Back to School

  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.

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

Georgetown County schools transitioning to hybrid plan

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

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

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

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

Continued Coverage

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

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

  Horry County Schools providing WiFi hotspots for homeless children

  First day of hybrid learning receives mixed emotions from HCS parents

  CHECK-IN: Private schools in S.C. weeks into face-to-face learning

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

  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

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

Afterschool programming available at several locations throughout Horry County

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

  Bus cleaning procedures for Horry County Schools ahead of first day of school

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

  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.

  Horry County parents, students receive class schedules for face-to-face learning

Horry County students enrolled in the hybrid learning program now know which days they will be in a classroom.

  Horry County Schools provide more details about the virtual learning program

In a video released by HCS, Cox said the virtual program will not be just like the distance learning every student went through this spring.

  Horry County Facebook group donates 50 gallons of hand sanitizer to schools

The need for hand sanitizer is at an all-time high as thousands of Horry County students make their way back to school next week.

  ’We’re ready’: How HCS nurses prepare to care for students during a pandemic

Going back to school during a health crisis makes the role of school nurses more important than ever before.

  Georgetown County schools will utilize remote instruction for first two weeks

The Georgetown County School District has released its plans for the first two weeks of the 2020-2021 school year.

  Educators prepare to keep students from falling behind after months of distance learning

Months without face-to-face learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic could have some parents worried about how successful their students will be this school year.

  ‘Do the best you can’: HCS parents weigh in on juggling hybrid learning schedule

With a hybrid learning model now set for Horry County Schools students, WMBF News spoke with parents on how they plan to juggle the schedule.

State awards contract to HTC to provide internet access to Horry County students

To be eligible, the student must live in a household that doesn’t have internet access and has an annual income of 250% or less of federal poverty guidelines.

  Darlington County School District releases LEAP week schedule for K-8 students

Officials with the Darlington County School District have announced the LEAP week schedule for the week starting Sept. 8 and running through Sept. 14.

  Doctor has advice for high-risk students, family members before school resumes

If your child is considered at-risk say they have asthma or diabetes experts recommend considering their learning environment.

  Horry County students to use hybrid model as they return to school

Families in Horry County have an answer on how students will learn when the school year kicks off next week.

  Florence One Schools announce ‘School Dismissal Manager’

Florence One Schools will implement a new system to safely dismiss students this school year, the school district announced Monday morning.

  Local pediatrician discusses benefits of face-to-face learning ahead of upcoming school year

Health experts are weighing in on the talk you should have with your children about the 2020 school year.

  Myrtle Beach church hands out school supplies, hoping to help local students prepare

The drive comes just before Horry County Schools' decision on how classes will be taught starting Sept. 8.

  DSS offering temporary certifications to meet childcare needs during e-learning

When many students start the school year working from home, some could go without adult supervision. The Department of Social Services developed a way to help those families.

  Horry County Schools awaits new DHEC report for final answer on learning environment

Monday is a big day for families of Horry County students.

  Horry County Schools gives first look inside classrooms ahead of the 2020-2021 school year

For the first time, WMBF News got an inside look at how Horry County Schools are preparing classrooms in case students head back to school campus on September 8.

  HCS continues to finalize teaching assignments, district officials say

Despite continued uncertainty over how the 2020-2021 school year will begin, Horry County teachers returned to work Thursday for the first Teacher Work and Staff Development Day.

  Horry County students complete five days of face-to-face instruction during ‘LEAP Days’ Program

Horry County Schools wrapped up the statewide “LEAP Days” program on Wednesday, which provided some students face-to-face instruction before the school year begins.

Florence District One Schools install ‘UV Angels’ in all health rooms

Florence District One Schools has an extra tool in its belt to try and keep students and staff safe and healthy during the upcoming school year.

  Tips to navigate cyberbullying ahead of the school year

Cruel messages, nasty comments and sharing photos are just some things students may experience with cyberbullying.

  Coastal Carolina University official addresses parties, large gatherings

Socializing is a significant part of the college experience for many students but this year, they aren’t seeing much of it due to COVID-19.

  Darlington County School District to begin school year with all virtual instruction

The school district unanimously voted to start the school year on Sept. 8 with all virtual instruction for at least the first two weeks.

  Tips for creating at-home student learning spaces for virtual learning

The start of the school year is just two weeks away, and for families participating in virtual learning, back-to-school means creating the perfect learning station for your students.

  ‘It takes a village‘: HCS principal says first day of face-to-face LEAP day instruction a success

For the first time since March, some Horry County students were able to return back to the school grounds.

SC Supreme Court to hear case regarding funds allocated by McMaster for private schools

Arguments will be heard at the state Supreme Court on September 28.

COVID-19 forces NC State University to move undergraduate classes online

NC State’s chancellor says that due to COVID-19 undergraduate classes will be moving online.

