Horry County Schools to remain hybrid despite ‘high’ disease spread

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HORRY CO, SC (WBTW) — Horry County Schools will remain hybrid despite being back in the high disease spread category for COVID-19.

The district announced on Thursday just after the high disease activity rating by DHEC for the county, “However, due to the low number of COVID-19 incidents directly affecting Horry County Schools, the District will continue to operate under the hybrid instructional model for the week of October 19.”

The state Department of Education earlier in the day encouraged Horry County Schools to remain hybrid despite being back in the high disease spread category for COVID-19.

“In regards to Horry, we would support and encourage Horry’s decision to remain hybrid given the mitigation strategies in place and the success of other districts offering face to face instruction in similar circumstances,” the department told News13 on Thursday. 

The district bases it’s weekly instructional plans off of DHEC’s recent disease activity report, which moves Horry County back into the “high” disease spread level. The “high” disease spread level would put HCS in the 5-day distance learning instructional model for the week of Oct. 19.

The instructional meters can be found on Horry County Schools’ website.

The state Department of Education works with districts that asks for assistance, according to Chief Communications Officer Ryan Brown. “We have asked all districts to notify us when they are considering or have decided to change operations,” Brown said.

Brown pointed to the CDC’s School Decision-Making Indicators that were released last month. “The CDC weighs the school/district’s ability to implement the five key mitigation strategies the same as the virus spread in a given area. This is important for district’s to consider as they review the weekly DHEC disease activity reports.”

Here is the table of indicators:

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