Editor’s note: Video in the player above contains Monday’s numbers. The story has been updated to reflect Tuesday’s numbers.
HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Schools (HCS) has added student quarantines to its COVID-19 dashboard.
As of Tuesday, there are 9,000 students in quarantine across the district, according to the dashboard. That’s up from 6,800 Monday. The district has about 45,000 students, so about 20% — or one in five students — are in quarantine.
“To try and build her up to that to feel comfortable to go and be excited and then after two days have it kind of ripped away from you — it stinks, it’s hard,” said Kary-Anne Cyr, the parent of an HCS student.
HCS said students in quarantine can take their personal learning device home to receive and turn in assignments, plus log onto virtual school. Another parent told News13 her kid’s class is lucky to still be in school but fears it’ll happen to her son, who she said already had COVID-19 last year.
“It was terrifying seeing him go through it once, not knowing if it was going to go away and it was scary,” Misti Jordan said.
Jordan’s son, Scout, is a 7th Grader at Ten Oaks Middle School, where 90 kids are currently in quarantine. To stop the spread, Jordan said she wants masks in schools.
“I would love for a mask mandate to take place tomorrow. Right now,” she said.
Cyr said she’s afraid this will be a never-ending cycle.
“Personally, I want things to be normal — as normal as possible,” Cyr said. “If you’re sick, stay home. If you have a fever, stay home.”
The district said it’s trying to increase the number of people who can track COVID-19 cases but do not have anything in place at this time.
At the beginning of the school year, student quarantines were not included on the dashboard, but staff quarantines were.
View the district dashboard here.