Horry County Schools votes to send re-opening plan for state approval

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — The Horry County Schools board voted Tuesday to send the district’s re-opening plan for state approval before it becomes finalized.

The full plan is 51 pages, but is not final until approval is given by the state. Spokesperson for the SC Department of Education Ryan Brown confirmed Wednesday the state received the proposal and could have a decision on approval or rejection as early as next week.

The board said the disease level on Aug. 31 will determine which method they start the school year with. Virtual learning will begin Sept. 8. Virtual learning students will still be eligible for extracurricular activities.

Parents are asked to pre-screen students every morning before school and students with symptoms of COVID-19 should not go to school.

The district said it will provide masks with a clear mouth covering for younger students and will provide cleaning resources for classrooms. Students will also be encouraged to bring water bottles as the water fountains will be turned off.

Students and staff will be required to wear masks inside the classrooms.

Around 7,000 parents out of the 8,000+ who answered the district’s survey said they are interested in complete virtual learning. Parents who choose the virtual learning option will have to commit for at least one semester.

View the full re-opening plan below:

Below is the full presentation from Tuesday’s board meeting:

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