Witherspoon said district officials at the large midlands district in Columbia, South Carolina decided extend the virtual learning period through “at least” January 29 due to increasing COVID-19 cases.
He said Richland One officials “do not want to create a situation in which a series of schools may open only to have to close due to staffing concerns due to COVID-19 positivity rates, isolation and quarantine protocols.”
The extended virtual-learning period “allows the district an opportunity to assess vaccination protocols for teachers and other staff,” he said.
As of Monday, Richland One had 18 active student COVID-19 cases and 18 active employee cases, according to the district’s dashboard (below). Richland One has more than 22,000 students and 4,500 employees.R1-Covid-Tracking_as-of-11Jan2021
A report released this week confirms what many have feared — remote learning is not working in South Carolina and students are falling even further behind in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The report — which compiled data from test scores of 222,000 South Carolina students in grades 3-8 — projected that 70 percent of students who took Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) growth tests in the fall will not meet grade level standards in English/ language arts and math this year.
As of Monday, 13 of South Carolina’s 79 districts were virtual-only.
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