Horry County parents at odds over school district’s hybrid learning decision

Horry County Schools voted on Monday to remain with hybrid learning until full-time face-to-face learning can be implemented.

  Conway mayor gets to experience teaching dream with virtual school

  Classroom Champion: High school teacher encourages students to ‘find their passion’

  Local parent concerned about quarantine process after COVID-19 case in son’s school

  Donation helps keep Florence School District 1 students digitally connected

All S.C. school districts to receive millions in protective equipment

  Some Horry County parents seek clarity from school district on potential face-to-face instruction next week

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DHEC: Over 1,100 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools in SC

Georgetown County School District to continue hybrid instruction following DHEC report review

School choice advocates say thousands of SC families wanted SAFE Grants

  'Friday Night Bytes’: Florence School District One introduces Esports program

  Classroom Champion: Socastee High teacher’s students ‘are her life’

  Horry County Schools to remain in hybrid learning, DHEC report shows increase in recent COVID-19 activity

  CCU cancels all study abroad programs for spring 2021 semester

This includes semester abroad programs, international internships, and faculty travel with students for research, competition or conferences.

  Local charter school to provide counseling through new partnership

Students and staff at Coastal Leadership Academy are now able to receive professional counseling.

Marlboro County School District moves to Phase 2; students to attend 2 days a week

The Marlboro County School Board voted in favor of moving to Phase 2 of its reopening plan on Monday night.

  FMU Performing Arts Center bringing 'Fresh Air Concert Series’ to Downtown Florence

For the first time in six months, the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center will finally hold a concert.

  Student Spotlight: High school senior swimmer learns virtually while also taking college classes

Three additional FSD1 schools receive $5K grant for gardens

  ‘We can’t wait to get started’: New CCU President talks plans for university

CCU launches campaign encouraging students to vote in November election

Dr. Michael T. Benson tapped as new president of Coastal Carolina University

  Robeson County schools hold voter registration drives at high schools; stresses importance of voting

  Coastal Carolina University transforming its College of Education

Effective July 1, 2021, the College of Education will become the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education.

Horry County Schools to continue hybrid instruction through at least Oct. 16

DHEC's latest Disease Activity Report shows Horry County at medium spread.

  State superintendent discusses future of Florence School District 4 with Timmonsville residents

For the second time, State Superintendent Molly Spearman held a virtual meeting with community residents concerning the future of Florence School District Four.

  Horry County school leader says information about a ‘special board meeting’ is inaccurate

HCS chairman Ken Richardson said he’s been contacted by parents, questioning if the board will switch the hybrid learning program.

  Ten Oaks Middle School welcomes back additional virtual transfers

One Horry County middle school is welcoming back more virtual students who requested a transfer to the brick-and-mortar learning environment.

  Some families of Horry County virtual students upset over perceived lack of resources

Hundreds of Horry County parents with children enrolled in virtual learning say they don’t have enough resources from the district.

  DHEC change to disease activity report takes HCS leaders by surprise

A change made by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control caught Horry County School leaders off guard on Monday.

Horry County Schools approves all virtual student transfer requests

Horry County Schools confirmed that all 3,031 virtual students that requested to transfer to the brick-and-mortar learning environment were approved.

  'You just keep growing’: Ocean Drive Elementary celebrates National Blue Ribbon recognition

The Blue Ribbon Award is the highest award a school can receive from the U.S. Department of Education.

  Student Spotlight: Senior believes ‘art allows you to share your own creativity to the world’

The Socastee High School principal nominated this week’s Student Spotlight for being the Congressional Art contest winner.

Spearman to lead virtual community meeting on future of Florence School District Four

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman will hold a virtual community meeting this week to discuss the future of Florence School District Four.

SC lawmakers say they will try education reform again in 2021, some teachers want more input

Lawmakers spent two years working on the education reform bill.

  West Florence High School principal explains how school year is going after two weeks

Things look different at West Florence High School. There are fewer students in the classroom and masks are just becoming a way of life on campus.

Ocean Drive Elementary in Horry County named a National Blue Ribbon School

This designation is the highest honor a school can receive from the U.S. Department Education.

Educators across SC take personal day to advocate for yearly pay increases, better working conditions

A budget plan passed by the Senate last week that includes money for the pay increases and hazard pay for some state workers will most likely not receive a vote in the House before the session ends Thursday.

  SC for Ed: 27% of teachers plan to leave profession

While the SC Senate passed a budget, last week, including pay increases for teachers, that budget proposal won’t make it to the House floor before the ongoing two-week special session comes to an end, this week.

  Timmonsville mayor expresses concern over potential consolidation of Florence School District 4

South Carolina Superintendent Molly Spearman recently held a virtual town hall with staff, parents and the community to discuss the future of Florence School District 4 in Timmonsville.

S.C. teacher group urges educators to take ‘personal day’ Wednesday for virtual protest

A teacher advocacy group in South Carolina wants educators to “Stand Up and Step Out” in order to get lawmakers to pass a budget.

Board of Trustees closes search for next CCU president

Coastal Carolina University is closer to having a new president.

S.C. teachers group calls for use of personal day Wednesday for protest

The group SC for ED encouraged teachers across the state to take a personal day Wednesday to take part in a virtual protest over Facebook.

  Student Spotlight: Myrtle Beach High School sophomore dreams of performing in NYC one day

A sophomore at Myrtle Beach High School was nominated for our Student Spotlight segment.

  Horry County Schools to continue with limited face-to-face learning

Horry County students will continue to have limited face-to-face instruction next week.

