HCS chairman on submitting reopening plans: ‘Not interested in being first plan, interested in being best plan’

HCS chairman on submitting reopening plans: ‘Not interested in being first plan, interested in being best plan’
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Education released an updated list of school districts that have not submitted a finalized reopening plan, and Horry County Schools remains on that list.

It shows that 19 out of 85 school districts in the state have not submitted plans and Horry County Schools is the largest one on the list. All of the schools on the list have requested an extension.

As of July 23, this is a list from the S.C. Dept. of Education that shows which school districts have not submitted reopening plans to the state.
As of July 23, this is a list from the S.C. Dept. of Education that shows which school districts have not submitted reopening plans to the state. (Source: S.C. Department of Education)

Horry County Schools told WMBF News earlier this week that they notified the state Department of Education that they will submit their final plan after the next Board of Education meeting on Aug. 3.

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WMBF News spoke to HCS Board Chairman Ken Richardson about the timetable of submitting final back to school plans to the state and he said he’s, “not interested in being the first plan, interested in being the best plan.”

Richardson said that he’s still reviewing the current plan that was submitted earlier this month and making changes to it.

He added that he has talked to doctors, teachers and parents about the reopening plans and doesn’t want anyone to feel left out of the equation. Richardson said it is his responsibility as chairman to get the best information in order to create the safest environment for students.

Richardson expects new CDC and DHEC guidelines to come out on Monday and that should also impact the reopening plans.

Florence School District Two, Florence School District Three, Florence School District Four and Marion County Schools have also not turned in their plans.

Gov. Henry McMaster asked for school districts to send their plans to the Department of Education by Friday, July 17.

Officials with the Department of Education said that they started reviewing submitted plans a week ago but that they have yet to approve any of them.

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