SC Back to School News

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Rock Hill school leaders step closer to changing mask policy

  Fort Mill churches collaborating to provide safe space for remote learning

  McMaster announces datacasting program to help students without internet access

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

  Rock Hill officially starts school, parents voice online learning concerns

  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

Lancaster County Schools computer connection issues fixed

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

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

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

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

  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.

State superintendent says DOE plans on approving school district reopening plans soon

As of Wednesday morning, they have not approved any school district plans.

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online

Clemson University will begin the fall semester online and will delay in-person instruction until Sept. 21.

State officials announce plan to distribute mobile hotspots, internet access for students

State officials said they plan to distribute hotspots and internet service through December.

Pence praises McMaster on handling of COVID-19, school reopenings in SC

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence visited Columbia to address concerns about reopening schools safely.

New SC survey shows most support mask mandates, many share concerns about schools reopening

The poll was conducted earlier this month by Chernoff-Newman, a marketing firm based in Columbia.

SC for Ed encourages school districts to go #VirtualUntilSafe through ‘Motor Marches’

SC for Ed will gather outside of two Midlands school district offices Tuesday as many districts continue finalizing reopening plans for this fall.

McMaster to use $32M in education relief funds for school-choice grants

The funds were granted to the state under the CARES Act.

McMaster announces creation of SAFE Grants to help families pay for private, independent schools

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is holding a press conference Monday to announce the investment of the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds.

  Gov. McMaster to give S.C. parents choice between in-school, remote learning

Governor Henry McMaster will give parents across South Carolina the choice between sending their children back to school and remote learning this academic year.

  Fort Mill School District to require masks at school

A face covering is defined in the ordinance as a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth, such as a medical or cloth mask, bandana, scarf or gaiter.