Florence One Schools releases back to school plan; does not include 5-day in-person instruction

Florence School District 1 outlines return to school plan

FLORENCE, S.C. (WMBF) – Students, parents, teachers and staff in the Florence One School District have a better idea of what school will look like for the upcoming year.

The board of trustees held a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to release its back to school plan.

Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Wednesday that he wants school districts to give parents a choice between in-person classes five days a week or virtual learning. He also asked the state superintendent to reject any plan that didn’t offer an option for face-to-face instruction.

During the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley told board members he didn’t feel he needed to put students back into the classroom five days a week when expert data suggests otherwise.

Instead, O’Malley put forward a hybrid schedule that would allow students to alternate days between in-person and online instruction.

Florence 1 releases schedule for upcoming school year.
Florence 1 releases schedule for upcoming school year. (Source: Cameron Crowe)

The plan goes against McMaster’s suggestion for districts to have a five day a week face-to-face learning option. O’Malley told the board if the state rejects the plan, they will continue with it and are willing to accept the consequences.

“If any consequences come whatever they may be, you can assure as a board whether they be financial or whatever that we will work around those, because I know I think we want to make sure that there is no price and no penalty that is over the health and safety of our staff and students,” said O’Malley.

The board unanimously supported the plan and agreed to accept any potential consequences from the state.

During the discussion, O’Malley also touched on a number of other issues regarding health and safety.

O’Malley said the district has been allocated $4.5 million through the CARES act and explained how it’s being used for the upcoming school year.

He also discussed sanitation, PPE, and bus transportation during his presentation.

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