LIST: Some Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts return to in-person learning, others to remain virtual

LIST: Some Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts return to in-person learning, others to remain virtual
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – Several school districts in the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have made the decision to move students back to brick-and-mortar instruction, while others will remain with virtual/eLearning.

Below is a list of school districts that have announced their decision about learning. It will be updated as more districts announce their plans.

Horry County Schools:

Students in Horry County schools resumed a hybrid learning model on Jan. 19. This followed two full weeks of virtual learning following the winter break.

Georgetown County School District:

The Georgetown County School District resumed 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.

The district will begin a “Hybrid Plus” plan starting on Feb. 1. This will allow students who have attended in-person classes two days a week to now attend four days a week. A and B students will now attend school together on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays will continue to be virtual learning days for all students, while also serving as an opportunity for teachers to collaborate and a chance for schools to continue deep cleaning efforts.

Florence One Schools:

Florence One Schools have remained in virtual learning for an additional week, beginning Jan. 19, due to a record number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

All schools will return to the three previous forms of instructional delivery on Monday, Jan. 25, district officials said.

Darlington County School District:

The Darlington County School District will return to in-person classes Monday, Jan. 25, for all face-to-face students, district officials said. Middle and high school students will resume their hybrid schedule, and elementary students will resume their regular classes. Students in the Darlington County Virtual Academy will continue their regular virtual program.

The district clarified that students will return to the same mode of learning they were in when they left for Christmas break. Students who have been approved to shift learning will do so at the end of the semester. For high school students, that’s Jan. 29. For elementary and middle school, that’s Feb. 5.

Marion County School District:

Students in Marion County will remain in full virtual learning for the week of Jan. 25 through Jan. 29 due to a rise in positive virus cases, district officials announced.

The district hopes to resume the hybrid schedule on Monday, Feb. 1.

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