A bill affecting students and families in Greenville County making its way through the South Carolina legislature is almost certain to be passed and signed into law imminently. It demands that students return to in-person learning five days a week by April 26th.
Currently, only high school students are not back to full-time, in-person instruction, which the district is now set to change to comply with the law.
The Greenville County School district said this morning that all plexiglass will be removed at the high school level this Friday (students are eLearning then) and desks will be arranged three feet apart in rows.
“This means that students will not be able to follow the social distancing guidance recommended for our current community incidence rate, but will be seated 3 feet apart without plexiglass,” wrote Tim Waller, Director of Media Relations at GCS.
This new law does not affect students who are in the Virtual Program.
“High school families currently in our brick and mortar (traditional) attendance plan will have the option to attend school five days or to remain on the 75% attendance schedule, beginning Monday, April 26,” said the email to the media. “Students who remain on the 75-percent plan should continue to participate in eLearning on their at-home days.”
The district does not expect mange changes at the elementary and middle school levels since those grades have been back to five days a week, in-person instruction since before Christmas. They don’t expect families in the Virtual Program to ask to switch their kids to in-person this late in the year, especially since it could cause changes in teachers and schedules.
The district has stated multiples times their goal to get students back to full-time in-person instruction as soon as it was safe to do.
If your child wants to participate in the Virtual Program through GCS next year, you can learn more about registering them here.