Education

Charleston Co. Schools may push start date as COVID-19 cases climb

The Charleston County School District is considering pushing the start date of school back to Aug. 31 as a surge in COVID-19 cases puts the Aug. 18 start date into question.

  Charleston County Schools giving parents a choice: virtual or in-person. But, there’s a deadline.

  Some Lowcountry teachers remain concerned about schools reopening this fall

‘Schools should remain virtual’: S.C. for Ed disagrees with pediatric group’s push to reopen schools

SC senators, officials discuss reopening schools safely

  BCSD re-entry task force meets to discuss new school year

  Leaders in Dorchester District Four plan for both in person and online instruction for the fall

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DD2 introduces Back to School website to keep parents informed

SC high school football coaches come up with recommendations regarding 2020 season

SC company rolling out face shields to schools across the country

  Charleston Co. schools expand mental health services, social and emotional learning

Students who receive free or reduced-price school meals will get federal food assistance, officials say

  Durham continues fight to be Charleston Co. school bus provider as new company starts

  Dorchester District 2 hammers out strategies for 2020-2021 school year

In light of school starting back next month, Dorchester District Two is creating a district task force for help with COVID related challenges.

SC schools report more than 16,000 students have been unaccounted for since statewide school closures

According to a survey conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education, schools have not been able to make contact with 16,085 students across the state since they were closed because of the pandemic in March.

  Governor signs bill that changes how Charleston Co. School Board members get elected

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill into law that completely changes how Charleston County School Board members get elected.

  Community members march for more diversity on DD2 school board

This week, legislators passed a bill that would add single-member school board districts to neighboring Charleston County. There are hopes the same can happen for Dorchester.

  Group calls for more change as CCSD employees begin diversity training

  Charleston Co. Schools considers mask requirement for students

  CofC to make big changes in response to COVID

  Governor set to review bill that reshapes the Charleston County School Board

  BCSD students to pick learning pathway for next year

  Charleston Co. Schools offering all students an online option next year

Bill to reshape how Charleston Co. School Board members get elected heads to governor’s desk

The South Carolina House unanimously passed a bill on Wednesday that will dramatically change how Charleston County School Board members get elected, and now it’s heading to the governor’s desk.

  AccelerateED unveils recommendations for new school year

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman presented back-to-school recommendations at a Monday afternoon news conference.

  Charleston Co. Schools to look at all facility names after one had confederate ties

The Charleston County School Board is set to create a committee on Monday to research the origin of every school building and facility name.

  Berkeley County Schools survey parents on school reopening plans

The Berkeley County School District want to hear from parents about plans to reopen schools in the fall.

  Charleston Co. School Board to consider renaming Memminger Elementary

A downtown Charleston school named after a Confederate secretary of the treasury could get a new name.

AccelerateED adds changes, finalizes fall school recommendations

The South Carolina AccelerateED task force meets Friday morning, and new information is expected on how students across the state will return to class this fall.

  Charleston Co. School District fires second employee in same week over ‘offensive’ post

An employee at a school in downtown Charleston has been fired after making racially insensitive comments on social media, the district has confirmed.

  Board could rename downtown Charleston school named for Confederate treasurer

School board member Kevin Hollinshead is leading the charge to change its name and called it the board’s “moral duty” to do in a letter he sent out on Thursday.

AccelerateEd draft of recommendations for reopening schools could cost more than some districts can afford

AccelerateED is accepting input on these recommendations until Thursday at 10 am.

Some SC private schools potentially closing due to financial strain on families caused by pandemic

According to the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), some private schools might have to close their doors this fall.

  Charleston Co. School District employee fired over ‘highly offensive’ social media comments

The Charleston County School District confirmed a non-teaching school staff member who had been placed on administrative leave over the weekend over remarks on social media is no longer employed by the district as of Monday.

AccelerateED releases draft of recommendations for reopening schools in SC

South Carolina’s task force on education recently released a 202-page draft regarding guidance and recommendations to reopen schools in South Carolina for the 2020-21 academic year.

