Greenwood school district to return to hybrid schedule after increase in COVID cases

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases, Greenwood School District 52 will return to the hybrid schedule on Thursday Nov. 19, the district announced.

The move comes after incidence rates in the county of coronavirus topped 201 cases per 100,000 people.

โ€œWhen we were planning to go to a five-day-a-week, we understood there was a second wave coming through,” District 52 Superintendent Dr. Rex Ward said. “We put in a metric to say, if it starts entering the high rate again on the two-week incident rate of 201 or higher on a five-day average, then we would make the call to go back to hybrid.โ€

Ward told 7News the district has received feedback from parents that ranges from gratitude to frustration.

“I totally understand everybodyโ€™s concerns and point of view,” he said. “I have the same concerns, academically, but youโ€™ve got to be concerned about health and safety before you can be concerned about health and safety at this time, in this environment.โ€

“Gold” students will attend school on the 19th and 20th and “maroon” students will report on the 23rd and 24th. District officials say both maroon and gold students will participate in the remote learning day on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Students will follow the hybrid schedule after the Thanksgiving break.

They say they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 numbers and their plan is to bring students back to a 5 day a week schedule as soon as the numbers decrease.

The district has not yet figured out when all students can return to a normal schedule.

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