SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced during a news conference Wednesday morning that South Carolina schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
Following the governor’s announcement, Greenville County Schools announced they would be continuing with eLearning through the last day of the school on Thursday, June 4.
“This is not the way anyone in public education would have wanted the 2019-20 school year to end, but given the circumstances, I want to thank Governor McMaster and Superintendent Spearman for acting decisively to keep schools on eLearning for the remainder of the year after hearing the concerns of educators about the difficulties of operating school while maintaining social distancing recommendations,” Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster said. “Though our students and teachers have been especially challenged to adjust to a new way of teaching and learning this year, they have done an incredible job making this change and have modeled resilience for all of us along the way.”
“I would also like to express my thanks to the GCS food service workers, transportation employees, and nurses who have been on the front lines preparing and delivering meals to children in our community. In fact, all our employees have stepped up and are continuing the operations of this district despite the challenges. Lastly, I want to say thank you to GCS parents. Many of them have been forced to balance work responsibilities with the roles of tutor and teacher, while also dealing with the stress of a pandemic and new economic realities. We should be proud of the way the entire Greenville community has responded to the unprecedented events of the last six weeks,” Royster said.
According to the release, teachers will continue to post assignments through Google Classroom for grades 3 through 12, and Choice Boards will be posted on the GCS website and food distribution sites for students in grades K-12.