  State mandated LEAP days program begins Thursday

Students across South Carolina have a sneak peek into what face-to-face learning will look like this fall.

  Horry County teachers express concerns over change in classroom mask policy

The state Department of Education now says masks can be removed in certain classroom settings.

Conway Sports and Fitness Center hosting bookbag, school supply giveaway

The Conway Sports and Fitness Center will be giving away bookbags and school supplies for the upcoming school year.

  Williams Middle School has precautions in place ahead of start of new school year

The start of school for Florence School District 1 is less than three weeks away, and teachers and administrators are working to make sure their schools are safe for the return of students on Sep. 8.

Chauncey meets Chomp: HGTC, CCU kicks off events to welcome ‘bridge students’ to campus

Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University kicked off a week-long event on Tuesday to welcome ‘bridge students’ to each of their campuses.

  HCS provide update on virtual learning, in-person instruction to be decided after Aug. 31

The Horry County Board of Education provided an update Monday night about the virtual learning program for K-12 students, which will be starting in three weeks.

  Robeson, Scotland County school districts head back to school virtually

Monday was the first day of school in North Carolina, but not every district is bringing students and teachers back to the classroom.

UNC-Chapel Hill undergraduates to begin fully remote instruction after COVID-19 cases increase on campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reports 130 COVID-19 tests came back positive last week, along with five employees.

  Some local private schools welcome students back for face-to-face learning

Hundreds of children returned to school Monday morning as private schools in our area opened their doors for face-to-face learning, along with some public schools in North Carolina.

SCDE face covering guidelines for K-12 public schools

While wearing a mask is required, there are some exceptions.

Nearly 300 HCS educators apply to be virtual teachers for 2020-21 year

Hundreds of educators in Horry County Schools have applied to be a virtual teacher ahead of back to school.

Over 3K students sign up for virtual academy in Darlington County, superintendent says

Parents in Darlington County are now able to participate in a back-to-school survey ahead of the upcoming school year.

  Educational barriers heightened for special needs students during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has had widespread effects on children's learning. Special education students have felt this strongly.

  Horry County Schools requests thousands of masks from the state, other PPE for reopening

When students in Horry County get back in the classroom a new item will be on the students’ school supply list: a mask.

Florence 1 Schools reopens registration for virtual school program

Florence 1 Schools is giving parents another opportunity for parents to enroll their students in the district’s virtual program.

  ‘Definitely nerve-wracking’: CCU welcomes some new students to campus during pandemic

To make the process of moving in and starting classes less nerve-wracking for parents and students, CCU put some changes in place.

McMaster announces 70 S.C. school districts to receive $10 million in PPE

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster is making sure schools have the proper equipment to make sure students and teachers are safe when they head back to class.

FDTC to offer four different learning options for fall semester

Florence-Darlington Technical College is offering students four different modes of instruction for the fall semester, which is set to begin on Aug. 24.

Applications now open for free, reduced lunch from Horry County Schools

Horry County parents can now enroll their students in free or reduced lunch for the upcoming fall semester.

  Coastal Carolina to begin welcoming students back to campus on Aug. 12

Coastal Carolina University will begin welcoming students back to campus on Wednesday.

Georgetown County students to begin school year in remote learning phase

The Georgetown County School District announced Monday that students will begin class in the remote learning phase for at least the first week of school.

  Thousands of Horry County students show interest in virtual learning program

Monday is the last day for parents interested to register for Horry County Schools virtual program.

South Carolina DSS recommends foster children attend face-to-face instruction at schools

The Department of Social Services in South Carolina is recommending that children in foster care attend classes in person when that option is available.

Kroger to offer discount for parents, educators for back-to-school supplies

The company recently announced that parents and educators will receive an extra 10% on general merchandise.

Kroger offering extra savings on school supplies to SC teachers, parents

The promotion runs through Sept. 9 at participating stores.

  ‘A Day of Hope’ to provide back-to-school supplies to over 300 children

With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new school year, a lot of people are in need of some hope.

  Majority of reopening plans for Pee Dee schools approved

While Horry County school leaders wait to hear a response from state education leaders, a majority of school districts across the Pee Dee have had their reopening plans approved.

  CCU to set up COVID-19 sick bay for students

Coastal Carolina University is planning to set up a separate off-campus housing facility for any student living in campus housing who tests positive for COVID-19.

  ‘We’re stocked up’: Teachers, parents to take advantage of S.C. Tax Free Weekend

South Carolina’S 72-hour tax-free weekend kicks off Aug. 7-9.

  FSD1 superintendent holds Facebook live to answer questions, discuss back-to-school plan

Florence School District One Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley held a Facebook live to answer some of the frequently asked questions by parents and dove deeper into the district’s back to school plan.