Local doctor offers tips to keep children safe and healthy during full-time face-to-face learning

One of the best way parents can ensure their kids are better protected on the school grounds is to remind them to follow the same safety precautions they’ve been doing since the start of the pandemic.

  ‘We are ready, willing and able’: HCS partners with CMC to help vaccinate teachers

Horry County School Board approves process to fill late vice-chairman’s seat

  FSD1 eSports program receives national recognition during its first year

School in SC’s first hotspot proud of progress after more than 100 days of in-person learning

  School performance can be improved with a good night’s sleep

Horry County Schools to begin phasing middle schools back to five days of in-person learning next week

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College of Charleston planning to resume full-time, in-person classes in the fall

Marion County School District announces plans for five days of face-to-face learning

  State receives plans from Horry County Schools on vaccinations; asks for additional information

Georgetown Co. School District moving to 5-days, in person classes in March

  Robeson County teachers seeing success with mental health program

Teachers close to getting planned annual increase after it was put on pause

SC teacher groups react to new CDC guidance on reopening schools

The report suggests vaccination of teachers is not a key prerequisite for reopening schools.

  Superintendent: Every S.C. school district has been matched with a COVID-19 vaccine provider

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman will hold a virtual media briefing Friday morning.

SC Senate OKs bill clarifying state power for failed schools

The bill allows the superintendent to fire a failing school district’s board with the State Board of Education’s permission.

CCU to renovate campus library, build new learning complex

Coastal Carolina University has announced two new capitol projects.

  School board approves face-to-face learning model in Robeson County

  Teachers react to S.C. senate passing bill to vaccinate teachers quicker

State lawmakers hope to combat SC’s teacher shortage

  Local charter school says students are flourishing in face-to-face learning without plexiglass barriers

  S.C. Senate unanimously passes bill to move teachers to Phase 1a of vaccine distribution

  HCS says goal is to have plexiglass barriers at all schools by March 15

  HCS elementary schools go back to traditional learning structure

Elementary school classrooms in Horry County had twice as much learning underway Monday.

Darlington County School District approves second round of bonuses for teachers

The district approved of a similar bonus late last year.

Gov. McMaster rescinds suspension of FSD1 board member

The order also states criminal charges against the board member were dropped.

  Horry County elementary school students head back to classroom 5 days a week

After 11 months of only attending classes virtually or just in person two days a week, Horry County elementary school students are headed back to the classroom full-time starting Monday.

‘Unethical, immoral, absolutely unacceptable:’ McMaster responds to SC teachers’ push for vaccine priority

McMaster’s statement Sunday comes following an outcry from teachers late last week.

Horry County Schools responds to petition to stop installing more plexiglass barriers

The petition asks the district to stop barriers from being installed at more schools until certain issues are resolved.

  Bus locator, procedures as Horry County elementary students return to face-to-face learning

Many Horry County elementary students will head back for full-time face-to-face learning on Monday.

  Grand Strand, Pee Dee school districts outline COVID-19 vaccination plans for employees

It comes after Gov. Henry McMaster called on districts to submit their plans to the state.

Petition started to prevent Horry County Schools from installing more plexiglass barriers

The installation of plexiglass barriers in Horry County Schools continues to a controversial subject among parents, community members and teachers.

  Horry County Schools updates grab-and-go meal locations

Many elementary students will head back to the classroom five days a week starting next week.

South Carolina teachers pushing for COVID-19 vaccine priority

South Carolina teachers are pushing Gov. Henry McMaster to prioritize them in the current vaccine distribution plan.

SC State Fair taking scholarship applications

The South Carolina State Fair says they are accepting applications for their ‘Ride of Your Life’ Scholarship program.

Horry County Schools announce new grab-and-go locations for student meals

Horry County Schools announced Wednesday new locations for grab-and-go student meals.

  Horry County Parks and Rec offers five days of after school care at several locations

To help parents and guardians with care after the bell rings Horry County parks and rec is extending its after school program services.

  Second semester underway with more students in Horry County Schools classrooms

Horry County Schools has officially completed a full semester with the new pandemic learning structure.

  Spearman aims to get teachers in school vaccinated, no standardized tests for students

The state superintendent noted that the state has spent about $100 million dollars on tools to improve safety for teachers, students and staff.

SC school district offers teachers $2,000 bonuses

An Upstate South Carolina school district is offering all its teachers and other full-time employees a $2,000 bonus.

CCU continues efforts to improve freshman retention, graduation rates

Coastal Carolina University is seeing its freshman retention rate get a good boost after efforts to improve graduation rates.

Marion County student receives scholarship to Francis Marion University

The Governor Robert E. McNair Scholarship awards free tuition and other benefits to FMU.

Florence One taps school employees to help with bus driver shortage

Six employees with Florence One Schools took the district up on its offer for more money for driving buses.

  Some HCS parents support move to full-time in-person learning, others concerned

Horry County parents are sharing their thoughts as their children prepare to head back to full-time face-to-face learning.

Marlboro County schools to return to hybrid schedule on Feb. 1

The Marlboro County School District will return to a hybrid learning model on Monday, Feb. 1, according to officials.

  Local student welcomes Biden’s student loan forgiveness proposal

A key issue of President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign was to provide some forgiveness to federal student loans.

