All in-person students at Florence One to attend 5 days a week

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FLORENCE, S.C. (WBTW) — All Florence 1 Schools students who are in-person will go to school five days a week, beginning April 12.

Students who are currently in the A/B model will return five days a week, while virtual students will remain virtual.

Parents who want to change their student’s learning method should complete a survey that opened at 4 p.m. Monday. Only parents wishing to change from in-person to virtual or from virtual to in-person should complete the survey.

“We had about approximately 600 people already fill out the survey and 75% of them wanted to come back to five days,” Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley said. “And about 25% wanted to go to virtual that were in-person- A/B or a five day. So I would hope that we’d finish the year, at least 75%, five days a week in-person, about 25% still want to be virtual.”

Florence One Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley says he wants the end of this school year to be as ‘normal’ as possible, ahead of what he hopes is a full return next school year.

Around 1,000 staff members were vaccinated last Friday at the Darlington Raceway.

“And we think time will allow some more employees to get the vaccine,” Dr. O’Malley said. “I know a few that got it this week, that couldn’t go on Friday. So I think our numbers are going to be quite high, those that are receiving the vaccination. And I think that’s why we felt at this point in time- vaccination, protocols, where we are with numbers going down, it was the right decision to move forward.”

Dr. O’Malley says there will be bigger class sizes so there will be more plexiglass and protocols.

The survey can be found on the Florence 1 Schools website. Schools will follow DHEC guidelines for in-person instruction.

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