HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Families in Horry County Schools got a better idea Tuesday night on what school may look like in the fall due the coronavirus.
The district presented its final reopening plan before submitting it to the state Board of Education for final approval.
During Tuesday’s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey said parents will have two options for their kids’ learning environment during the pandemic:
- Option 1: “Brick-and-Mortar” or a traditional way of schooling
- Option 2: Attend K-12 virtual program
“It’s a solid plan, it’s not the plan I wish it was. I wish we was back to school face-to-face 5 days a week. But unfortunately, that’s not an option,” HCS Chairman Ken Richardson said.
Maxey explained that if parents choose traditional schooling, their first day of school will be Sept. 8, but there are factors that will be determined by the South Carolina disease activity report. Information from the report that will be released on Aug. 31 will determine how students will go to class.
If the report determines “low spread” of the disease, then HCS students will return to full-time traditional schooling for five days a week.
If the report determines “medium spread” then the students will take part in a hybrid combination of face-to-face and distance learning. There will be two days of face-to-face instruction and three days of distance learning.
If the report determines “high spread’ then schooling will start on Sept. 8 with five days of distance learning.
“We need to have the science to back that up. We can’t second guess what they’re saying in terms of disease spread. While I would like to say, ‘OK this is what we’re going to do,’ we can’t do that until we know what the most current information is. That’s the reason we’re waiting to get that current information,” Maxey said.
The Horry County School Board voted in favor of sending the proposed school reopening plan to the state Board of Education. Maxey said he will submit the plan on Wednesday.
Horry County Schools is one of just a few districts that have not submitted final school reopening plans to the state.
Richardson has said that he has not been concerned about being the first district to submit a plan but being the best plan.
Read the Horry County Schools reopening plan below:
Read Tuesday’s presentation at the Horry County School Board meeting