State superintendent: Florence County leaders should consider consolidating all 5 school districts

  COVID and college admissions: Preparing for standardized tests during the pandemic

DHEC to give out COVID-19 test kits to school districts this week; some still working out details

Darlington County School District’s transfer application period ends Monday

Marion County School District switching to all-virtual learning for next week

  Florence School District 3 moving to virtual learning for December due to rise in COVID-19 cases

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  Horry County parent raises concerns after plexiglass picture circulates on social media

  S.C. Dept. of Education leaders caught off guard by McMaster’s school test kit announcement

  Over 100 FSD2 students, staff under quarantine, but confirmed COVID-19 cases remain low

  Some Horry County parents torn on whether to change students’ learning programs

  Eligible FSD1 employees offered sign-on bonuses to help fill bus driver shortage

Georgetown County School District sticking with hybrid model

  HTC expanding broadband internet access into parts of Marion County to help students, families

Horry Telephone Cooperative announced it is now serving parts of Marion County.

CCU to hold two in-person commencement ceremonies in December

Coastal Carolina University will hold two in-person commencement ceremonies in December, the school announced Tuesday.

  HCS releases timeline on when students can switch learning programs for spring semester

Leaders with Horry County Schools provided a timeline on when parents can switch their child’s learning program for the second semester.

  Construction on plexiglass barriers at Horry County schools set to start Nov. 20

The plexiglass workstations will be installed around desks and would help enable five days of face-to-face instruction.

Over 1,600 FSD1 students to transition to five days of face-to-face instruction

Clemson to open special dorm community for LGBTQ students

S.C. Dept. of Education announces integrated digital learning solution for students, teachers

  Horry County Schools expected to start installing plexiglass workstations next week

  Classroom Champions: Childhood dream of becoming a teacher turned into reality

CCU terminates relationship with anonymous donor who pledged $95M gift

  HCS to purchase 35 acres of property for a possible new elementary school

The school district said construction on a new school won’t take place for at least another couple of years.

Horry County Schools to begin installing plexiglass workstations this month

Officials said the process will begin first with elementary schools as early as Nov. 13.

S.C. Dept. of Education releases 2020 report cards for school districts across state

The South Carolina Department of Education released school, district, and state report cards for the 2019-2020 school year on Friday.

  High school students organize ‘log out’ to protest remote learning

They say remote learning isn’t cutting it and they want CMS to consider sending high schoolers back for in-person learning this semester.

  Horry County parent wants more flexibility with hybrid learning model

One Horry County mother is speaking out about the school district’s decision to stick with the hybrid learning model.

College of Charleston renames scholar awards citing efforts to address diversity, inclusion

The College of Charleston is renaming its top scholar awards citing an effort to address diversity, equity and inclusion in the downtown campus.

More than half of SC’s preschool students aren’t ready for kindergarten

The Carolina Family Engagement Center has released six new booklets that focus on preparing a child for kindergarten.

SC Department of Education launches new program to help students amid COVID-19 pandemic

The ENGAGE South Carolina program has been created to help students from kindergarten through 12th grade who have been fully or partially disengaged from learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Student Spotlight: Conway High School ESOL student living the American dream

Her first language is Spanish, she was born in Conway, raised in Mexico and moved back three years ago to start as a freshman at Conway High School.

  Two area technical colleges holding graduation ceremonies postponed by COVID-19

Two area technical colleges will hold spring graduation ceremonies this week that were postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Coastal Carolina University reports just two new COVID-19 cases among students

Coastal Carolina University released additional data Friday morning on confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.

CCU Board of Trustees says enrollment and retention not impacted as badly as expected from pandemic

Enrollment and retention numbers didn’t hit CCU quite as hard as expected.

Enrollment in state’s online program increased 400% this fall

The Palmetto State Teachers Association (PSTA) and the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) said this jump in enrollment shows students and parents are interested in virtual learning.

  Classroom Champions: NMBHS academic coach goes above and beyond in the classroom, on the football field

A North Myrtle Beach teacher was nominated for being a Classroom Champion.

UofSC eliminates spring break for 2021 citing COVID-19 concerns

Instead of a week-long break in March, the school has scheduled four "wellness days" off throughout the semester.

Clemson University instruction going online-only after Thanksgiving holiday

Officials said in a letter to students and staff that the decision was made after meeting with health consultants.

Horry County Schools virtual program suffers brief outage

The virtual program for Horry County students was down briefly on Thursday.

  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.

  HCS board members vote in favor of sticking with hybrid model until further notice

The Horry County Board of Education made some major changes to it’s ‘brick-and-mortar’ learning program during its meeting Monday night.

  Student Spotlight: Conway High junior enrolled in STEM program hopes to become a nurse

A Conway High School junior was nominated for our Student Spotlight segment.

  Conway mayor gets to experience teaching dream with virtual school

Conway Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy is getting to live out a dream, but not how you'd expect.

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

This particular Classroom Champion was nominated for her dedication to being a teacher and helping her students find their own passion.

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

An Horry County parent says he is concerned after receiving an email from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control stating a person may have been contagious with COVID-19 while inside his child’s classroom.

  Donation helps keep Florence School District 1 students digitally connected

The School Foundation was able to secure a $44,000 donation from the Foundation for the Carolinas to keep Florence One students connected.

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

South Carolina Education Superintendent Molly Spearman announced Tuesday more than $33 million in personal protective equipment is being distributed to all 81 public school districts.

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

Horry County school leaders are asking parents to be patient as they decide whether to continue face-to-face instruction in schools next week.

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

Most of the cases among schools in the state were reported in students, according to health officials.

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

The district released a statement on Friday afternoon stating that hybrid instruction would continue for Week 7 which comprises the dates of Oct. 19 through Oct. 23.

School choice advocates say thousands of SC families wanted SAFE Grants

The state Supreme Court struck down the grant program, saying the governor could not use public money to benefit private institutions.

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

Students of Florence School District 1 will no longer have to wait until after school to enjoy video games.

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

Socastee High School teacher Suzanne Troiani was nominated by a co-worker as a Classroom Champion.

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

The Oct. 8 COVID-19 disease activity report shows Horry County has “high” recent disease 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

In this week’s student spotlight, Conway High School senior, Sarah Courtney, is taking virtual classes full-time, earning college credits and is the only female senior swimmer on the swim team.

Three additional FSD1 schools receive $5K grant for gardens

A $5,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will enable three more Florence School District One schools to start a garden, officials said Monday.

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

The former Eastern Kentucky University President will officially take over the role on January 2.

CCU launches campaign encouraging students to vote in November election

Coastal Carolina University is raising awareness for the upcoming presidential election through an engagement campaign called ChantsVote, university officials announced Friday.

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

Coastal Carolina University’s search for a new leader has come to an end.

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

The Public Schools of Robeson County aren’t just teaching the importance of voting, they’re facilitating it.

  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.