SC Back to School News

  Hundreds of new school buses headed to South Carolina

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday the state is purchasing 235 new school buses.

S. Carolina Senate OKs five-day school for all by April 12

  S.C. testing waiver request denied, flexibility granted for parents and schools

  Parents divided on CMS remote learning day due to inclement weather

  Fort Mill Schools returns to five days in-person, parents have mixed reaction

  Million-dollar math program implemented in some schools to help catch kids back up

  York County teachers get vaccinated ahead of Phase 1B

Continued Coverage

  Back to School & Beyond: District-by-district guide to the school year

SC teacher with muscular dystrophy says returning to classroom without vaccine could be deadly

SC teacher groups react to new CDC guidance on reopening schools

  S.C. Superintendent backs Phase 1A Senate bill, teachers aren’t convinced they’ll get vaccinated

  S.C. teachers hope Senate bill boost them to Phase 1A; DHEC not backing it

SC Senate passes bill to move teachers to the front of the vaccine line

  Parents, teachers react to Rock Hill Schools board decision to close three schools

Rosewood, Belleview and Finley Road elementary schools will shut their doors at the end of the school year. The school board says for two reasons. It will save the district’s $25 million. The Board says this move will help put other schools at a 75 percent to 85 percent capacity.

McMaster challenges Biden Administrations ‘erroneous claims’ about safe re-opening of schools

Gov. Henry McMaster is taking on officials with President Joe Biden’s administration who he says are making incorrect claims about the possibility of safely bringing students back to the classroom.

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

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

‘Thank you.’ District approves up to $2,000 bonuses for Rock Hill Schools’ teachers, staff

The board’s move, proposed by Superintendent Dr. Bill Cook, was a “‘Thank you’ for an outstanding job to its more than 2,400 employees,” the district said.

  Lancaster County Schools moves to fully remote learning for a week due to COVID-19

SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

  SCforEd letter calls for school districts to stick to virtual learning, asks state leaders for support

  S.C. health agency gets second-round vaccine doses, teachers anxiously await Phase 1B

  Fort Mill schools to move to full virtual learning for final two days before break

S.C. Department of Education giving $84 million to public, special schools

Two Fort Mill School District schools temporarily moving to virtual learning

Fort Mill Elementary and Pleasant Knoll Middle schools are moving to virtual learning.

3 schools move to remote learning in Lancaster County due to COVID-19

AR Rucker Middle, Indian Land High and Lancaster High will transition to virtual learning on Monday, Dec. 14.

  Parents across the Carolinas share how their students are learning amid district changes

Some school districts in S.C. returned to the classroom this week, while Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools voted to go fully remote on Tuesday.

  Lancaster County Schools start four-day in-person learning schedule

Lancaster County Schools is one of the last districts to make the shift. Unlike other districts, Lancaster County school board dedicated a day for teachers helping virtual learning students. Friday is the day virtual students will do extra work with teachers.

  COVID-19 rapid testing kits delivered to SC schools

School districts, like Rock Hill Schools, are preparing testing plans now. Those include a way to get rid of used tests, nurse training and testing consent forms for parents.

McMaster authorizes DHEC to move forward with COVID-19 testing at schools

The South Carolina governor has given the green light to allow rapid tests kits to be sent to all public schools.

  SC Education Dept., State Supt. were ‘unaware’ of governor’s school testing kit announcement

According to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are more than 2,000 cases among students in South Carolina. and more than 900 cases among school staff.

All SC public schools to get rapid COVID-19 testing kits

Schools should have the tests after the Thanksgiving holiday, health officials say.

  SCDHEC says ‘misunderstanding’ prompted state Department of Education’s plexiglass shields to be unacceptable

The guidance says students need to sit three feet apart with masks on and plexiglass shields between them to not be considered close contact, but what kind of shields work has led to some confusion.

Elementary students to return to school in-person four days a week in Lancaster County

These students will be back in classrooms for four days a week, Monday through Thursday, Friday being a flex day.

  Rock Hill Schools virtual students struggling, district outlines resources for those students

This week so far in Rock Hill - 3 students and 5 staff members tested positive for COVID-19. Another 30 students are under quarantine - and 24 in isolation.

  Rock Hill, Chesterfield County schools bring some students back in person

Rock Hill Schools is only bringing its kindergarten through second graders back for five days, but the district has plans to bring the rest of the elementary students and the middle school students back by the end of November.