  Horry County elementary schools to move to five days of face-to-face learning starting Feb. 8

For the first time in nearly a year, some students in Horry County Schools will be going back to class five days a week.

Report: COVID-19 impact on SC teaching jobs still unclear; districts to be surveyed again

New data from the Center for Educator Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement showed some improvement in teacher recruitment and retention across South Carolina last year.

  Some area private schools continue with full time face-to-face learning amidst COVID-19

Many private schools in Horry County began the school year five days a week face-to-face.

  Advocacy group says there’s no excuse for S.C. leaders not communicating vaccine rollout plan for teachers

An advocacy group says school workers are continuing to be left in the dark about the vaccination process.

Opponents worry bill could expand private influence over SC public schools

Some state lawmakers are pushing to expand schools of choice in South Carolina under a new designation called “schools of innovation."

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

Area school districts have announced their learning plans for the next week.

  Teacher calls on HCS board chair after video shows crowded classroom after plexiglass installation

There have been some mixed opinions from teachers about how learning will go now that the plexiglass has been installed.

  Marlboro County schools to remain fully virtual through end of January

“We will continue to monitor our district’s numbers and make the best decision for our students and staff.”

Some Horry County virtual students could see new teachers for second semester

Some Horry County students could see a change in their virtual teacher assignment for the second semester due to updated enrollments, the district said.

  School board member calls for governor to prioritize teachers in Phase 1b of vaccine distribution

As it stands now, teachers will not receive priority for COVID-19 vaccine appointments when South Carolina moves to Phase 1b in the state’s distribution plan, but one school leader wants that to change.

Darlington County School District to remain virtual through Jan. 22

The district said it still plans to resume face-to-face classes later this month.

Florence County School District 3 to remain in virtual learning through Jan. 29

The district said the decision came after a board meeting on Wednesday.

  Horry County senior reacts to district’s decision to return to hybrid learning

Horry County Schools announced Wednesday students will return to hybrid learning beginning next week.

Georgetown County School District introducing ‘Hybrid Plus’ model next month

The district says the option will be implemented in some schools on Feb. 1.

  Horry County Schools to resume hybrid instructional model next week

Students in Horry County schools will resume a hybrid learning model next week.

Public Schools of Robeson County to extend virtual learning

Robeson County students will continue with virtual learning for at least another month.

Georgetown County School District decides to extend remote instruction another week

Students in the Georgetown County School District will continue learning at home for another week.

  Horry County Schools superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

The superintendent of Horry County Schools has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Horry County Schools to make decision Wednesday on if students will return to hybrid learning

Leaders with Horry County Schools said a final decision has not yet been made about whether students enrolled in the hybrid learning program will return to the school grounds next week.

  Horry County parents weigh in on sending children back to classroom

Ahead of Monday night’s Horry County School Board meeting, parents voiced their opinions on if students should head back to class soon.

  Florence School District 1 students to remain fully virtual for additional week

Citing a record number of COVID-19 cases in Florence County, officials announced that Florence School District One students will continue with fully virtual learning for an additional week.

  Horry County School Board set to discuss learning model Monday

Officials with Horry County Schools will meet Monday to decide if students return to school later this month as planned or continue distance learning.

Teacher group urges South Carolina schools to move fully virtual in new letter

SC for Ed posted the letter to social media Sunday afternoon, citing a high spread of the virus across the state in the past two weeks.

Gov. McMaster proposes $48 million to expand full-day 4K program

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is proposing $48 million to expand access to a state-wide program that provides full day kindergarten for low-income 4-year-olds.

Board chairman: HCS officials to decide Monday if students head back to school, continue remote learning

HCS officials announced in December that students would move to remote learning for two weeks after returning from the winter break.

Georgetown County School District to return to hybrid learning beginning Jan. 19

Georgetown County students will return to a hybrid learning model later this month.

HCS vice chairman hospitalized with COVID-19, chairman says

He was first elected to the board in 2008. according to the district's website.

  S.C. educators say quarantine procedures highlight substitute teacher shortages

Several South Carolina school districts are going virtual for another week due to some teachers having to quarantine after the Christmas break.

  Some Florence School District 1 employees begin receiving COVID-19 vaccine

McLeod Health recently reached out to the district about providing COVID-19 vaccines to some employees.

Staffing shortages linked to coronavirus in Georgetown County School District

There are 66 staff members in the Georgetown County School District who either have COVID-19 or are in quarantine.

S.C. Dept. of Education deactivates COVID-19 complaint form for teachers, students, families

The South Carolina Department of Education deactivated an online form that allowed teachers, students and families to report instances where COVID-19 protocols were not followed in schools.

Staffing issues force Georgetown County School District to continue remote learning

Georgetown County students and teachers will have to continue learning from home for an extra week.

Ronnie Burgess, longtime HCS administrator, passes away

Longtime Horry County Schools administrator Ronnie Burgess has died, district spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said.

Horry County Schools explains why some staff must report to buildings during distance learning

Some voiced concerns about staff members heading back into buildings and WMBF News reached out to HCS to get some answers.

Meal pick-up available for Grand Strand, Pee Dee students in fully virtual learning

While area students will be learning fully virtually, parents will still be able to pick up meals for their children.