Greenville County Schools announced on Wednesday, Sept. 23 that it would allow some groups of students to return to four- or five-day-a-week classes.
The school district will phase in the groups deemed safe to return to extended in-person days starting next week. The added in-person days will be phased in to acclimate students and teachers to the necessary protocols in place to protect against any spread of COVID-19, according to Greenville County Schools Superintendent Burke Royster.
Students are currently attending in-person instruction two days of the week and eLearning three days of the week based on the school district’s current attendance plan, which changes based on the COVID-19 community spread.
First grade students and preschool/elementary special education self-contained students will be phased into a five-day-a-week in-person schedule over the next three weeks.
Middle school and high school special education self-contained students and career center level II students will be phased in to a four-day-a-week in-person schedule over the next two weeks. These teachers will continue to provide support for the virtual program and for career center level I students throughout the week and on Friday, so these students will have eLearning on Friday until announced otherwise.
The groups selected to go back to more school days were chosen based on the instructional needs of the students. The hands-on learning of career center students is necessary in preparing for certifications, Royster said.
Those in special education classes “are our students that have the most significant barriers to learning,” he said, and would benefit from in-person instruction. The younger grades are also “building the foundation” for their education, he added.
In the coming days, Royster said that Greenville County Schools will be planning on having more in-person days for other students groups.
“While we are not yet ready to announce the timeline, within the next 10 days, we will likely announce to you the dates for moving forward with pre-K and kindergarten regular ed,” said Royster.
The superintendent added that that announcement will also include a phased-in approach to ensure safety for students, teachers and staff.
First gradestudents and preschool/elementary special education SELF-CONTAINED students – phasing in four-day-a-week in-person instruction over next three weeks
- Week of Sept. 28 – attend Monday or Tuesday based on color group. Beginning Wednesday all first graders and preschool/elementary special education self-contained students will also attend Wednesday and Thursday. The net result is that all students in these categories will attend in-person school three days next week (Monday or Tuesday PLUS Wednesday and Thursday).
- Week of Oct. 5, all students in these categories will attend four days of school — Monday through Thursday.
- Week of Oct. 12, all students in these categories will return to five-day-a-week in-person instruction until further notice.
MS and HS special education SELF-CONTAINED Students and Career Center Level II Students – phasing in four-day-a-week in-person instruction over next two weeks
- Week of Sept. 28 – attend all classes Monday or Tuesday based on color group. Beginning Wednesday attend all self-contained classes and Career Center Level II courses on both Wednesday and Thursday. The net result is that all students in these categories will attend school/career center classes in person three days next week (Monday or Tuesday PLUS Wednesday and Thursday). Career center students will follow the district-wide attendance plan (currently Plan 2) for their regular education classes — this change only impacts attendance at their career center classes.
- Week of Oct. 5 and until further notice, all students in these categories will attend self-contained classes and career center courses four days – Monday through Thursday. Career center students will remain on Plan 2 for their regular education classes — this change only impacts attendance at their career center classes.