Horry County Schools develop alternate instructional plans during COVID-19 closures

HCS Online Learning Plans

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Horry County Schools released details for eLearning days as schools across the state remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Schools across South Carolina are closed until March 31 to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Horry County Schools developed a plan that allows students to complete standards-based assignments from home while school is not in session.

“While we cannot replace the value of the teacher student interaction in the classroom we are working to provide resources and activities that will help students remain engaged in learning while schools are closed,” HCS said on its website.

Resources for Horry County students and parents:

Instructional plans for students:

  • Assignments for students in grades CD-8 for the first 10 days of closure will be posted on the district website and will also be available in print for pick up at schools during designated times. These assignments may also be posted by teachers in their online classrooms. Assignments made during this period will count in the lowest weighted category.
  • Assignments for students in grades 9-12 for the first 10 days of closure will be communicated by teachers via email, virtual classroom (i.e., Google Classroom, AP Classroom, etc.), and/or hard copy. Assignments made during this period will count in the lowest weighted category.

Students are expected to complete and submit assignments daily through virtual classrooms or when they return to class.

Teachers will be available through email during regular workday hours on eLearning days to respond to questions, provide feedback and clarification on assignments.

All students in grades 3-12 will have the option to take device home (High School – laptop; Middle School – Chromebook; Elementary – iPad).

Parents will be required to sign an eLearning parent permission and usage form. Parents are encouraged to read, print and sign the form before arriving to schools to pick up their device.

It also explains an option $25 technology fee. There is also an option to pay a reduced $12 technology fee. The fee covers the cost in case the device is damaged while in students’ care. If the technology fee isn’t paid then parents assume responsibility and must pay to have the damage fixed.

Horry County Schools have provided the times and dates to pick up the devices. They can be found by clicking here.

Parents or guardians picking up the device will need to have a drivers license or other I.D. card. They will be able to pick up their child’s device at the school they go to.

Making sure children are fed is also a top priority for Horry County Schools and they’ve provided a list of locations where bagged meals with breakfast and lunch can be picked up.

Those meals are available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The student must be present and 18 years old or younger.

Lisa Bourcier, director of strategic communications and community engagement for Horry County Schools, said they’re working through plans for possible deliveries of food for those parents or guardians who can’t pick up the meals.

You can find more information on Horry County Schools’ plans for COVID-19 on their website.

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