  Rock Hill Schools, several other districts in our area shift to more in-person learning days

Schools across our South Carolina area are planning on bringing students back for more days of in-person learning. Some districts are starting less than two weeks from now. This as the coronavirus is surging in the Palmetto State.

  Staff shortage tied to positive COVID-19 cases force Lancaster HS to operate virtually; 35 in quarantine

Officials say at this time, the school is experiencing a severe shortage of staff as 30 people are out on quarantine and five people have tested positive for COVID-19.

  Project85, working to help black K-12 students read, adapts to COVID-19

In 2016, the Department of Education said 85 percent of black boys - from kindergarteners through seniors in high school - were not reading at a proficient level.

  Clover, Rock Hill sports teams impacted by COVID-19

Clover football and Rock Hill’s football and volleyball teams have been impacted in a major way because of COVID-19. The impacts ranged from other teams or a team member testing positive for the coronavirus.

SC superintendent announces purchase of PPE, supplies for public school districts

Superintendent Spearman also noted she’s been in touch with DHEC and the governor’s office, and as soon as COVID-19 rapid tests arrive in South Carolina, she says some will be sent to schools.

  Lancaster Co. parents, S.C. state superintendent urge more in-person days for certain students

Despite state Superintendent Molly Spearman asking school districts to bring some students back for more days of in person learning, parents in Indian Land say the district does not have a plan.

Chester County elementary school among first in US to use UV lights to fight COVID-19

Lewisville, which is part of the Chester County School District in South Carolina, will participate in a pilot program to use germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) technology to eliminate germs from the air -- including COVID-19.

  Teachers took personal day in protest of state S.C. House not voting on budget

South Carolina teachers are taking a stand, using their personal days to put pressure on the state House. Across the Palmetto State, teachers took to the phones, wrote emails and sent out social media posts demanding the House to pass the budget.

  S.C. superintendent encourages school districts to return to face-to-face learning for some students

South Carolina’s state superintendent is encouraging schools to offer a return to face-to-face learning for students who need it the most.

New changes coming to Lancaster County Schools transportation, update on in-person learning

Students at Lancaster High, Buford High and Andrew Jackson High will start at 8:50 instead of 9:30, which was decided back in June. The district says the start time will help combine middle and high school students. The high school routes will be rolled back.

More COVID cases appear for York, Lancaster and Chester county schools. Here’s where.

This side of the York School District, just about all parts of the tri-county area show signs of COVID-19 in schools.

  Rock Hill school leaders step closer to changing mask policy

Rock Hill school leaders passed a motion during first reading to change a mask policy.

  Fort Mill churches collaborating to provide safe space for remote learning

A conversation with Springfield Middle School leaders sparked an idea.

  McMaster announces datacasting program to help students without internet access

A 1.3 million dollar investment is helping connect virtual students to school lessons without wifi. Governor Henry McMaster explained it saying the state is taking the schoolhouse to the children.

McMaster announces new virtual initiative to reach S.C. students with limited, no internet access

The governor, along with state Superintendent Molly Spearman and leaders of SCETV, South Carolina’s education and public broadcasting channel, made the announcement.

  Rock Hill officially starts school, parents voice online learning concerns

It was not as smooth sailing for some virtual learners though. There were the typical first day problems—connection issues, zoom links not working and computers updating during class. However, parents have complained about issues they feel go much deeper.

  DHEC releases school data, parents, teachers watching closely

South Carolina parents, teachers, and school staff are going to have more insight on coronavirus in schools starting Friday.

DHEC: 158 COVID-19 cases reported at South Carolina schools

Of those cases, 89 have been identified as students and 69 have been identified as employees.

  Rock Hill parents concerned by large virtual class sizes, school district still hiring virtual teachers

Rock Hill Schools are on the hunt for teachers for its virtual program. Each teacher in virtual learning is responsible for 45 students, despite the need.

  New SCDHEC database gives parents, teachers more insight into positive covid-19 cases in school districts

South Carolina’s state health department will give parents and teachers some new insight on coronavirus cases in schools. The agency announced it will release a new database for positive cases in each school district on Friday.

  Students, staff test positive for COVID-19 in Clover School District

Officials say none of the cases were from the schools, but came from being in the community or large groups.

