GREENWOOD, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenwood School District 50 announced the district will have virtual learning days centered around Labor Day.
The virtual learning days are Friday, September 3 and Tuesday, September 7. The district will observe the Labor Day holiday as scheduled on Monday, September 6.
The district said students will not report to school on Friday and Tuesday.
This decision is coming as the district says over 800 students are in quarantine, which is almost 10% of their student population.
Greenwood District 50 media relations, Johnathan Graves, says those numbers aren’t surprising, considering the high number of cases across Greenwood County.
“If you look at our numbers now we’re getting close to where we were last year in terms of the Covid numbers,” Graves said.
The district says if cases get worse, they’ll have discussions on next steps for the school year.
“It’s been our rule from the very beginning to first of all we make sure we’re safe in our schools and second of all that we’re able to deliver the instruction integrity our children need to learn,” Superintendent for District 50, Dr. Steve Glenn said.
Dr. Glenn sent a statement, saying:
“Our students and staff have worked extremely hard during the first few weeks of school despite the continual challenges presented by the pandemic and the high community spread we are experiencing. Our top priority has always been to provide our students with quality instruction in a safe learning environment. We have monitored our student and staff absences on a daily basis during the first few weeks of schools and recently released a COVID-19 dashboard with our numbers. In an effort to continue providing our students with great instruction while doing it safely, we feel it is in the best interest of our schools, students, staff and community to have two virtual learning days around the Labor Day holiday. This will allow us to maximize a contact break and reduce face-to-face contact. We look forward to everyone returning to school on Wednesday, September 8.”Dr. Steve Glenn, Superintendent
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