Kids at South Carolina Schools Aren’t Going Back to the Classroom This School Year

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Parents have been anxiously awaiting news from Greenville County Schools on if the rest of the school year would be cancelled.

Well, it is. Kids aren’t going back into the classroom this year.

{{Insert virtual hug here}}.

South Carolina announced today that the rest of the 2019-2020 school year would be conducted online due to the impact of the coronavirus. The state certainly isn’t the first to take this course of action and many parents had guessed this would be the case but now we know for sure.

The announcement came from South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman, who had been working closely to figure out the best course of action.

Stay tuned to your own particular schools and teachers for specific directions on what comes next and how eLearning will continue or be altered.

Gov. McMaster said he understands the disappoint of kids graduating who won’t be able to walk at graduation ceremonies and is working with schools to figure out the best way to still mark the occasions.

“We want to be sure we have graduation ceremonies for those young people and their families,” McMaster said.

The SC Department of Education already announced last month a new grading system based on participation and also said no federal testing will take place this year.

We are incredibly grateful to administrators and teachers who have had to turn their entire education plan for the year on its head at the drop of a hat last month.


And to parents, you’re doing the best you can and we stand (virtually) in solidarity with you during this tough time.

About the Author
Kristina Hernandez is a mom of two girls, freelance writer and photographer. Originally from New Jersey, she is in love with the Upstate and could not imagine raising her kids anywhere else. She enjoys hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, camping, cooking, and exploring all that Greenville has to offer. And she really loves baby goats. Follow her on Instagram at @scadventurer.

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