5-day a week instruction; virtual option still available

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  With the board’s support, at the Tuesday, March 16 regular board meeting, Dr. Phipps announced that all grade levels would transition to 5-day in-person learning on Monday,  April 12. The virtual option will be available for the remainder of the school year. 

  The COVID infection rate and quarantines are dropping significantly in our schools and offices. This will also put us in line with other districts around us. 

  Masks will still need to be worn and social distancing when possible. More information will be coming soon from your student’s school. 

    Superintendent Jonathan Phipps said “It’s going to be tough. Some districts have moved faster than we have. I make no apologies for that. We looked at the CDC, DHEC, and South Carolina Department of Education to guide us…by the time we go back (five days) most of our teachers will have had the opportunity to get their first vaccine and some will have received their second. Our infection rate is the lowest it’s been in a long time, if ever. All these things together, it is really moving in the right direction.”

  Athletics will be played and will follow the same protocol as the first semester.

  Area high schools are not planning proms this year due to social distancing concerns.

  High school graduations will be June 10 & 11. Each graduating senior receives 6 tickets. Graduating classes sit on the field together with masks. Friends and families that have tickets sit in the bleachers together with masks and distanced from the next family and friends. Students will receive detailed instructions from their schools closer to the graduation dates.