State report cards have been issued for each school district in South Carolina. With the new numbers, the South Carolina Department of Education is getting a better sense as to how behind students have been over the last couple of years.
Of the latest four schools transitioning into temporary virtual learning in the Georgetown County School District, around 1,000 students are already home and positive for COVID-19 or in quarantine as a result of a close contact.
A South Carolina Department of Education spokesman said criticism of the agency’s policy against denying a child who doesn’t follow a mask mandate a ride on a school bus relies on a “false assumption.”
Students in Dorchester District Two schools will continue to have a choice about whether to wear masks. Near the start of Monday’s school board meeting, board members said they are going to follow state law and not mandate masks in schools.
Charleston County School Board Chair Rev. Erick Mack said the district will not deny access to student’s education if those rules aren’t followed, but wants parents to consider that their kids follow the rules.