charleston Co. schools continues to vaccinate employees

The Charleston County School District is working to get all employees vaccinated, who want to be.

  DSS extends deadline for P-EBT address verification

The South Carolina Department of Social Services has extended the deadline to verify addresses of families eligible to receive pandemic food assistance.

Georgetown Co. School District vaccine clinic open to more than just teachers

The Georgetown County School District says that they will be vaccinating their teachers and employees this weekend.

  SC public schools to receive ‘unprecedented’ amount of funding this year

This year South Carolina public schools will be receiving a historic influx of cash.

  Lowcountry schools, doctors weigh in on 3-foot social distancing in classes

New three-feet social distancing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control could help allow schools to shorten their distance requirements in the classroom.

  THE LIST: Closings and cancellations for Thursday

With an increased chance for severe weather Thursday for the Lowcountry, school districts are beginning to announce schedule changes.