Upstate SC, WNC, GA Back to School information by school district

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(WSPA) – School districts across the country are scrambling to figure out how to conduct school during a pandemic, and many are deciding on in-person instruction, virtual learning, as well as a mix of both.

Below you’ll find links and information that will be continuously updated, as school districts in Upstate South Carolina, Western North Carolina and Northeast Georgia submit their final plans for the 2020-21 school year.

SOUTH CAROLINA

On July 15, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster directed South Carolina school districts to submit their plans for reopening, which must include giving parents a choice of either five-day in-person instruction at school or virtual learning, by July 17.

McMaster said South Carolina schools should also consider selecting Sept. 8 as the date to reopen for school, which he said will allow districts to complete plans and allow for the districts to communicate with parents.

The following is the latest information and links to school districts here in the Upstate:

Abbeville County School District

Anderson School District 1

Anderson County School District 2

  • The school district’s plan for reopening includes two models — face to face instruction, as well as virtual learning. Read more here.
  • To fill out a Declaration of Intent for 2020-2021 School Year, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: http://www.anderson2.org/

Anderson County School District 3

Anderson School District 4

Anderson School District 5

Cherokee County School District

Greenville County Schools

Greenwood County School District 50

  • Greenwood County School District 50 parents will have two options for school in the fall: Traditional or virtual. Parents are asked to take the Back to School Survey by July 23. Take the survey here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.gwd50.org/

Greenwood County School District 51/Ware Shoals School District

  • Read the superintendent’s message on Planning for Students’ Leaning in 20-21 here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.gwd51.org/

Greenwood County School District 52

Laurens County School District 55

Laurens County School District 56

School District of Oconee County

School District of Pickens County

  • Pickens County students will start school on Aug. 24. To view the revised 20202-21 school calendar, click here.
  • The school district’s plan for a combination of face-to-face instruction and eLearning will remain in place for the first six weeks of school. View the 2020 Reopening schedule here.
  • Pickens County Virtual Academy will also begin on Aug. 24.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: http://www.pickens.k12.sc.us/

Spartanburg County School District 1

Spartanburg County School District 2

  • Spartanburg County School District 2 students will return on Aug. 17. Read more about the district’s learning options here.
  • For a full list of safety precautions, click here.
  • For information on District 2’s Virtual Academy, click here.
  • For a list of School Bus Safety Protocols and other Transportation information, click here.
  • For enrollment information, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.spart2.org/

Spartanburg County School District 3

  • Spartanburg County School District 3 said students will start back on Aug. 17, offering three different levels of in-person and virtual learning based on the spread of COVID-19. For more information, click here.
  • The district said they will require face masks for all students and teachers during transitions and when class activities “significantly reduce physical distancing.”
  • Read the district’s entire plan here.
  • For parents interested in the D3 Virtual School option, click here.
  • For enrollment information, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.spartanburg3.org/

Spartanburg County School District 4

  • Spartanburg County School District 4 said students will attend school either through a hybrid model or virtual.
  • Students will be assigned A or B schedules according to their last names and/or home addresses.
  • The first day of school for A schedule students will be Monday, Aug. 17, and the first day of school for B schedule students will be Tuesday, Aug. 18. For more information, click here.
  • Parents wishing for their student to be enrolled in the school district’s virtual academy must complete the “Declaration of Intent” form by July 31.
  • For more information the district’s back to school plan, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.spartanburg4.org/

Spartanburg County School District 5

  • The school district said school will start on Aug. 17 and will give families the option of either a hybrid instruction or an online-only option.
  • The deadline to enroll in Spartanburg Five Virtual Academy is July 29.
  • To learn more about the two learning options, click here.
  • For information on the Back to School Transportation Registration event, click here.
  • For enrollment information, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.spart5.net/Page/1

Spartanburg County School District 6

  • The district’s first day of school is scheduled to be on Aug. 17, using a hybrid model
    • The hybrid model will have students coming to school two days a week and they will receive three days of distance learning. For more information, click here.
    • The virtual academy registration deadline is July 29
  • For District 6 Reopening information, click here.
  • To read the D6 Roadmap to Reopening Plan in English, click here; to read in Spanish, click here.
  • For information on D6’s Virtual Academy, click here.
  • For student registration for 2020-2021, click here.
  • Kindergarten Open Enrollment information can be found here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.spart6.org/

Spartanburg County School District 7

Union County Schools


NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced on July 14 that the state’s public schools will open for in-person instruction, as well the give districts the option to have remote learning.

Opening for in-person learning is under the state’s Plan B for school reopening, and will require face coverings for all K-12 students, fewer children in the classroom, measures to ensure social distancing for everyone in the building, as well as other safety protocols. Cooper said the state will also provide at least five reusable face coverings for every students, teacher and school staff member in schools.

Visit the Strong Schools NC Public Health Toolkit for more information.

