Back to School & Beyond

  Charleston Co. schools to offer rapid COVID-19 testing for students, teachers

In a partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina, the school district will be getting a machine that can turn around test results in 15 minutes.

  Hundreds sign petition to reopen Dorchester Co. schools full time

4th grade virtual learner gets suspended for having a BB gun in his bedroom

  CCSD board to look at $500 teacher bonuses, $250 for school-based staff

  Dorchester District 2 to continue hybrid model for 2 more weeks

  S.C. teachers ‘step out’ during statewide protest over budget

  Charleston County School Board members calling for teacher hazard pay

Continued Coverage

  Shirtless student hacks into Colleton County virtual class

  Dorchester District 2 investigating parent concerns over school lunches

  CCSD welcomes back thousands of students in-person

  Thousands of Dorchester County students return in person

  Students in some districts return to the classroom Monday

  Georgetown County schools transitioning to hybrid plan

  Charleston County Schools launching its own ‘learning pods’ in October

The Charleston County School District created a way to allow students learning virtually to have a place to get work done and still have social interaction.

  School districts ramp up mental health care as pandemic shifts daily schedules

From small to large school districts, counselors and social workers around the Lowcountry say they are increasing mental health care for students to get ahead of potential stresses caused by the pandemic this year.

  A local look at college COVID-19 reporting

College and universities depend on COVID-19 data to shape policies and procedures for campus operations, but not all South Carolina schools are reporting COVID cases the same way.

  You Paid For It: Charleston Co. schools spent millions protecting students, faculty from COVID-19

School is in full swing and districts are spending millions of dollars making sure students and staff are safe during the pandemic.

  Charleston Co. students could be relocated as more return in person

  College of Charleston begins in-person classes Monday

Free backpacks, school supplies and food for distribution, Moncks Corner

  CDC reporting ‘troubling’ drop in vaccinations for kids during COVID-19 pandemic

  Charleston Co. Schools double hotline staff as parents face long wait times

Cyber incidents at Lucy Beckham High School interrupt classes

  North Charleston mother misses work, calls virtual learning an ‘epic fail’

Tens of thousands of Charleston County students logged on for their first day of school Tuesday, but for some, technology problems prevented them from being able to join their classes.

  Library working improve students’ internet access in rural areas

The Charleston County Public Library is lending mobile technology to help students in rural parts of the county get internet access.

  Thousands of Charleston County students return in person for first day of school

About 12,000 students returned for in-person classes Tuesday as Charleston County schools reopened for their first day.For many, it was their first time returning to their buildings since the state closed schools in March.

  New Charleston County schools open despite pandemic

Classes begin Tuesday for Students in the Charleston County School District and some of them will experience their first day of learning from new schools and facilities.

  Berkeley County schools start year with blended model, new safety guidelines

The Berkeley County School District launches the new school year Tuesday with students having the option of learning from home every day or in person every day.

  Dorchester District 2 launches school year, programs to help students adjust

Even Dorchester County School District 2 families with their own computers must pick up district-issued electronics for the new school year.

  Some Lowcountry school districts to provide free meals through end of 2020

School districts across the state will offer free meals for students through Dec. 31, even for students who will only be learning from home this year.

As school year begins, Dorchester District 2 schools looking to fill teacher jobs

Dorchester County School District 2 is continuing efforts to fill several teaching positions, even as virtual classes begin Tuesday.

  Back-to-school guide: Charleston County to reopen Tuesday

Charleston County schools are reopening for in-person classes Tuesday to about 12,000 students, 25-percent of the district’s enrollment.

  Some teachers may have to return to school despite virtual option preference

The Charleston County School Board approved a final plan Friday to allow more students to return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

  Health officials providing online counts of COVID-19 cases in public, private schools

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control introduced a site Friday that will keep online counts of confirmed COVID-19 cases in state schools.

Charleston Co. Schools to launch back-to-school hotline

The Charleston County School District will launch its annual back-to-school hotline on Tuesday to help families prepare for the new school year.

CCSD approves expanded services for online and in-person learning

The Charleston County School District has approved a proposed motion to expand services for online and in-person learning.

  Teachers: Different strategies planned for keeping attendance this upcoming school year

After thousands of students weren’t heard from when the state went fully online in March, teachers say they have concocted a new plan on keeping attendance.

  Thousands of Charleston County students expected to ride buses on first day

About 5,000 Charleston County students are expected to be riding a bus on the first day of school next week, significantly fewer than previous years.

  Teachers using every last day to prepare for a virtual start

It is less than a week before the start of the school year, but some teachers say they’ve been preparing for months.

  Charleston County students, teachers return ahead of first day

Charleston County schools are welcoming back students this week in person to meet with their teachers, pick up technology, and take exams.

  Charleston Co. schools may switch to hybrid model if in-person doesn’t work

Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait told the Mount Pleasant Education Committee Monday that schools may switch to hybrid schedules if the district’s in-person plan doesn’t work.

  Berkeley County Schools release bus plans for school year

The Berkeley County School district recently updated its 2020-2021 bus transportation plan to give more information on what students and parents can expect for the upcoming year.

  Dorchester District 2’s 5-day LEAP Days program kicks off Monday

Monday is the first day of the five-day LEAP days program for Dorchester District Two. LEAP stands for Learn, Evaluate, Analyze, Prepare.

  Teachers urge lawmakers to use state’s $775 million surplus to support public education

Despite the economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic, South Carolina finished the last fiscal year with a surplus of $775 million.

