GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) – The Georgetown County School District will no longer be accepting applications for their new virtual option after this week.
The district says nominations close at noon on Friday.
Georgetown County School District Director for Innovations and Special Programs Genia Smith said when the school year started they were hoping it would be a normal school year, but now with increasing cases of COVID, they offer the virtual option.
Smith says it will be a 5-day-per-week option, with two classes per grade level with 25 students each.
The virtual program option is only available to students in Kindergarten to Grade 6, but Smith says they limit it to those levels since students 12 and older can get the shot.
âWe really wanted to see how could we support our families while still making sure our kids were in school,â Smith said.
Smith says that according to state regulations, each district can offer up to 5% of their registration for virtual registration. This means that the virtual program is limited to approximately 400 students within the school district.
About 600 applications for the program have already been submitted, so Smith says they’re prioritizing students who expressed interest in virtual learning last year.
Smith says the district sent in an interest form to assess who would be interested in a virtual option if needed this year. Those who have expressed their interest will then have priority in virtual learning. Smith says the second priority will be those with medical issues and then the selection will be based on the date you applied to the program.
Smith says some teachers have also volunteered to go virtual, even before the program was announced. She says the district is now asking more teachers to volunteer for the program.
âFamilies need to understand that to continue with this program, academics and attendance are of the utmost importance,â Smith said. âWe cannot let our students miss out on all the learning or all the teaching and learning that takes place in our buildings. “
In addition to live classes throughout the day, Smith says there will also be classes for special areas like art, physical education and music in the virtual program. She notes that there will also be times for intervention and guidance counseling. The district says they are focusing on social and emotional learning checks, even throughout virtual learning.
Smith says they plan to let families know next week if they are accepted for the virtual program and expect the virtual program to begin on October 4.
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