S.C. superintendent supports return to in-person learning, cites updated CDC guidelines

SC superintendent pushes for in-person learning

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WBTV) - South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman recently spoke in support of the return to in-person learning.

At an education committee meeting Wednesday evening, Spearman said that new guidelines presented by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) appear to show that students and staff fare safer in schools, even over going to church or taking a trip to the grocery store.

“Generally, (virus) transmission is happening somewhere else, not at school,” Spearman said. “There may be a few cases, but overall it’s safe.”

New data from the CDC showed that COVID transmission was 37% lower in schools than the surrounding community.

“It’s one of the few places you can make people wear masks,” said Spearman at yesterday’s meeting. “You can make them social distance, clean the buildings, you can trace and I hope we’re going to be able to give them a vaccine so school is safe. It took a while for us to be sure of that, but the data is coming in.”

SC Superintendent supports return to in-person learning; cites updated CDC guidelines
SC Superintendent supports return to in-person learning; cites updated CDC guidelines (Source: Sharonne Hayes, WBTV, WIS)

Spearman -who previously had been wary about the return to in-person learning- believes the new data addresses lingering concerns families and teachers may have about transitioning to in-person learning.

On Wednesday, the superintendent also requested a 2% pay raise for teachers, a 5% pay raise for school bus drivers, and a full-time nurse in every school.

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