Horry County parents weigh in on sending children back to classroom

Horry County parents weigh in on learning environment for children

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Ahead of Monday night’s Horry County School Board meeting, parents voiced their opinions on if students should head back to class soon.

The school district announced in December students would move to remote learning for two weeks after returning from winter break.

As it stands, students are expected to return to the classroom on Jan. 19, but that could change.

The Horry County Board of Education discussed the issue but ultimately did not make a decision. School board members said they’re going to take time to monitor the COVID-19 case data. They said will make a final decision on Wednesday on whether kids will return to hybrid learning on Monday.

Meanwhile, some parents said they not only want their kids back in school for two days of hybrid learning but for all five days, despite the spike in COVID-19 cases.

“When they installed the plexiglass, I was hoping they do five days a week,” said parent Maria Zaytseva.

Zaytseva is Russian and her twin daughters are taking English as a Second Language classes which are more effective in person than virtually.

“I really want them to be around native speakers and right now they cannot and I’m really worried how t’s going to affect their future,” Zaytseva explained.

But for David Warner, a father of two, his feelings are mixed.

“I think it’s important to understand the numbers are going up so these concerns are legitimate that the school has,” Warner said.

Both his sons require some sort of special education, which he explained is best taught in person. He suggested that if anything, the school district should let special education students learn face-to-face.

“You take temperatures and you come into the school buildings for those kids because teaching them does require a bit more work,” Warner said.

And parent Selena Watts believes there’s not a one-size-fits all solution. She thinks each school should come up with a plan for students to be in class while protecting teachers and staff.

“Hire more teachers, have them spread the kids into the cafeteria that they’re not allowed to use, the library they’re not allowed to use,” Watts said.

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