Back to School & Beyond

Back to School Bash: Free school supplies giveaway in Summerville Saturday

The Community Resource Center in Summerville says they will be sponsoring their largest school supplies giveaway yet.

  A look inside: St. George Middle School prepares for new school year

  Charleston Co. teachers won’t have to teach in person if they don’t feel safe

  State education superintendent praises Charleston Co. Schools’ preparations for fall

  COVID-19 and the Cafeteria: School districts release fall safety plans

  Charleston Co. parents may not learn if their child can return until within a week of school’s start

  Gov. McMaster announces plans for delivery of PPE equipment for schools

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  Charleston County Library, officials look to close rural ‘digital deserts’

  CCSD hosting virtual conversation about upcoming school year

Capacity limits a possibility at Charleston County schools for start of new year

  Charleston County teachers return to school for in-person training

  Teachers organize second protest demanding virtual school start in Berkeley County

Back-to-School shoe giveaway set for this month

  Parents can help children face ‘return concern’ about going back to school

With about four weeks left before the new school year begins, parents are facing tough decisions about sending their children back to school.

  Application deadline for DD2 virtual academy set for Monday night

Dorchester County School District Two Parents have until just before midnight to complete an application for the district’s virtual academy.

  MUSC infectious disease expert leads talk on children returning to school

MUSC Children’s Health hosted a webinar Friday morning to answer some parents’ biggest questions about COVID-19 and sending children back to school during the pandemic.

  Pandemic creates challenges for back-to-school shoppers

As families prepare for a new school year, millions of parents aren’t sure if their kids will actually be in the classroom this fall.

  Deadlines fast approaching for Charleston Co. Schools’ free internet program

South Carolina’s 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday Weekend starts Friday

SC school buses will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers

SC education leaders discuss survey results regarding teachers’ COVID experiences

Beaufort County superintendent recommends all virtual start to school year

  Survey: Teachers want to return to classrooms, students face tech challenges

  Beaufort County School District plans all-virtual start to school year

Beaufort County School District’s superintendent said the district will launch the fall school year with all-virtual instruction, citing concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

  South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday Weekend is this weekend

The state’s annual 72-hour Sales Tax Holiday kicks off Friday and runs through Sunday.

  SC bus driver expresses COVID-19 concerns: ‘We’re the first to come in contact with students'

According to safety measures in place by the South Carolina Department of Education, buses will have no more than 67% capacity with only one student per seat, when possible.

  DD2 students have until Thursday to register for fall

All Dorchester County School District Two students who plan to return to school this fall have two days to complete their registration whether they plan to attend virtually or in person.

Summerville Resource Center hosts ‘Back to School’ supply drive

The Summerville Community Resource Center says they will be hosting their ‘Back to School’ supply drive and collection this Saturday.

SC for ED calls mandate to include in-person option in reopening plans ‘a purely political move’

According to the statement, Spearman sent out a memo to school districts on July 17 requiring school reopening plans to include an in-person option for all students to receive instruction at schools.

South Carolina is testing out a new way to get lessons to students without internet access

Datacasting uses SCETV’s signal. If you receive their channel via an antenna, you can receive this content, officials said.

Most Trident Tech classes to be held online this fall

The majority of Trident Technical College’s classes this fall will be held online this fall, the college has announced.

South Carolina receives $15 million federal education grant

The South Carolina Department of Education said they have received $15,049,608 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education.

  Charleston County parents given 5 days to choose virtual or in-person

Charleston County parents are set to get an enrollment form Wednesday that will ask them to choose a virtual or in-person option for their child for the fall.

  Deadline to register for BCSD learning pathway for upcoming school year

Officials say the deadline to register which learning pathway parents would like their child to be on in Berkeley County is Wednesday.

  DD2 plans for kids with special needs

While many families are deciding whether to send their children back to school full time or try virtual school, students with special needs are potentially planning a little differently.

