FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County and several school districts across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee have announced plans for Friday because of the possibility of winter weather across the region.
Coastal Carolina University announced plans to switch to online classes on Friday.
Coker University will have virtual classes Friday. The dining hall will remain open and generators will be used in case of a power outage.
Francis Marion University announced plans to cancel all classes and activities Friday. Only essential staff are to report to campus, and they will be notified by the university.
Dillon School District 3 announced that it will have an e-learning day on Friday. Teachers have sent work home with their students, to be completed before returning to school on Monday.
Dillon School District 4 previously announced plans to have virtual learning on Friday.
Florence 1 Schools will have a district-wide virtual learning day on Friday ahead of the predicted winter weather. All after-school activities have been canceled. Meals will be provided at the end of the day Thursday.
Florence School District 2 will also operate on an e-learning day Friday. All after-school activities have been canceled. Students will have five days to complete assignments in case there are any issues with power or internet outages. Breakfast and lunch for Friday will be distributed at the end of the day Thursday.
Florence School District 3 will also have an e-learning day. Students will be provided assignments to turn in within five days. All after-school activities have been canceled. Meals will be provided at the end of the day Thursday.
Florence School District 5 will have an e-learning day Friday. All after-school activities are canceled.
Georgetown County Schools announced plans for an e-learning day on Friday. All schools and facilities will be closed, and all school activities, including athletic events scheduled for Friday and Saturday, are canceled. Teachers will upload assignments into Google Classroom (or provide paper packets). Specific instructions will be communicated to students and parents from their students’ teachers and school. All assignments must be completed and turned in by Jan. 28.
Horry County Schools will have distance learning on Friday, meaning schools and office buildings will be closed, and all activities, including athletics and other events, are canceled. All HCS employees will work remotely with the exception of school-based nutrition services staff, bus drivers, maintenance technicians, and building services staff. Parents and staff members will receive email communications with more detailed information regarding Friday’s operational plans.
The district said the distance-learning day will not have to be made up, and instruction will be provided through SeeSaw (K-2) and Google Classroom (3-12). Students who are unable to participate due to power outages, lack of internet service, or other barriers will have the opportunity to complete assignments at a later date.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College announced that it will operate on remote learning on Friday. All services and instruction will be offered virtually, weather permitting. Students who are scheduled to complete internship or clinical requirements on Friday will receive instructions from their faculty members.
Marion County Schools announced plans to operate on an e-learning schedule on Friday. All students will work from home using their devices to either attach to the internet or access their lessons saved on their hard drives. Teachers will hold office hours from 9 to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Students and/or parents may contact them via TEAMS, email or by phone during that time.
Marlboro County School District announced plans to have virtual learning on Friday. The basketball games scheduled for Thursday night will still be played.
Robeson County Schools announced plans to operate on an asynchronous remote learning schedule on Friday, meaning that there will be no live remote instruction. Teachers will prepare assignments that students can access and complete on their devices. All athletic events scheduled for Friday, January 21st, have been rescheduled, and high school EOC testing and exam make-up has been moved to Thursday. District CFA testing has been moved to Jan. 28
Scotland County Schools announce that all students and staff will have remote learning on Friday. Students will be sent home Thursday with a digital device for classwork and a pre-packed meal for Friday. The central office, maintenance and transportation buildings will be closed, and basketball and wrestling events on Friday and Saturday have been rescheduled.
South Carolina State University will hold classes virtually Friday. Students should log on to Blackboard at regularly scheduled class times. The cafeteria will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Pitt dining area will be closed.
News13 will update this story as more schools announce plans.