Updated on 7/20/20 to include a revision announced by Greenville County Schools.
Greenville County Schools announced on Friday, July 10 that students will have the option of in-person classes this upcoming school year, but they will be informed week-to-week on the schedule depending on conditions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The released plans, called Destination: Return to In-Person School, that will allow families to plan what the next school week holds, according to Tim Waller, the school district’s director of media relations.
Students will be assigned specific colors depending on their last names. Those with a last name starting with A-D are blue, E-K are red, L-Q are green and R-Z are purple.
“On weeks when conditions permit, all students in all color groups will attend school all five days. But on weeks when different factors come into play [high COVID-19 spread-rate, large number of teacher/student absences, etc.], students in all color groups will either not attend in-person classes or they may attend one day that week, depending on conditions,” Waller said in an email. Waller released charts depicting the overall plan.
“If there is no in-person school, students will participate in eLearning all five days. On weeks when only one day of in-person classes are allowed, students will spend the other four days eLearning,” he continued.
For the days when one or two days of in-person instruction is allowed, the color scheme for the students is key.
If the district allows one day of in-person instruction, then students who are in the blue group will attend on Monday, the red group will attend on Tuesday, the green group will attend on Wednesday and the purple group on Thursday.
On July 20, the district announced a change to the original plan due to feedback by parents. For the weeks when two in-person school days are allowed, blue and green groups will attend on Monday, red and purple groups on Tuesday, blue and green again on Wednesday and red and purple again on Thursday. All students will complete eLearning on Friday.
“The revised system allows for more consistency as students shift back and forth between one and two day attendance schedules,” Waller said in announcing the update.
When students aren’t in school, they will be required to complete eLearning. Parents who need to change the color group their child is in should complete this form.
In June, the school district revealed it would expand its virtual program to allow 5K through 12th grade students to participate in full-time online instruction during the 2020-2021 school year as an option.