She says before the meeting, she spoke with her husband about their finances and decided if UCPS decided to disregard another North Carolina Safe Schools Tool Kit recommendation, she would quit her job.
Since the last few weeks of August, the 11 to 20 age group has recorded the highest number of COVID cases out of any other group. The 0-11 age group comes in right behind them. The third week in June, the 11-20 age group accounted for about 180 cases. This past week, that number has skyrocketed to more than 7,700.
On Thursday, August 12th, a 16-year-old from Andrew Jackson High School died from COVID-19. Just days later, students returned to class Monday, August 16th. That same day, WBTV News reported a COVID outbreak on the Lancaster High Football team.
In a letter sent to parents on Thursday, Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Gregory Moore said they are maintaining mask optional guidance following the county’s mask mandate that was announced Wednesday.
One district, that has over 200 students on COVID quarantine, says some of the new numbers coming in are from students who have yet to step on campus. Meaning those students got COVID and were told to quarantine before the first day of school on Monday.
A South Carolina supreme court decision made this possible. In a 5-0 vote, the justices decided the higher education institutions budget proviso does not keep universities and colleges from making students and staff wear masks.
Other than the traffic nightmare that was created from this new traffic pattern, the district says it wanted to change it because they were afraid emergency vehicles would not be able to make it to the schools.
Unlike last school year, school districts do not have the flexibility to switch back and forth from full remote, to hybrid, or in-person learning, instead, they must follow the direction of the respective state board of education.
This has some parents questioning whether they should make the jump back to virtual learning. In our two biggest districts, Fort Mill and Rock Hill Schools, parents have asked more about virtual learning since talks of the delta variant and what schools will look like became top of mind.
With kids and faculty soon to be back in the classroom, schools are finding strategies to keep everyone safe and healthy as possible. COVID protocols are still being set up in some schools, but Fort Mill School district has their plan down pat.
In just a few short weeks, students and teachers will go back to school. For many kids in Mecklenburg County, it will be their first true back to school day since 2019. Of course the pandemic impacted the school year greatly in 2020, now students and teachers want their best foot forward as they get closer to normal.And part of that is starting the year stocked with school supplies, which some organizations say can be part of the key to success.“Many of our parents are concerned they don’t have enough supplies,” said Belinda Colter, the executive director of Innovative Learning Inc.
Despite recommendations from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and state health officials, masks and face coverings will continue to be optional for all students and staff members within Union County Public Schools this coming school year.