  Charleston County teachers pushing for earlier, virtual start

Charleston County teachers are only two weeks away from returning to their classrooms as the district moves forward with its reopening plan, but some are questioning if it’s too soon.

CofC to delay start of in-person classes to Sept. 14

The College of Charleston plans to delay the start of in-person instruction for the fall semester until Sept. 14, its president said Tuesday.

  The Citadel releases new protocols for cadets to slow spread of COVID-19

The Citadel notified its campus community of changes in policies and procedure as the military school tries to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus on campus.

  Berkeley Co. School District to vote on CARES Act spending

The Berkeley County School District is voting on how to use $6.7 million of funding coming from the CARES Act.

‘Motor March’: SC For Ed host protest to continue virtual learning amidst COVID-19 outbreak

“We shouldn’t have to put our lives on the line to be teachers,” said Nozsa Tinsley, a teacher at Center Inquiry School. “We love what we do. But, we also love our families, and we want to go home to them.”

  Charleston Co. school board approves Sept. 8 start date, most likely virtually

The Charleston County School Board approved the district’s reopening plan on Monday that pushes the start date to Sept. 8.

  Berkeley Co. School District superintendent requesting school board push school start date to Sept. 8

The Berkeley County School District is requesting that the school board push the school start date to Sept. 8.

Coastal Carolina University highlights new safety measures in video series

Coastal Carolina University has taken a virtual approach to show students what new safety measures the school has put in place ahead of the fall semester.

  Charleston Co. School District to vote on reopening plans

The Charleston County School District Board of Trustees is set to have its final vote on the district’s Safe Restart Plan Monday night.

  Lowcountry business making desk dividers to help schools open

With schools scrambling to open in a few weeks, one family-owned company in Summerville has transitioned from prototype manufacturing to safety-glass for desks.

  SC for Ed announces ‘motor march’ protests

The South Carolina education advocacy group, SC for Ed, says they will be holding a motor march outside the South Carolina Statehouse protesting the planned reopening of public schools in the fall.

  SC school district spending $6 million on plexiglass, contact tracing, safety measures

The Charleston County School District is preparing to reopen its classrooms this fall, so workers are now implementing millions of dollars worth of safety measures before any teachers or students walk through the door.

  Superintendent: COVID rates still too high for Charleston Co. students to return

The Charleston County Schools’ Restart Task Force met for the last time on Friday as their reopening plan heads for its final vote next week.

South Carolina state, local leaders urge public to follow COVID-19 health, safety protocols

The president and chairman of Michelin North America hosted a news conference with state leaders on the importance of following coronavirus health and safety recommendations.

  Tri-County families say homeschool is good option for their children

Two homeschool families in the tri-county explain why they choose this educational arrangement, how they make it work, and most importantly, how their kids like it.

DD4 sets Sept. 8 date for students to return to school

Dorchester County School District 4 will offer parents either a hybrid or virtual learning option for their children this fall.

  Court temporarily blocks McMaster’s SAFE Grants program

An Orangeburg County circuit court judge signed a temporary restraining order Wednesday to prevent the distribution of SAFE Grants designed to help subsidize private and parochial school tuition for lower-income students.

  State education superintendent on reopening schools: ‘Things will be different'

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman told the COVID-19 Public Education Committee that while no state school district plans for the fall have been approved, she expects to announce some approvals soon.

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until Sept. 21.

At least 100k SC households to receive mobile hotspots, monthly internet service for students

Priority is being given to households in counties that contain a school district that has been defined by the South Carolina Department of Education as having a poverty rate greater than or equal to 86%.

  Charleston County schools prepare classrooms for fall reopening

The Charleston County School District is spending upwards of $5 million on getting its classrooms and schools ready for students this fall.

  Pence: ‘We think we can safely reopen schools’ in S.C.

Vice President Mike Pence tried to reassure parents and teachers Tuesday following a meeting on safely reopening schools in South Carolina with Gov. Henry McMaster.

