HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County Schools announced Wednesday students will return to hybrid learning beginning next week.
Students in groups A and G will return to the classroom Tuesday, Jan. 19, and group B the following day.
Conway High School senior Jada Wells was hoping for this outcome after the struggle with the distance learning.
“I feel like now that I can go back to school, I feel like I have a better chance for my academics because honestly these past two weeks have been really hard for me to keep up and balance work, time management. Going back, I can finally learn face-to-face and be caught up with my school work,” Wells said.
The decision to return to hybrid comes after days of waiting for an answer. Originally the school board met Monday to discuss it, along with a group of other topics, during the work session.
Horry County School Board Chairman Ken Richardson said the superintendent and his staff were in charge of deciding when to resume the hybrid model. The board didn’t take a vote on it, but he said the superintendent’s office has access to enough data to make the call.
Hybrid learning is a gradual step and as for face-to face-learning five days a week, plexiglass installments still need to be installed in more elementary schools. Nearly all elementary schools have the plexiglass workstations. However, for the ones not ready, they’re hopeful to have it completed by the end of next week.
Richardson thinks this is why it’s realistic elementary school students could return to five days a week traditional learning by the start of the next semester. However, it may not happen for all schools at the same time.
Wells said while she does expect the return to be different, she’s willing to take it on to be back.
“My sister is in kindergarten and she has the plexiglass up. I never imagined that would be how our schools become, but because this is the only way we are going to get back into our schools, this is the first step. I am willing to take the chance and I won’t be bothered by it,” Wells said.