Nearly 200 complaints of COVID-19 protocols not followed in S.C. schools filed with state education officials in two days

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) – A now-decativated online form that allowed teachers, students, and families to report instances where COVID-19 protocols were not followed in South Carolina schools saw nearly 200 complaints filed in its first two days.

The form, which was created by the South Carolina Department of Education, went active on Dec. 15, 2020. According to a spreadsheet from state education officials, 192 complaints were registered through Dec. 17.

Of those complaints, 22 were from Horry County and nine were from Florence County.

SCDE spokesperson Ryan Brown said the department has been handling complaints through email and phone calls since March 2020.

On Tuesday, the SCDE deactivated the form, with officials saying it was taken down due to privacy concerns for families and teachers.

“We received an unprecedented number of FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests from news outlets that compromised the privacy of families and educators that submitted complaints,” the South Carolina Department of Education tweeted.

The agency is still encouraging students, families and teachers to continue to report COVID-19 compliance issues by calling 803-734-8500 or emailing info@ed.sc.gov.

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