BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – Friday morning the Beaufort County School District (BCSD) released details of a plan to reopen its classrooms.
Governor Henry McMaster shut down schools across the state in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The plan can be viewed on the school district’s website.
BCSD’s plan waits for approval from the South Carolina Department of Education.
According to district officials, parents have two options under the district’s plan.
Parents can choose face-to-face learning where students report to school buildings five days a week, or virtual learning where students complete their classroom assignments online.
The face-to-face plan requires students, teachers and school staff to wear masks during the school day, and it also details protocols for what will happen if students or school staff become ill.
There will be smaller classes and social distancing guidelines.
School buses may have more routes and will have fewer students on board.
So far, 60% of parents who have registered their kids for school have chosen the in-person option.
After 117,000 responses to the county survey and looking at the facts and data from medical experts statewide, the system believes this is the best way to get back into education.
By moving the start date back to Sept. 8, there is more time for training and preparation.
“There is still a tremendous amount of uncertainty about what the first day will look like. That’s why the time we have will really require us to monitor conditions to choose what we will do on the very first day,” said Dr. Marvin Bradley, COO of Beaufort County Schools.
$4.9 million will be spent from the CARES act to help with home education equipment, including laptops, and wifi cards for virtual students.
“Every parent and every educator agrees that in-person instruction, where students work with their teachers in school classrooms face to face, is the most effective way to go,” Superintendent Dr. Frank Rodriguez said. “Our reopening plan summarizes how that will happen as soon as we can do it safely.”
Read reopening plan below: