Today, Greenville County School has sent a message to parents and students after Gov. McMaster announced Wednesday schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of the year.
“This is Greenville County Schools calling with today’s update. You may have heard that South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced this morning that South Carolina schools will not return to in-person instruction, but will continue with eLearning through the end of the school calendar. The Governor based his decision in part on the challenges of maintaining social distancing in a school setting. Please be aware, as required by state law and contractual obligations, GCS will continue with lessons through the remainder of the scheduled school year. We will share more information later this week on returning paper packets from the first four weeks of eLearning. We know this is a difficult situation for almost everyone and we thank you for continuing to support your child’s learning, despite the many challenges of this time,” GCS said in their message.
Previously, public schools in Greenville, as well as the rest of the state, were closed mid-march to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. School shut downs paved the e-learning program to students and teachers. Food centers and meal delivery sites were also set up for students reliant on food provided in schools. Buses equipped with Wi-Fi were also set up for students without internet connection.
The decision to remain closed is for the protection of students and employees as the rule for social distancing cannot be maintained on school buses or in school settings. E-learning will still continue through the last day of school on Thursday, June 4, 2020.