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What is the next step for parents in Greenville County?
Parents have 6 days to opt into virtual learning—and so many more days to get through 2020 still with so many unknowns. So, for the next few months, I will take time to address questions, concerns, and updates that pop up along this journey, with Greenville County School’s spokesman, Tim Waller. I was able to catch up with Mr. Waller this afternoon for a quick chat and was able to learn a little more about the upcoming school year.
What do we know today?
- We know that the program outline on 7/21 found here, is the most solid plan (pending approval by South Carolina Department of Education), meaning it is not likely to change unless the department of education does not approve the plan. This was a change to the previously released plan that made days a little erratic between schedules. This plan streamlines the days for each color group. This should be it, but with so many outliers with COVID change is the only constant in any scenario nowadays. Mr. Waller summed it up perfectly when he said, “Flexibility is the best descriptor for this plan.” While the days might be flexible some things, we know that won’t change he confirmed, will be the disinfecting procedures, the improved ventilation systems allowing for fresh air flow, social distancing when possible, and the commitment to wellness checks of visitors, students, and staff. Children in grades 2 and up will have to wear masks provided by parents, for use when in close contact situations. These areas might be at the office, in hallways, or in close situations such as entering and exiting the school. While in the classroom, Mr. Waller explained that desks will be spaced 6 ft apart and masks will not have to be worn.
- The decision to call the 0,1, 2, or 5-day in-person week will not be last minute and quick changing decisions. It will follow the trend in infection rate as set forth by DHEC and the medical services director. As numbers we have observed over recent weeks remain high that gives us a picture of the trend in calling the plan of action for what will be most likely weeks at a time. The numbers are not up and down sharply, so though there is flexibility in the schedule it isn’t so much erratic changes day-to-day. Decisions are being made based on informed scientific and medical opinions from professionals having frequent conversations to make the best possible decisions in safety. Unfortunately, this is looking like a lot of eLearning in the coming weeks if numbers remain so high.
- For more up to date and open conversations surrounding these choices and more, the School System is hosting Facebook live conversations the next two days (typically around 2 pm) and has previously recorded sessions posted that are available to be watched at your convenience. You can find the link here.
Tuesday’s presentation with Associate Superintendent for Academics Jeff McCoy and an interview with Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Traci Hogan
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