SC Department of Education Officially Approves Plan to Reopen HCS | Covid-19 coverage
South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has approved the proposed 2020-2021 plan to reopen schools in Horry County.
In an automated phone call to parents Monday afternoon, Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey relayed the news.
“We are delighted to move forward with our plan to reopen,” Maxey said in the post. “Even though the coming school year will have its challenges, I know that working with you, [parents], we can make this year a successful one for your children. “
The plan, which was approved by the Board of Education on August 4, gave parents two options.
The first option uses a phased reopening approach based on the results of the Department of Health and Environmental Control’s weekly disease activity report, which indicates whether the spread of COVID-19 in the county is low, medium or high.
Students would be at their physical school for five days a week of face-to-face instruction, with safety protocols in place, if the spread was considered low.
A medium release classification from the DHEC would allow children to start in a hybrid fashion – a combination of face-to-face schooling for two days a week and three days a week of distance learning with an A / B split schedule to help. to social distancing. A high gap would have students using distance education exclusively.
“During the first semester, all three conditions of disease spread can arise. Parents do not choose which of the three [options]Maxey told the board. “HCS will make the decision to move from one type of school … parents should monitor the HCS website and HCS social media for updates regarding any transition decisions.”
Maxey said staff would review the previous week’s DHEC report to determine the upcoming week’s format for schooling, so there would be a week of transition time if the disease spread numbers change.
The August 31 DHEC report will determine how students will attend school on September 8.
The second option allows parents to enroll in the HCS Virtual K-12 school. These students would be required to commit for at least one semester, and requests to return to their physical school would be considered after that semester, depending on space availability.
HCS has extended the registration deadline for HCS Virtual K-12 to midnight tonight, August 10th.
Superintendent Dr Rick Maxey said last week that nearly 7,000 students had indicated by that time that they intended to go fully virtual for their first semester, but the district is still collecting data. .
Regardless of the low, medium or high disease spread, teachers will need to show up in their classrooms.
Our previous story regarding plan details can be found here.
To see the full reopening plan, visit here.
The district has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the plan, which you can find HERE.