Education

Francis Marion University approves reopening plan

SC for Ed data shows districts still looking for over 1,000 teachers before school year

  S.C. representative says resuming face-to-face learning during high COVID-19 spread is ‘irresponsible'

  ‘It’s causing a lot of anxiety right now’: State Education Association says teachers facing unique challenges during pandemic

SC education leaders discuss survey results regarding teachers’ COVID experiences

Fight over private school grants could be heading to the SC Supreme Court

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  FSD1 teacher gives a classroom tour showing precautions for upcoming school year

  State receives Horry County Schools’ reopening plan; may not be approved until next week

  S.C. Tax Free Weekend runs Aug. 7-9

  Horry County School Board votes in favor of sending school reopening plan to state

  The Care House of the Pee Dee helping parents and students handle back-to-school stress

Horry County Schools release school supply lists for elementary, middle school students

HCS board meeting to discuss school reopening plans moved to Tuesday due to Isaias

A Horry County Schools board meeting that many families have been waiting for has been delayed until Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Isaias.

State requiring face masks in all South Carolina public schools

The South Carolina Department of Education announced on Friday that face masks will be required in all public schools.

  Seven Pee Dee schools have reopening plans approved by state Department of Education

A number of school districts across the Pee Dee had their reopening plans approved Friday by the South Carolina Department of Education.

  Horry County Schools offering full-time online learning option for students in fall

Parents or guardians of students in Horry County Schools may elect to enroll them in full-time online learning for the upcoming school year, according to district officials.

  FSD3 board members express anger toward state leaders after school reopening plan denied

S.C. teacher groups calls superintendent’s in-person option requirement ‘unforgivable’

South Carolina is testing out a new way to get lessons to students without internet access

  Darlington County School District’s reopening plan approved by S.C. Department of Education

  S.C. receives $15M Rethink K-12 Education grant

Horry County Schools to resume athletic conditioning for fall sports next week

  Horry County Schools summer food program extended

Summer meals from Horry County Schools are now available until Aug. 18 due to an extension.

Hearing held regarding funds set to be allocated from emergency fund for private school tuition

A lawsuit filed in Orangeburg County requesting the temporary restraining order against the grant claims the state constitution says public funds cannot be given to religious or other private educational institutions.

  Grand Strand private school prepares to reopen, reacts to SAFE grants debate

A court hearing was held on Wednesday in Orangeburg County on whether Governor Henry McMaster can grant $32 million dollars to help families pay for private schools.

FSD1 highlights safety measures for upcoming school year in video series

Florence One Schools released Wednesday the first video in a series designed to educate parents and students of precautionary measures the district is taking for the upcoming school year.

  Superintendent lays out mask requirements for Darlington County students

The superintendent of the Darlington County School District laid out the district’s mask requirements for students ahead of the start of the new school year.

  Paperwork sent to S.C. schools for orders for mobile hotspots, internet access for students

Work is underway to distribute mobile hotspots and monthly internet service to at least 100,000 households across South Carolina, according to state education officials.

  Safety is ‘guiding light’ for HCS board chairman while creating reopening plan

The Horry County Schools board chairman sat down one-on-one with WMBF News and opened up about what’s being done behind the scenes to create a safe back to school plan.

  FSD1′s chief technology officer outlines virtual learning plans for upcoming school year

Florence School District One’s technology department has worked tirelessly to make students and teachers have the necessary resources available for the first day of school.

Horry County, Florence School District 2 among 8 school districts yet to submit reopening plans

Eight out of 85 school districts in South Carolina have not submitted a finalized reopening plan as of Tuesday, according to an updated list from the state Department of Education.

  Six Darlington County School food service workers quarantined after one tests positive for COVID-19

Six Darlington County School District food service workers are being quarantined at home after one employee tested positive for COVID-19, according to the district.

CCU to conclude fall semester virtually after Thanksgiving break

Administrators with Coastal Carolina University announced an update Tuesday to the institution’s back-to-school plans.

