Greenville Co. Schools releases changes to in-person education plan

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GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville County Schools announced changes Monday to its in-person education plan, known as Destination: Return to In-Person School.

According to the news release, parents requested for the students’ schedules to be more consistent.

As part of the plan, students were divided into four categories based on the first letter of their last name. Below are the categories:

  • A-D – Blue
  • E-K – Red
  • L-Q – Green
  • R-Z – Purple

The Original Plan

On weeks when students could only attend in-person classes one day a week, the schedule will be:

  • Monday – Blue
  • Tuesday – Red
  • Wednesday – Green
  • Thursday – Purple
  • Friday – All groups participate in eLearning

When not attending in-person classes, students will participate in eLearning.

On weeks when students could attend in-person classes two days a week, the schedule was:

  • Monday/Wednesday – Blue and Red
  • Tuesday/Thursday – Green and Purple
  • Friday – eLearning

Parents told the school system more consistent schedules would help with childcare and planning.

New In-Person Schedule:

The district took the parent’s concerns into consideration and released the following schedule for when students will be able to attend in-person classes two days a week:

  • Monday/Wednesday – Blue and Green
  • Tuesday/Thursday – Red and Purple
  • Friday – eLearning

The district said the changes will allow for more consistency as students to shift back and forth between one and two day attendance schedule. The district also offered a YouTube video to help explain the schedules. Click here to watch the video.

(Source: Greenville Co. Schools)

Parents who need to change their child’s color category due to issues with childcare or transportation can do so by filing out this form, according to the district. Changes will be based on space availability on buses and in classrooms. The district has asked for changes to only be requested if absolutely necessary.

Greenville County Schools is sharing more details about how they plan to keep your children safe from the spread of COVID-19 this school year.

All 93 schools in Greenville County will all have slightly different safety precautions  decided by individual principals.

At AJ Whittenberg Elementary School, desks will be spaced 6 feet apart and any time students or teachers are within 6 feet of one another, they must wear face coverings.

Face coverings will be provided for staff, but students must bring their own. 

Rigorous cleaning throughout the school will take place once a day and buses will run at 50 percent capacity with assigned seating. 

Throughout the county, students can choose to attend school in person or online and the school district plans to adjust the amount of days students will attend per week, based on data from DHEC.

“We are going to have protocols in place affecting recess and lunch, and whether they are going to eat in the cafeteria, their desk in the classroom,” Greenville County Schools Spokesperson Tim Waller said. “We are going to do everything in our power to keep students safe.”

Greenville County Schools will release its social distancing plan to parents Tuesday July 21st and plans to finalize bus schedules within the next couple of weeks. 

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