State Superintendent Molly Spearman Approves Twenty Five School District Reopening Plans
July 30, 2020
Columbia, S.C. - Today, State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced the approval of twenty five school district reopening plans submitted to the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).
"School district leaders, working alongside their local communities, continue to put forward high quality options for parents that take into account the academic and social needs of students along with the safety precautions and protocols required in the current pandemic environment," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. "On the state level, we are committed to ensuring that the safety needs of every school is being met in preparation for reopening. Every citizen can help in this effort by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing their hands regularly, and staying at home when sick."
The twenty five school districts whose reopening plans were approved today are:
Abbeville County School District
Aiken County Public School District
Beaufort County School District
Calhoun County Public Schools
Darlington County School District
Edgefield County School District
The School District of Greenville County
Greenwood School District 50
Hampton School District One
Kershaw County School District
Lancaster County School District
Laurens County School District 56
Lexington County School District One
Lexington County School District Two
Lexington County School District Three
Lexington School District Four
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties
School District of Newberry County
School District of Oconee County
Orangeburg County School District
School District of Pickens County
Williamsburg County School District
York School District 1
Rock Hill School District Three (York 3)
Fort Mill School District (York 4)
These approved plans are in addition to the six approved by Superintendent Spearman on July 27th. The SCDE is still in the process of reviewing the remaining plans that have been submitted to the agency and will announce additional approvals in the coming days.
In order to be approved school districts must meet key criteria set by the SCDE. These criteria include – offering both a virtual and face to face option, a time frame to review operational plans to move towards full five day face-to-face instruction model, and the establishment of how high quality instruction and a broad range of student services will be provided. Unlike the emergency remote learning that was required during COVID-19 school closures, students participating in virtual options will have a daily instructional schedule, receive frequent teacher feedback, and face high standards for earning passing grades.
Detailed information regarding approved plans can be found by following this link.
South Carolina Department of Education, 1429 Senate Street, Columbia, SC 29201, United States