  Over 3,000 Horry County students request return to brick-and-mortar schools

Thousands of Horry County students have requested a return to brick-and-mortar schools.

Georgetown County schools transitioning to hybrid plan

The Georgetown County School District will begin its transition to a hybrid learning model for the first time this week.

  Darlington County students to return to in-person instruction

Starting Monday, students in Darlington County will be back in school for the first time in months.

Over 500 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 public schools in S.C., DHEC reports

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released new information on the number of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina K-12 schools.

  Horry County Schools still adjusting to hybrid learning after first full week of class

It’s a school year like no other, and staff at Horry County Schools are still adjusting to the hybrid model of learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  S.C. superintendent encourages school districts to return to face-to-face learning for some students

South Carolina’s state superintendent is encouraging schools to offer a return to face-to-face learning for students who need it the most.

  FSD1 launches new parent resource portal

The Florence One School District launched a new e-learning parent portal on their website to help with children’s learning.

'It does not need to be this complicated’; N.C. lieutenant governor pushes for schools to reopen without mask mandate

Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Forest has called for all North Carolina K-12 public schools to reopen without requiring students or teachers to wear masks.

  HCS parents can begin requesting switch from virtual learning

According to the district, parents interested in requesting a transfer for their students must do so within the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

  'This is not what we were promised’: HCS Virtual parents weigh in on switching to traditional learning

Starting Wednesday, parents can request to transfer their student if space is available at their school.

HCS Virtual students will have a chance to transfer out this week

Horry County Schools families wishing to transfer from HCS Virtual K-12 back to the brick and mortar school are going to have the chance to do so this week.

Darlington County School Board votes to allow face-to-face learning starting Sept. 21

Students in Darlington County will be heading back to class soon.

  'It’s a little frustrating’: Some HCS Virtual students still without schedules

Some parents expressed concerns after they say their students are still unable to start the virtual program.

  Student Spotlight: High school senior with a 4.2 GPA, athlete and hopeful criminal psychologist

This week's Student Spotlight is a senior at Myrtle Beach High School.

Report ranks Coastal Carolina University as one of the ‘Best Value Schools’ in the south

Coastal Carolina University is becoming a familiar name on one college ranking report.

  Darlington County School District to decide if students can return to face-to-face instruction

The Darlington County School District will decide how students will learn next week - continue with virtual learning or return to face-to-face instruction.

New DHEC data shows 296 coronavirus cases associated with K-12 school in S.C.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control released updated information on the number of COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 school in South Carolina.

  Classroom Champion: High school teacher said ‘we have to be flexible’ to meet kids where they are right now

School is underway in Horry County and WMBF is highlighting local educators.

  Horry County Schools providing WiFi hotspots for homeless children

Some families are still awaiting schedules for the school year, while others are trying to figure out how they’ll get their children connected to WiFi for virtual learning.

  First day of hybrid learning receives mixed emotions from HCS parents

Some parents said the first day of school went smoothly, but that’s not to say there weren’t any mishaps or changes some want to see moving forward.

  McMaster announces new virtual initiative to reach S.C. students with limited, no internet access

The governor, along with state Superintendent Molly Spearman and leaders of SCETV, South Carolina’s education and public broadcasting channel, made the announcement.

Horry County Schools to continue with hybrid learning model through Sept. 18

Horry County Schools will continue to operate under the hybrid instructional model through Sept. 18, officials said.

  Darlington County School District to delay decision on possible return to in-person learning

The district will communicate the board’s decision to parents and employees via phone call, email, and text after the decision is made.

  Face-to-face instruction smooth but some bumps for virtual students, Socastee ES principal says

It was the first day of classes for all Horry County students and staff on Tuesday, whether they were in a classroom or virtual learning while at home.

  Conway Elementary gives inside look as students head back to class during pandemic

Thousands of students returned to Horry County schools on Tuesday under the hybrid learning model.

  DHEC: COVID-19 case count grows in South Carolina schools

After state officials released their first set of data on Friday, South Carolina student and school employee coronavirus infections have reportedly risen.

  ‘They’re doing great’: HCS board chair visits several schools during unique 1st day of class

Horry County Schools Board of Education Chair Ken Richardson had a busy day Tuesday.

Georgetown Co. School District shifting to hybrid learning following DHEC report

The Georgetown County School District is shifting to hybrid learning in the coming weeks after district officials received DHEC’s report on disease activity.

  Georgetown County offering free internet service at select schools

In the South Strand, Georgetown County students can connect to internet service for free at some schools after hours.

  First day of school brings changes, extra safety precautions for Grand Strand, Pee Dee students

After months of planning, school districts are welcoming back students Tuesday for the first time in months.

Afterschool programming available at several locations throughout Horry County

Horry County Parks and Recreation is offering afterschool programming at several locations this school year.

Fall enrollment at SC public universities not as low as feared, revenue losses still anticipated due to pandemic

With fall classes underway, universities now know what their enrollment looks like.

#Bethemagic’: Conway Elementary staff prepare for new school year

Horry County students start the school year Tuesday, and teachers at Conway Elementary School are determined to make it a magical one.

DHEC: 158 COVID-19 cases reported at South Carolina schools

Of those cases, 89 have been identified as students and 69 have been identified as employees.

USDA waiver allows all HCS students to receive free breakfast, lunch

The USDA Summer Food Service Program allows all students to receive the meals regardless of family income-levels or proof of enrollment.

  Horry County Schools release bus route information, pick-up times

Horry County Schools has released bus route information and pick-up times for families with students participating in hybrid learning.