  Free back-to-school assistance available for Horry County students

Free back-to-school assistance is available for families in need.

  Francis Marion University president explains fall reopening plan

Francis Marion University President Dr. Fred Carter said the fall reopening plan might not be perfect, but he said it’s the best plan under the current circumstances.

  Some Grand Strand parents choosing full-time virtual learning due to pandemic

Despite Gov. Henry McMaster, and even the CDC, suggesting schools reopen if possible, some parents are choosing to do online learning full-time for their children.

Horry County Schools extends summer food program to Aug. 18

Horry County Schools announced on Monday that it is extending its summer food program a few more weeks.

S.C. superintendent: Mask requirement, cleaning procedures will increase bus capacity to 67%

South Carolina’s top education leader announced on Monday that she is instituting a face mask requirement on all school buses.

‘Transformational gift’: Anonymous donor commits $95 million to CCU

An anonymous donor has donated what has been described as a “transformational gift” to Coastal Carolina University.

HGTC, UofSC announce new partnership for teacher education

Horry-Georgetown Technical College and the University of South Carolina are establishing a new teacher education transfer agreement, officials said Monday.

  Coastal Carolina University highlights new safety measures in video series

Coastal Carolina University has taken a virtual approach to show students what new safety measures the school has put in place ahead of the fall semester.

Lowcountry business making desk dividers to help schools open

With schools scrambling to open in a few weeks, one family-owned company in Summerville has transitioned from prototype manufacturing to safety-glass for desks.

SC for Ed announces ‘motor march’ protests

The South Carolina education advocacy group, SC for Ed, says they will be holding a motor march outside the South Carolina Statehouse protesting the planned reopening of public schools in the fall.

  HCS families with special needs students concerned about upcoming school year

Horry County families are anxiously waiting on the finalized plan for what school will look like for their students in the fall, but for some families whose children have special needs, this sentiment is felt strongly.

McMaster replaces Governor’s School board after their decision to start the school year online

Governor Henry McMaster appointed nine new board members for the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics on Monday, replacing six members and filling three vacant positions.

FMU to begin fall semester online; move to mixture of virtual, traditional classes on Sept. 8

The university will reopen on Aug. 17 with three weeks of online class for all students before it moves to a mixture of traditional, online and blended classes on Sept. 8.

CCU to begin fall classes online, move to in-person instruction Sept. 8

The school also said more signs will be placed around campus to encourage social distancing.

  Coastal Carolina University outlines COVID-19 safety plans for students, staff

Going to college during the middle of a pandemic is a worry many parents and students share as they head toward this school year but Coastal Carolina University is finetuning their plans to ensure it’s safe for everyone’s return.

SC State to reopen virtually in the fall

The university will begin classes in the fall semester remotely starting August 10.

HCS chairman on submitting reopening plans: ‘Not interested in being first plan, interested in being best plan’

The South Carolina Department of Education released an updated list of school districts that have not submitted a finalized reopening plan, and Horry County Schools remains on that list.

CCU professor featured on Nat Geo’s ‘Sharkfest 2020’

A professor of marine science at Coastal Carolina University was recently featured on two shows produced for National Geographic’s “Sharkfest 2020” series.

  S.C. students, drivers will be expected to wear masks on school buses

Masks will be expected on school buses in South Carolina this fall.

Organization aiming to help children prepare for school

The organization is also asking for donations to help meet the demand.

State superintendent says DOE plans on approving school district reopening plans soon

As of Wednesday morning, they have not approved any school district plans.

Clemson University to begin classes online, will go to on-campus instruction on Sept. 21

The start of the school year for Clemson University students will look a little different in the fall.

UofSC to mandate COVID-19 testing for students living in dorms

Prior to arriving on campus, students must upload proof of their COVID-19 testing results to the Student Health Center’s My Health Space portal.

State officials announce plan to distribute mobile hotspots, internet access for students

State officials said they plan to distribute hotspots and internet service through December.

