Plans for Beaufort, Colleton Co. schools ahead of teacher rally

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) – School districts in the Lowcountry are making preparations as some teachers plan to attend a rally at the Statehouse on Wednesday.

The Colleton County School District has canceled classes, adding that they do not have enough substitute teachers to assure school safety.

The district has about 5,500 students and 400 teachers. At last check, 187 teachers have requested personal leave for Wednesday.

In a statement, the district said that its Board Of Trustees will discuss a makeup day at a meeting Tuesday.

In Beaufort County, school is still on for Wednesday, although a closing announcement could come later Tuesday.

Officials tell News 3 that out of 1,700 teachers, 415 have asked for leave.

The school district has approximately 260 substitute teachers ready for Wednesday, and they plan on asking for help from other schools who may not have as many teachers gone.

It’s unclear if all teachers who asked for a personal day intend on heading to the teacher rally. But thousands of teachers are expected to go to the Statehouse calling for smaller class sizes, more support staff in schools like counselors and better pay.

Along with Colleton County, four other school districts in South Carolina will be closed Wednesday. This includes Lexington-Richland District 5, Dorchester District 2, Chester County and Richland School District 1.

Some story info via The Associated Press

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