SC for ED leaders respond to new AccelerateED fall recommendations

The report includes three different schedule models dependent on COVID-19 conditions, online and in-person preparation, as well as necessary steps districts must take before the school year begins.

Clemson trustees approve Honors College name change

The Clemson University board of trustees approved changing the name of the University’s Honors College to the Clemson University Honors College.

  AccelerateED outlines fall schedule models, recommendations and timelines for districts

Leaders in the AccelerateED task force laid out their recommendations Thursday for when and how school operations will resume in the fall as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

  Sports teams make adjustments to workouts, practices during coronavirus pandemic

As our state slowly returns to somewhat normal during the Coronavirus Pandemic, there is one area that is going to look drastically different: sports.

  Caught on Camera: Sprinklers interrupt high school graduation ceremony

Wednesday morning’s graduation ceremony at Ashley Ridge High School will surely be one the school and the Class of 2020 won’t ever forget.

  Charleston County Schools allowed to make up hurricane days virtually next year

The Charleston County School District has been approved to be part of an eLearning pilot program which will give the district the ability to teach students virtually if they cannot physically return to school.

Racist post attributed to Clemson student were from ‘fake social media account’, university says

Clemson University officials say a racist social media post attributed to a Clemson student was from a fake social media account.

Charleston Co. Public Library summer feeding program begins Monday

The Charleston County Public Library kicked off its Summer Feeding program Monday at several library branches.

  Summerville High School seniors prepare for in-person graduation

The seniors at Summerville High are getting up early Monday morning for a celebration some feared they would miss.

Charleston Co. schools to begin virtual graduations Monday

The Charleston County School District will begin celebrating its 2020 graduates Monday with virual graduation ceremonies.

UofSC President, SC Attorney General keynote speakers at education graduation

Twenty-six University of South Carolina education students held their own graduation ceremony with their families cheering them on. This after USC decided not to hold in-person graduations this year because of concerns over COVID-19.

Colleton County schools to continue meal deliveries through June

The Colleton County School District will continue their partnership with the Colleton County government to continue meal deliveries for students through the month of June.

  Charleston County Schools launching task force to create reopening plan

The Charleston County School District is creating a reactivation task force that’s main role is to create a plan for reopening schools safely.

  Money colleges, universities getting from CARES Act won’t cover losses from pandemic

Public and private higher education institutions across our state have been hit hard financially because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Local summer camps adapt to CDC guidelines

Many parents depend on summer camps to help with child care between school years.

  ‘It’s really a massive undertaking’: Charleston Co. high schools plan virtual graduations

Charleston County high school principals have been planning virtual graduations for their seniors for weeks, and on Thursday, West Ashley High wrapped up their final day of video shooting.

Lowcountry high schools announce in-person graduation plans

School districts across the Lowcountry have been deciding how to handle graduation ceremonies in the wake of school closures.

  Charleston Co. students may return to school one week earlier in August

More than a dozen Charleston County high schools now have set dates for in-person graduations, and the district superintendent announced K-8 students could be going back to school one week early.

  More than $50M needed for summer academic camps; sport team competitions may be prohibited

South Carolina’s Superintendent of Education said Tuesday the state will need $50 million to fund camps aimed at helping students who are behind because of the pandemic.

  Olympic-size pool in North Charleston will soon be complete

The North Charleston Aquatic Center near Fort Dorchester High School is now just weeks from completion.

  Educators advocate against eLearning with new recommendations

If successful, the recommendations will most likely remain in effect for the start of the fall school year.

  Charleston County School District to send out options for rezoning elementary schools

Board members say in order to relieve overcrowding issues at Carolina Park Elementary, some students will need to be rezoned for Laurel Hill Elementary or Charles Pinckney Elementary.

  SC school district being run from three states, inspector general finds

The South Carolina Public Charter School District had members of its staff working from Colorado and Florida, according a newly-released report by the state’s inspector general.

  CCSD to rezone elementary schools to battle overcrowding

Three Mount Pleasant elementary schools could see big zoning changes after one of them faces serious overcrowding.

