Change from SC Department of Education - as reported by District One on August 12, 2020
"When our Reopening of Schools Plan was approved by the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) two weeks ago, it was approved with a contingency that we offer an in-person option for our students no later than September 14. On Monday (August 10), we were notified that SCDE has removed that contingency.
That change means we will not have to add a one day a week in-person option as we were planning to do to meet the contingency. The plan we will implement for the 2020-2021 school year will be the same Reopening of Schools Plan outlined in our Restart Strong Reopening of Schools Guide, which is posted at www.richlandone.org/restartstrong.
Under our Phase-In Model, we will begin the school year with eLearning and transition to in-person instruction two days per week then to in-person instruction five days a week only if/when the COVID-19 risk rating for Richland County decreases accordingly. The other option for our students is our R1 Virtual School Program, which is a yearlong model.
While the one day a week in-person option would not have been a requirement for students, we recognize that some parents may have signed up their children for the R1 Virtual School after learning we had to include that in our plan.
Now that the contingency has been removed, if you would like to withdraw your child(ren) from the Virtual School Program, please click on the following link and submit the withdrawal form by Monday, August 17: https://bit.ly/33TDD88."