  Lucy Beckham High School ready to open in Mt. Pleasant

For the first time, Mt. Pleasant students will have a second high school serving them this school year, helping relieve overcrowding at Wando High School.

  Summerville YMCA offers school support program for children enrolled in virtual, hybrid learning

The Summerville YMCA is offering a school support program for children not able to return to their classrooms next month.

  Charleston Co. schools could welcome back all students in-person by Sept. 21

Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait will be leading a live question and answer session with parents and students Wednesday.

  CCSD hosts final Q&A before the start of the school year

The Charleston County School District says they will be holding their last scheduled question and answer session before the start of the school year.

  ’Pandemic Pod’ organizers could face penalties if they operate without SC childcare license

Pandemic Pods have emerged as a classroom alternative for children who will be starting their school year virtually.

  Charleston schools using lottery system to decide which students return

Some Charleston County schools are now using objective criteria and a lottery system to decide which students get a spot in the classroom and which ones have to start the year virtually.

  Superintendent: Charleston Co. schools could reopen to 50% of students by Sept. 21

The Charleston County School Board is meeting Monday afternoon for its last time before the district’s first day of school.

  Families seeking tutoring services to supplement virtual learning during pandemic

The school year is beginning with virtual learning for many school districts and it's creating concern that there could be learning gaps among students.

  Charleston Co. Schools spends $1.2 million on virtual academy they may not fully use

The Charleston County School District spent $1.2 million creating its Virtual Academy, its long-term virtual option, but part of it may now be scrapped for the start of the year.

  City of Charleston’s First Day Festival now taking back-to-school donations

Even though The City of Charleston is now taking donations for their First Day Festival, city officials say the school supplies will be given out a bit differently this year.

  Charleston Co. Schools change all-year virtual program after ‘overwhelming’ demand

The Charleston County School District is making major changes to its all-year virtual program after almost 12,000 students enrolled.

CofC changes stance on COVID-19 regulations for students

The College of Charleston says they are now going to be asking students to be tested for coronavirus before moving back into their dorms.

  Charleston Co. teacher: District ‘not being honest’ about letting teachers choose

Some Charleston County teachers are pushing back after school district officials said publicly they have a choice about teaching in-person classes.

  CSU classes resume with changes in place amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Students in the Lowcountry are returning to the classroom and Wednesday is the first day of classes for those at Charleston Southern University.

Pattison’s Academy reopens after 5-month closure

A Charleston charter school that serves children with multiple and severe disabilities has welcomed students back after a nearly five-month long closure because of COVID-19.

  After-school programs adjusting to COVID-19 challenges

As Lowcountry school districts hammer out final plans for this school year, many working parents face another hurdle: What to do with their kids after school in the afternoons.

  Child advocacy center shares advice for reducing back-to-school, pandemic stress for children

The Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center in the Lowcountry is sharing tips for parents and caregivers when discussing changes children will face when returning to the school whether that be in-person or virtually.

  Dorchester County District 2 laptop distribution underway

Dorchester County School District Two leaders began distributing laptops to the district’s high school students for the start of the school year Monday morning.

  Colleton County Schools to hold virtual forum to answer parents’ questions

Parents in Colleton County will have the chance to get their back-to-school questions answered online Monday afternoon.

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.

  Charleston Co. parents express frustration as enrollment deadlines approach

The enrollment period for Virtual Academy, the long-term virtual learning option, ends on Friday, Aug. 14.

  CCSD: Virtual Academy registration deadline fast approaching

The Charleston County School District says all parents who are interested must register their children for the CCSD Virtual Academy by the end of the day Friday.

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

The start of a new school year is just around the corner and some students are getting ready to head back to class.

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

Charleston County teachers won’t be required to teach in-person classes at the start of the school year if they don’t feel safe, Chief Academic Officer Karolyn Belcher said Thursday.

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

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman visited Charleston County Thursday to hear more from district officials about their Safe Restart fall teaching plan.

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

Lowcountry districts have been challenged to find a way for kids to return to cafeterias safely amid the coronavirus pandemic, and they are starting to reveal some of their plans for how the new lunch lines will work.

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

Charleston County School District Superintendent Dr. Gerrita Postlewait is set to answer questions from parents and students about next year during a live YouTube event Wednesday.

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

Gov. Henry McMaster says he is allocating $10 million from the state’s reserve account to help pay for personal protective equipment to be distributed to schools throughout the state.

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

In a time when home internet has nearly become a priority for schools and businesses, some still struggle to have basic access.

  CCSD hosting virtual conversation about upcoming school year

The Charleston County School District says they will be holding a live video chat Wednesday afternoon on their Youtube Channel for families to ask the Superintendent questions about the upcoming school year.

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

The Charleston County School District is creating a plan if more students request in-person classes than what may be allowable at the start of the school year.

  Charleston County teachers return to school for in-person training

In each school, teachers and staff are required to wear masks and remain socially distant from their colleagues, according to Middle School Executive Director Joseph Williams.

  Teachers organize second protest demanding virtual school start in Berkeley County

Teachers in Berkeley County plan to protest outside the district school board meeting Tuesday evening for a second time in two weeks. They are demanding the school year begin virtually, to keep students and staff safe amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Back-to-School shoe giveaway set for this month

Families with children in need of shoes for the new school year have less than two weeks to sign up for a giveaway.

  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.