Horry County Schools releases draft of 2021-22 In-Person Plan, passes budget with no tax increase

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County Schools released a draft of its 2021-22 In-Person Plan, which describes how the district will safely return to in-person instruction and the “continuity of services for all schools.”

The draft of the plan was released and the district wants feedback from employees, parents, and community stakeholders. A survey was posted online to collect feedback. The survey can be taken on the Horry County Schools website.

The district is required to develop the plan in order to receive more than $125 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund.

“We have to have this plan to receive [the money],” Superintendent Dr. Rick Maxey said.

Survey questions include:

  • Which of the following learning loss concerns you
  • Which type of program do you believe HCS should adopt
  • What type of health and safety measures are essential to you

All responses to the survey are anonymous unless someone chooses to identify themselves in their comments.

The fall semester will begin five-day, in-person instruction while also providing a virtual program option for students. The in-person draft plan describes how the district will provide a safe return to in-person learning.

“So we are aware this plan says one thing but as we move toward the start of school, it will change and we are required to revise our plan so we do know that’s coming, but for right now, we’re following the things that are in the plan,” said Velna Allen, student services chief officer.

Limiting non-essential visitors and activities, providing hand sanitation stations, and following all CDC guidelines are just some of what’s included in the draft plan. It’s also a requirement that 20% of the funds be used towards academic loss caused by the pandemic.

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“The plan includes strategies providing annual growth, in language arts, math to all students,” Academics Chief Officer Boone Myrick said. “It also includes college and career readiness for high school students and catch-up growth for students impacted by the pandemic.”

A revised plan will be presented at the June 21 Board of Education meeting for approval.

Another survey will be issued later in the summer for input on how the money should be used, according to the district.

At Monday’s meeting, the district also approved the budget, which includes no increase in taxes. The district also said plexiglass would be removed over the summer in time for the fall semester.

News13’s Maria DeBone is at tonight’s board meeting and will have more on WBTW News13 at 11 p.m.

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