Darlington County School District to discuss changes to your child’s school schedule

Darlington County School District to discuss changes to your child’s school schedule

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Change could be coming to one local school district - something kids might not want to hear, but what school administrators are considering in the future.

The change, if approved, could affect you, your children and weekend plans going forward.

It's called Saturday school.

At this time, school administrators in the Darlington County school district are reviewing plans to possibly use that day for makeup days in case of another incident where we would see inclement weather like Hurricane Matthew.

This topic is in conversation right now because of two policies contradicting each other. An older policy stated Saturday school would never be an option, but a more updated policy states, under circumstances, students would use Saturday school as a makeup day option.

At this time, the Darlington County school district already set aside days missed from Hurricane Matthew so the policy doesn't affect those days.

All together there are 23 middle, elementary and high schools in Darlington County and six of the seven days are set aside.

The board is asking forgiveness for the seventh day so students won't have to make it up.

Overall, This policy is in the works just in case of another weather-related situation that would cause student to miss several days at a time.
There will not be any Saturday school for the remainder of this year, but will be an option for next year.

Darlington School administrators are meeting Monday night in their school board meeting to put final touches on this discussion.

Another topic administrators will discuss is a life or death technology that is mandatory for your child to learn how to use at least once in their four years of high school.

If approved, students will be now required to learn hands on CPR training and awareness on AED devices.

To put things in perspective, more than 350,000 people die of heart failure outside of a hospital according to the American Heart Association.

To administrators it's important to require this class so your children will be aware of what do in case a situation happens around them.

This all corresponds with the Ronald Rouse law that was passed because of a high school player who collapsed and died during a game in 2012 in Hartsville.

All schools in the state have to add this education as a part of their high school health courses so Darlington County is updating its policies to reflect that, because not all of their students are learning those skills right now.

Administrators aren't sure how much it will cost to teach its kids the training just yet, but it will make sure there's enough technology for all students to get complete instructions on how to not only properly use the equipment, but to also know how to demonstrate it.

The person who teaches students how to do CPR and use AED will be certified from the American Heart Association or Red Cross.

The only way a student can waive out of this new change is to either be absent the day of the instruction, have a disability that makes the student unable to perform hands-on instruction, or have a letter in writing from the parent giving them permission to opt out.

Both of these policies are up for discussion at the Darlington County School district school board meeting Monday night.

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