The following is the latest information and links to school districts here in Western North Carolina:

Avery County Schools

  • Avery County Schools said the school year will start on Aug. 17. Read the full letter to parents and students here.
  • The 2020-2021 supply lists by grade can be found by clicking here.
  • Click here to download and print the 2020-2021 School Calendar
  • To enroll your student in Online Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year, click here.
  • For more information, call Avery County Schools at 828-733-6006 or visit the school district’s website: https://www.averyschools.net/

Buncombe County Schools

Graham County Schools

  • Graham County Schools will begin school on Aug. 17.
  • See the 2020-2021 school calendar here.
  • Due to COVID-19, the school district will not be holding an onsite Kindergarten Registration Day. Click here to download and print the packet online on the district homepage OR visit the elementary school office and pick up a packet.
  • Graham County families that have had a financial status change due to loss of income from COVID-19 can fill out a free and reduced application to see if you qualify for a P-EBT card. Applications can be found at Graham County Schools Central Office.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website here: http://www.graham.k12.nc.us/

Haywood County Schools

  • Haywood County Schools to start school on Aug. 17, with options for both in-person instruction and online learning.
  • To register your student for online enrollment, click here.
  • See the 2020-2021 school calendar here.
  • For information on Kindergarten Registration, click here.
  • For more information, call Haywood County Schools at 828-456-2400 or visit the school district’s website: https://www.haywood.k12.nc.us/

Henderson County Public Schools

  • Henderson County Schools will start back on Aug. 17, with a full remote learning model for the first six weeks.
  • Grades K-5 will remote learn from 8 a.m. -12 p.m.
  • For more information about the district’s plans, click here.
  • To enroll your student in Haywood County Schools, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website here.

Jackson County Public Schools

  • Jackson County Public Schools will start the school year on Aug. 17 with both classroom and remote learning.
  • The school system is currently collecting information from families with enrolled students regarding their preferences and intentions for instruction and transportation for the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to fill out the Return-To-School survey.
  • To read the school system’s Re-Entry & Remote Learning Plan for Fall 2020, click here, or visit jcpsnc.org/reentry.
  • To enroll your child in Jackson County Public schools, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website here: https://www.jcpsnc.org/

Macon County Schools

  • Macon County Schools said schools will start on Aug. 17.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.macon.k12.nc.us/

Madison County Schools

  • Madison County Schools’ first day of school will be Aug. 17.
  • See the 2020-2021 academic calendar here.
  • To read the Parent-Student Handbook Requirements for Reopening, click here.
  • Read the superintendent’s updates on COVID-19, as well as see helpful resource links here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.madisonk12.net/madisonk12

Polk County Schools

  • Polk County Schools are planning on students returning on Aug. 17.
  • Read the superintendent’s update on the 2020-2021 school year here.
  • For information on Remote Learning, Free WiFi service, online tools and apps, requirements for the use of face coverings and masks, as well as healthy habits, click here.
  • For Remote Learning information, click here.
  • The school district is asking students to complete a Student Survey for feedback on the recent remote learning.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://polkschools.org/

Rutherford County Schools

  • Rutherford County Schools will start school on Aug. 17.
  • See the 2020-2021 school calendar here.
  • To see the school system’s Remote Learning Continuity Plan for Emergency School Closure, click here.
  • To see the latest RCS Parent Update, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.rcsnc.org/

Swain County Schools

  • Complete the 2020-2021 Back to School Parent Survey here.
  • Remote Learning Resources can be found here.
  • To enroll your child in Swain County Schools, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.swain.k12.nc.us/

Transylvania County Schools

  • Transylvania County Schools will start school on Aug. 17.
  • For the latest information on COVID-19, click here.
  • To apply for free and reduced lunch, click here.
  • Read a message from Superintendent Dr. Jeff McDaris here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.tcsnc.org/

Yancey County Schools


GEORGIA

Stephens County School System

  • Stephens County School System plans to be open for in-person instruction on all campuses Aug. 5. Read more frequently asked questions here.
  • According to a letter from Superintendent Daniel Oldham, parents are asked to complete a 2020-2021 Reopening Survey by July 21. If parents select to begin school virtually, they will then need to complete a virtual school application. Parents that cannot complete the online survey, call the Central Enrollment office at 706-898-5117. To take the survey, click here.
  • For more information, visit the school system’s website: https://www.stephens.k12.ga.us/ or the

Franklin County Schools

Hart County Charter System

  • Hart County Charter System plans for the first day of school to be Aug. 17, with parents given the options of in-person instruction and online learning. Parents must decide on if they will be choosing online learning by July 30. If no choice is provided, the traditional in-person instruction will be provided. Four days will be added to the end of the school year, with the last day of school for students being Friday, June 4.
  • For more information on the 2020-2021 Hart County Charter System Instructional Options, click here.
  • To register for virtual learning, complete the registration form here.
  • Important phone numbers and names
    • Hartwell Elementary – 706-376-4425 – Principal Lydia Bennett
    • North Hart Elementary – 706-856-7369 – Principal Haley Smith
    • South Hart Elementary – 706-856-7383 – Principal J.T. Stewart
    • Hart County Middle School – 706-376-5431 – Principal Jackie Brock
    • Hart County High School – 706-376-5461 – Principal Kevin Gaines
    • Hart County Board of Education – 706-376-5141

Elbert County School Distrist

  • Elbert County School District is planning to begin school on Aug. 17, with either face-to-face instruction or an EC Online option.
  • Face-to-face instruction: Students will continue to learn from teachers though the Google Classroom platform, and have printed work packets, in case of temporary closure.
  • EC Online option: Parents must be able to provide a reliable internet connection, grades 6-12 has an 18-week commitment and grades K-5 has a 9-week commitment
  • See the proposed school calendar here.
  • All students and staff are asked to self screen, and those with symptoms will be asked to stay home.
  • Read the full School Reopening Overview by clicking here.
  • For more information, visit the school district’s website: https://www.elbert.k12.ga.us/Domain/4

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