Many schools in states with high Covid-19 cases implemented virtual learning, now a whole South Carolina school district will do the same

South Carolina – Despite officials’ efforts to slow down the spread of the virus across the state, South Carolina is still recording very high daily cases and in yesterday’s report issued by DHEC the state almost reached the highest ever recorded daily number.

What is even more alarming is the fact that the virus easily spreads among young people and that was additionally fueled with the start of the new school year.

The most affected group seems to be the students under 12 who are still not eligible to get vaccinated.

According to the latest information, in order to slow down the spread of the virus among students, Colleton County School District officials announced Friday it would be transitioning temporarily to remote learning due to the continued surge of COVID-19.

The temporary decision with remain in place for 10 days starting August 30 until September 10.

Initially, school district officials plan to get back to in-person learning on September 13, but if needed, the measure might be extended.

“We appreciate our community’s adaptability, patience, and support as we continue to protect our students, staff, and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the district said in a statement.

Students are directed to use their district-issued Chromebooks for virtual learning. Students without internet will be provided E-Learning packets, the district said.

During the temporary virtual learning period, all other school activities like after school programs and sports activities will be suspended.

Meals will be available for students at their usual school locations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 30 and 31. Meal deliveries will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and Friday, Sept. 3, according to bus routes. Car riders can pick-up meals at the child’s school from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday and Friday.

The district plans to “comprehensively disinfect” schools and buses during this period.

According to DHEC data from August 16 to 20, the district had 36 students and six staff in quarantine due to the coronavirus and had 386 students and 12 staff reporting positive COVID-19 cases.

Monica Doyle


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