HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Leaders with Horry County Schools provided a timeline on when parents can switch their child’s learning program for the second semester.
Before school began, families had to decide between the “brick-and-mortar” program, which put students on a hybrid schedule with two days in a classroom and three at home, and the HCS Virtual program. During September, those who chose virtual were given the opportunity to switch their student to the “brick-and-mortar” program.
During the Horry County Board of Education meeting on Monday, leaders presented a timeline on when parents can expect an email from the district on switching programs.
Based on the timeline, parents/guardians will be notified of the process through email and ParentLink on Tuesday, Dec. 1.
If a family has a student in the HCS Virtual program but wants to return to brick-and-mortar school, they will receive an email with a link to a commitment form. Parents have from Monday, Dec. 7 through midnight on Monday, Dec. 14 to select the option to switch their child to the brick-and-mortar program.
For those who are in brick-and-mortar, but would like to switch to the virtual program, a link will be available on Tuesday, Dec. 15 through midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 22.
“The whole idea of having these phases is knowing how many [students] are moving out so we know how much space we have to work with to accommodate in a transition,” said HCS Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey. “We will make schedule changes once that information is in between Monday, January 4 and Tuesday, January 26.”
If families switch programs, they will receive a confirmation email from the district.
HCS leaders said that they will strictly adhere to the dates and all decisions are final.
“This is a commitment,” Dr. Maxey said. “This is not an interest, this is not I’m thinking about it, this is a commitment. When you commit to it, that’s where your child is going to be next semester. We have to turn around schedules for 45,000 students, we can’t be going back and forth. You got that window of time to make that decision. And when you make the decision, that is the decision.”
Horry County Schools estimate about 10% of the 45,000 student population contact information for parents is inactive or not correct. The district is encouraging parents to check and ensure their correct, active email address is registered with Horry County Schools.
Dr. Maxey said for parents who receive the email and don’t want to make a program change, no action is needed.