Lancaster County Schools computer connection issues fixed

A connection issue with Lancaster County Schools’ cloud-based web filter has been fixed.

  Fort Mill teachers decorate classrooms to make COVID-19 safety measures less scary

Those first day nerves will go beyond just what is my teacher like and who will I be sitting next to? Students will walk into a very different classroom than they left in March. Students should expect to see several new coronavirus protocols.

SC has tracked down almost all 16,000 students who were unaccounted for during pandemic

Fewer than 1,000 students remain accounted for as of August 19.

  Atrium doctors promote unplugging as screen time set to increase with virtual learning

Limiting screen time will be a lot harder for students going to school online, but doctors at Atrium say it is possible to make sure your kid stays disconnected for parts of the day.

  Mental health experts offer tips on balancing multiple students in one household

With multiple school-aged children and teenagers in one household, parents say learning from home amidst the coronavirus pandemic can be a challenge.

  Breaking down back to school sick policies, pediatrician answers frequently asked questions

As districts across the Carolinas finalized their Back-to-School plans, officials had to think through everything, including new sick policies for in-person learning.

  Lancaster County Schools has bus driver shortage, recruit across the state lines

In any given year, bus drivers could be hard to recruit. The coronavirus has created a new set of recruiting problems.

McMaster announces 70 S.C. school districts to receive $10 million in PPE

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is making sure schools have the proper equipment to make sure students and teachers are safe when they head back to class.

  Each our area SC school districts has 30 to 40 percent of students learning online

There is a better look at how many students will be learning virtually in South Carolina this fall and what that would look like.

State requiring face masks in all South Carolina public schools

The South Carolina Department of Education announced on Friday that face masks will be required in all public schools.

  Lancaster County Schools reopening plan accepted, some parents upset

While Lancaster County Schools plan was also accepted, some parents are still hoping the plan gets changed. Parents were trying to fight it before it got to Columbia, and now, are not happy it is approved.

South Carolina is testing out a new way to get lessons to students without internet access

Datacasting uses SCETV’s signal. If you receive their channel via an antenna, you can receive this content, officials said.

Here are approved back to school plans so far in York, Lancaster, Chester counties.

Fort Mill, Rock Hill, York and Lancaster County schools had their plans for a return from COVID-19 closures approved as of Thursday.

  Lancaster County using SROs to check-in on “lost” students

A South Carolina Department of Education study showed schools lost contact with over 16,000 students. Some of the reasons varied from lack of internet, taking care of sick parents, or relocating. Lancaster County Schools is trying to get its numbers down to zero.

Lancaster County schools have their new start date. Here’s what’s on the calendar.

The approved version sets a start date of Aug. 31. School will end June 17, 2021.

Teachers face limited options as districts decide school reopening plans

As anxieties soar about a possible return to classrooms next month, teachers are considering their options.

  Chester County, S.C. teachers rally against reopening in-person instruction

Hundreds of teachers flocked to Columbia from across the Palmetto state this afternoon. The teachers drove around the state capital to protest school reopening before it safe. Chester County teachers were in Columbia in both spirit and holding down solidarity in the county.

  S.C. superintendent approves Clover school reopening plan

South Carolina’s superintendent of education has approved Clover School District’s reopening plan, along with five other districts across the state.

S.C. superintendent: Mask requirement, cleaning procedures will increase bus capacity to 67%

South Carolina’s top education leader announced on Monday that she is instituting a face mask requirement on all school buses.

South Carolina institutes face mask requirement for students, staff on school buses

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has instituted a face mask requirement for students and staff on state owned school buses.

McMaster replaces Governor’s School board after their decision to start the school year online

Governor Henry McMaster appointed nine new board members for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics on Monday, replacing six members and filling three vacant positions.

  Rock Hill Schools releases final reopening plan, parents still have questions

Rock Hill Schools released its reopening plan late Thursday night. The plan takes a deeper dive into what the safety guidelines parents were looking for.

  SC Dept. of Ed will require masks on buses, other changes

Masks are just one of the massive safety changes the department is implementing to keep up with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control safety guidelines.

S.C. students, drivers will be expected to wear masks on school buses

Masks will be expected on school buses in South Carolina this fall.

S.C. High School League panel pushes back decision to vote on flipping fall sports to spring

The South Carolina High School League’s appellate panel voted to not vote on the district’s proposal which would flip the athletic calendar for the upcoming school year.