  Superintendent: Charleston Co. schools won’t reopen if COVID numbers don’t improve

The Charleston County School Board approved the district’s reopening plan Monday, but it still needs one more vote before becoming official.

  Vice President Pence, wife to visit South Carolina Tuesday

Vice President Mike Pence will make stops in South Carolina, including a campaign event in Charleston, on Tuesday.

  Education advocacy group disappointed by McMaster announcement on private school grants

The teachers group SC For Ed released a statement Monday about Gov. Henry McMaster’s plan to use $32 million in CARES Act funding to help families afford private school tuition.

  Gov. McMaster announces SAFE Grants program to help families afford tuition for private schools

Gov. Henry McMaster announced Monday morning a new program that will provide scholarships or one-time grants to help families subsidize tuition for the state's participating private, parochial or independent schools in the state.

  S.C. schools face broadband issues as school reopening nears

As parents prepare for the reality of school starting soon, those in rural areas don't have many options other than to send their children to school.

SC Association of School Nurses believes it’s too soon to return to in-person learning

While these nurses understand the need for in-person learning, they don’t think that should come at the expense of risking students’ and teachers’ safety.

  Teachers ‘appalled’ by governor’s push to reopen schools for in-person instruction

Many of South Carolina’s teachers were shocked by Governor Henry McMaster’s recommendation to reopen schools for in-person instruction.

  Gov. McMaster orders school districts to plan for in-person school this fall

Gov. Henry McMaster called on all public school districts in the state to give parents the option to send students to school five days a week or provide a virtual education option.

School districts respond to governor’s push for in-person, virtual learning options this fall

The leader of the Charleston County School District said the district is planning for in-person and virtual learning options after Gov. Henry McMaster announced school districts statewide must give parents the option to send their children to school for five-day in-person learning this fall.

  Leaders to discuss high school sports seasons for the 2020-2021 school year

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, high school sports leaders are continuing to look at their guidelines on what they recommend when it comes to sports for the upcoming year.

  Berkeley Co. school board approves reopening plans

The Berkeley County School board has approved the district’s reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year.

  S.C. superintendent: Decisions on reopening schools shouldn’t be made by ‘bureaucrats’ in DC

State Superintendent Molly Spearman said on Monday that the decision to reopen South Carolina schools will be not be swayed by pressure from the federal government.

  Superintendent says Williamsburg Co. students likely to stay home this year

The Williamsburg County Schools superintendent predicts her district will not have a regular school year as educators continue to plan around the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

  DD2 working on plans for upcoming school year

Dorchester District Two provides resources for families and school staff who have questions and concerns about how school will look when it returns next month.

SC superintendent troubled over mixed messages from Columbia, state mandate could cost district $1 million

A South Carolina superintendent is speaking out about the mixed messages coming from state agencies and the state legislature. He says a state mandate goes against the recommendations from the SCDHEC and the Accelerate Ed task force helping schools develop a reopening plan.

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

SC for Ed released a statement Wednesday calling a push from the American Academy of Pediatrics to reopen schools “problematic at best.”

SC senators, officials discuss reopening schools safely

They are discussing methods of teaching, including virtual and in-person lessons, and the challenges that come with each one.

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

A Berkeley County School District re-entry task force met for first time to figure out what the new school year will look like. Parents, teachers, students, and district officials have come together to make recommendations.

DD2 introduces Back to School website to keep parents informed

Officials with Dorchester District 2 have created a website to update parents on the district’s back to school plans.

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

With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing, the South Carolina Football Coaches Association offered a few recommendations regarding the upcoming high school football season.

SC company rolling out face shields to schools across the country

In an effort to give schools one more option to reopen safely, a Columbia based manufacturing company is rolling out face shields for children.

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

Students from kindergarten to 12th-grade who normally receive free or reduced-price meals in school will receive federal food assistance.

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

First Student has officially become the school bus provider for the Charleston County School District, but the previous company in charge continues their fight to reclaim the role.