State Superintendent Molly Spearman approves twenty five school district reopening plans

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.