CHARLOTTE — Some schools in our area have had to resort to virtual learning due to staff shortages, COVID-19 infections and quarantines.
The Senate is pushing a bill that would give public school districts the power to decide how to hold class instruction for this school year, concerning whether shifting individual schools or classrooms from in-person to remote instruction.
Below is a running list of schools impacted by COVID-19 and their current status:
Dudley Shoals Elementary School (Caldwell County): Will have students learning remotely until Sept. 13.
Christ the King High School (Huntersville, NC): Switching to remote learning from Sept. 1-7 after 26 positive cases spread throughout multiple grades. All extracurricular and athletic events are also paused during this period.
Cabarrus Charter Academy (North Carolina): Starting Aug. 30, the school said students will use Zoom and Schoology to access live instruction and complete assignments. Click here for more information. The school said students will return to in-person classes on Sept. 13.
Indian Land Intermediate School (South Carolina): Moving to virtual instruction beginning Monday, Aug. 30. Planning to resume in-person instruction on Tuesday, Sept. 7.
Forest Creek Middle School (South Carolina): The school moved to virtual learning after 29 students and two staff members tested positive and more than 100 students had to quarantine. The school plans to go back to in-person learning on Sept. 9.
The South Carolina State Board of Education approved virtual learning programs for 33 school districts. For the full list of the districts approved, visit the state education website.
The following guidelines were required of the programs:
- At least 25% of the instruction must be through synchronous instructional opportunities;
- Each course must be taught by a teacher holding a valid SC teaching certificate for the course(s) being taught virtually;
- Provide for frequent, ongoing monitoring of an individual student’s program to verify each student is participating in the program;
- Include proctored assessments for core subjects per semester that are graded or evaluated by the teacher;
- Conduct required state assessments for all students following testing requirements;
- Conduct at least bi-weekly parent-teacher contact in person, electronically, or by telephone;
- Provide for a method to define and verify student attendance;
- Provide for verification of ongoing student progress and performance in each course as documented by assessments and examples of coursework;
- Participate annually in a program review conducted by the South Carolina Department of Education
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