Florence One schools offer virtual learning option for students

Officials with the Florence One School District announced Wednesday a virtual learning option will be available for families.

WATCH: S.C. state superintendent testifying before House committee on reopening schools

South Carolina State Superintendent Molly Spearman is testifying before a state house education committee about reopening schools in the fall.

HCS department head sues district, others for defamation, civil conspiracy

The building program is currently subject to a state law enforcement division investigation.

Marion County School District releases reopening plan

The district is primarily offering virtual learning with days scheduled for face-to-face instruction.

  Some Grand Strand private schools prepare to reopen for traditional learning next month

Staff and students at Ascent Christian Academy in North Myrtle Beach will head back to the classrooms for face-to-face learning on August 17.

  Georgetown Co. School Board approves reopening recommendations

The Georgetown County School district says they plan to offer in person, hybrid and two virtual options for learning next school year.The school board met on Tuesday at the Georgetown High School.

  Berkeley Co. School District requires parents to sign COVID waiver for in-person instruction

The Berkeley County School District is requiring parents to sign a waiver for their children to return to schools for in-person instruction during the coronavirus pandemic.

‘It’s a shame’: HCS board chairman upset at state leaders over school reopening debate

The Horry County School Board chairman has made it clear that he’s not happy with how state leaders are handling the school reopening process.

Horry County Schools, Pee Dee schools request extension to submit reopening plans

Horry County Schools and several Pee Dee schools have asked the S.C. Department of Education for more time in submitting final reopening plans for approval.

Education advocacy group disappointed by McMaster announcement on private school grants

The teachers group SC For Ed released a statement Monday about Gov. Henry McMaster’s plan to use $32 million in CARES Act funding to help families afford private school tuition.

  CCU begins video series highlighting new safety measures for fall semester

Coastal Carolina University launched a video campaign Monday aimed at showing what life on campus will be like in the fall as the college prepares to reopen amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Social interactions through virtual settings present a challenge for educators, parents

Many school districts turned to parents for input on the learning format they prefer for their children during the upcoming school year.

  ‘It’s taking forever’: Some HCS parents frustrated over lengthy school reopening process

Some Horry County parents are feeling the frustrations over how long it has taken to decide whether their children will go to class in the fall, or remain at home when school starts back up.

Coastal Carolina University eliminates 36 staff positions

The university said it's also out of its second phase in stabilizing its budget.

  Florence School District One details reopenings plans for 2020-2021 school year

The superintendent addressed a number of concerns such as transportation, sanitation, and virtual learning.

  S.C. child advocates raise concerns over child neglect, abuse reporting during pandemic

Child welfare advocates said some of our most vulnerable may be put at risk, in the absence of more educators, caretakers and other adults to monitor potential neglect or abuse.

  Florence One Schools releases back to school plan; does not include 5-day in-person instruction

Students, parents, teachers and staff at Florence District One schools will have a better idea of what school will look like for the upcoming year.

SC Association of School Nurses believes it’s too soon to return to in-person learning

While these nurses understand the need for in-person learning, they don’t think that should come at the expense of risking students’ and teachers’ safety.

Pair of Horry County Schools food pickup locations to close

The district said other locations will be available for those affected.

  Marlboro County school leaders say 5-day in-class schedule ‘may not be our first option for consideration’

The Marlboro County School Board will vote on a back-to-school plan at a July 21 meeting.

  ‘That’s unacceptable to me’: Sen. Hembree gives S.C. digital learning results ‘D-’ grade

Sen. Greg Hembree, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, says based on data, many students aren’t flourishing in digital learning environments and are losing a year’s worth of learning in math while at home.

  McMaster’s school reopening announcement receives mixed reviews from parent, teacher

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s announcement about in-person learning for school districts in the fall has been receiving mixed reviews.

  HCS chairman says S.C. disease experts should guide decision on returning to schools

The board chairman followed Gov. Henry McMaster's push for school districts to offer parents the option of in-person instruction.