In a morning school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Royster was asked about the return of 5 days a week in-person classes in Greenville County. His reply included several scenarios and one response created some concern on social media. However, in speaking with Tim Waller at Greenville County Schools. Dr. Roysters response included several scenarios that could lead to 5 days a week in-person classes.
- A drop or stabilization in infection rates
- Community support through social distancing and wearing of mask
- Development and deployment of a vaccine
Most of the controversy stemmed from the idea that return to 5 days a week in-person classes was contingent on a vaccine. Tim Waller said while a it would be a game changer, a vaccine is but one path towards returning to 5 days a week in-person classes.
Social Distancing Requirements a Big Factor
DHEC is recommending students and teachers maintain six feet distance at all times. Tom Waller explained maintaining six foot social distancing is impossible at Greenville County Schools with full attendance. With that being said, it would be up to DHEC to change this policy to allow full attendance at Upstate schools.
Safety Will Guide GCS Decisions
This week, Greenville County Schools returned to 2 Days a Week in-person classes. Tim Waller indicated that the District will evaluate the Covid-19 infection rates in the next week to 10 days to see if there is a jump in infections after the Labor Day holiday weekend as they plan their next move.
As they have done throughout this process, Waller said that Greenville County will proceed with caution and let student/teacher safety guide their decisions on school scheduling. If schedule changes are warranted, parents will be given 5 days notice prior to any schedule modifications.
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