  UofSC cancels fall break, makes changes to Fall 2020 semester

University of South Carolina officials announced plans for an accelerated fall semester, according to a letter posted to the university website.

Dorchester School District Two announces early registration for new students

Registration is being held on May 18-20 for new students in 4K/child development, kindergarten, and first-grade classes.

MUSC recognizes graduates with drive through graduation

The Medical University of South Carolina honored their graduating class for their years of work with a drive-in diploma pick up.

  Colleges, universities face lawsuits over tuition, fee refunds

A team of Lowcountry lawyers is taking on some of the country’s most prestigious universities and colleges for failing to refund tuition and fees to students following campus closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Some Berkeley Co. school construction projects could be delayed

The school district’s desired projects and maintenance costs total more than $48 million. However, the district’s current debt service millage will only provide about $31.6 million because the school board is unwilling to increase the tax rate over 70 mils.

Colleton County High School announces 2020 graduation ceremony plans

Colleton County High School students will be able to bring two guests to their graduation ceremony, according to plans released from the district.

  No official recommendations made yet on summer learning activities, school restarting in the Fall

Education leaders from across South Carolina met for the third time Thursday afternoon to talk about how best to proceed with summer learning activities and how schools and districts can best restart in the fall.

Georgetown County School District gives updates on in-person graduations

The Georgetown County School District has given an announcement on how they will proceed with graduation ceremonies.

  SC virtual teacher hasn’t been ‘affected at all’ by pandemic, offers advice

The South Carolina Virtual Charter School has had almost no impacts during the pandemic, and now a teacher there wants to help parents and students at other schools who may still be figuring out e-learning.

Charleston Southern to offer COVID-19 student relief program

Charleston Southern University has announced a relief program for students whose education was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  ECPI University sees more interest in nursing programs during COVID-19

Staff at ECPI University, which has a campus in North Charleston, said interest in the nursing program is up since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

UofSC to distribute $10.7M in federal financial assistance to students due to pandemic

More than 20,000 students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are set to receive federal financial assistance from the University of South Carolina.

  Cane Bay parents protest kindergarten lottery registration and school zoning

Some parents are demanding the Berkeley County School District change the enrollment process and zoning for Cane Bay area schools. Dozens of them showed up to protest outside the school board’s budget workshop Tuesday night.

  State Treasurer’s Office announces sweepstakes for graduating seniors

Graduating seniors in South Carolina have a chance to win college grant money if parents post on Facebook with a special hashtag.

  Charleston County Schools hands out its 500,000th meal during pandemic

The Charleston County School District has now handed out more than a half a million meals since the pandemic began.

  Surprise for JIHS students picking up caps & gowns

The excitement and surprise helped cheer up Seniors who are dealing with canceled prom and graduation.

  Charleston Co. Schools launches program to deliver meals to students in rural areas

They could start delivering meals as early as next week, but anyone interested needs to apply by Sunday.

UofSC to resume in-person classes in mid-August

The University of South Carolina plans to resume in-person instruction on its Columbia campus for the Fall 2020 semester starting in mid-August.

  In moving out, some turn college dorm snacks into donations during COVID-19

The storage company, STASH, has partnered with the College of Charleston to allow students to remotely pack students up. They are moving one dorm out at a time.

  The coronavirus pandemic could benefit group’s efforts to overhaul SC’s education system

The coronavirus shutdown may prove itself to be beneficial to education reform efforts in the Palmetto State; however, the pandemic’s effects have not been minimal.

  Berkeley Co. School District considers budget cuts to avoid deficit caused by coronavirus shutdown

The Berkeley County School Board is anticipating a “bleak” and “painstaking” budget for next school year because of the state shutdown caused by the coronavirus. Cuts are already being made to some positions within Berkeley County schools, however district leaders said employees will not be laid off

  Parents upset over Cane Bay Elementary enrollment lottery

Parents hoping to enroll their kindergarteners at Cane Bay Elementary will have to rely on luck. This year’s registration process for the school’s limited classroom seats will end with a lottery drawing held over Facebook live.