HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Several school districts in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have made the decision to move students to virtual/eLearning after the holiday break.
Multiple school districts said the measure was taken for the safety of students, teachers and staff as coronavirus cases rise across the state, especially after holiday breaks.
Below is a list of school districts that have made the decision to move to virtual learning following the holiday break. This list will be updated if more school districts make the decision.
Horry County Schools:
The school district will operate in the full-time distance learning model from Jan. 4 – Jan. 15. The school district stated that it made this decision due to the projected rise in COVID-19 cases following the extended holiday break and also the inability to accurately track COVID-19 cases while school was not in session.
During the two weeks of full-time distance learning, school facilities will be closed. All teachers will also provide instruction to students through the virtual environment.
Georgetown County School District:
The Georgetown County School District will return from winter break in remote instruction from Jan. 4 – Jan. 15. The district will resume hybrid instruction the week of Jan. 19, after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
The school district was originally set to return on Jan. 11, but the county’s high COVID-19 case rate and staffing issues forced leaders to make the decision to push back remote learning another week.
Florence County School District Five:
The district announced it will begin virtual learning on Jan. 4 during a two-week period due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and exposures. Face-to-face learning will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The district said that schools will be in contact with families regarding assignments and technology distribution, if necessary.
Florence One Schools:
Florence One Schools will return to total virtual instruction for two weeks after the end of winter break.
Marion County School District:
The superintendent announced that all students will go to virtual/remote learning during the first two weeks of January 2021.
Marlboro County School District:
The school district announced students will use virtual/eLearning platform from Jan. 4 – Jan. 15.
Teachers will not be required to report to buildings, but they will resume classes using the virtual/eLearning.
All other employees will report to work.
Darlington County School District:
All Darlington County School District students will shift to virtual education from Jan. 4 through Jan. 15, 2021.
All DCSD schools and buildings will be closed until Jan. 19, 2021. There will be no athletic or extracurricular activities during that time, including practices, conditioning, or matches.
Florence School District Three:
Florence School District 3 will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 5, completely virtual for all students and staff. Virtual learning for students will continue through Jan. 15.
Staff will return to work on Monday, Jan. 4, virtually and will transition on-site within the two weeks.
All athletic games and practices are postponed as well. Practices will transition back within the two weeks.