Parents of Horry County Schools students will be able to opt back into in-person classes

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CONWAY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County Schools announced Monday night that parents will be able to soon opt into in-person classes.

“We have heard from several parents whose personal situations have changed and would like their child to go back into a classroom, parents who found out that they do not have the support they need at home to assist their virtual student(s), and parents who feel the virtual program was not what they thought and would like their student(s) to return to a classroom,” a spokesperson from HCS said.

During a board work session, the district said parents can make a commitment to opt their child back into brick and mortar school, beginning on Wednesday, September 16.

Parents who are currently choosing to have their children learn through the brick and mortar school option can also choose to switch to the virtual option.

The deadline to make the change is Sunday, September 20.

“We will first reach out to current virtual students tomorrow to see who may be interested in transferring back to their brick and mortar base school,” HCS said. “Acceptance back into the brick and mortar school will be based on space availability and the ability to maintain social distancing inside the classrooms. Virtual parents will receive information tomorrow (Sept. 16) and the deadline is Sunday, September 20. Students will remain in the Virtual Program until they receive notification from their base school that space is available and they receive a schedule.”

Hours earlier, the district announced that schools will continue to operate with limited face-to-face instruction next week. The decision was based on weekly reporting by DHEC. Monday’s disease activity report showed Horry County was at a medium spread level for the third consecutive week. You can read more here.

Some parents voiced concerns to News13 about a number of issues, including with communication and with what they believe is a discrepancy between virtual learning students and in-person students.

Count on News13 for updates.


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