Semester Change
  • HCS Second-Semester School Options

    The information below is for parents/guardians requesting their child change from either K-12 HCS Virtual to Brick-and-Mortar or Brick-and-Mortar to K-12 HCS Virtual. No action is required if your child plans to remain in their current instructional model.

K-12 HCS Virtual to Brick-and-Mortar


  • Parents of students in the K-12 HCS Virtual Program will have an opportunity to move their student(s) back to the brick-and-mortar school for the second semester. 

    • On December 7, 2020, an email will be sent to parents of students in K-12 HCS Virtual which contains a link to the commitment form for their students to return to their brick-and-mortar schools for the second semester (February 1, 2021 - June 16, 2021). 
    • The form must be completed by midnight on December 14, 2020, in order for students to be withdrawn from the K-12 HCS Virtual program and returned to the brick-and-mortar schools. 
    • The form must be completed for each child that a parent wants to return to the brick-and-mortar school. 
    • No action is required if your child plans to remain in the K-12 Virtual Program.
    • The link will be active from December 7, 2020, through midnight on December 14, 2020.  After this window of time, there will be no opportunities for parents to make this request.
    • Parents of K-12 HCS Virtual students who do not receive an email on December 7, 2020, should email brickandmortarreturn@horrycountyschools.net prior to the December 14th deadline. 

Brick-and-Mortar to K-12 HCS Virtual


  • Parents of students in brick-and-mortar schools will have an opportunity to move their student(s) to the K-12 HCS Virtual Program for the second semester.

    • On December 15, 2020, an email will be sent to parents of students in our brick-and-mortar schools which contains a link to the commitment form for their students to transfer into the K-12 HCS Virtual Program for second semester (February 1, 2021 - June 16, 2021). 
    • The form must be completed by midnight on December 22, 2020, in order for students to be withdrawn from their brick-and-mortar school and transfer to the K-12 HCS Virtual Program for second semester.
    • The form must be completed for each child that a parent wants to transfer to the K-12 HCS Virtual Program. 
    • No action is required if your child plans to remain in their brick-and-mortar school.
    • The link will be active from December 15, 2020, through midnight on December 22, 2020.  After this window of time, there will be no opportunities for parents to make this request.
    • Parents of brick-and-mortar students who do not receive an email on December 15, 2020, should email virtualprogramrequests@horrycountyschools.net prior to the December 22nd deadline. 

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Important Information to Consider When Making Your Decision

    • All decisions are final. Once submitted, you cannot change your decision.  This change will be a semester commitment until June 2021.  If you have any questions, your student’s guidance counselor is available. 
    • HCS will continue to follow our current health mitigation strategies in our brick-and-mortar setting, as recommended by public health experts and officials. 
    • HCS is working expeditiously to install plexiglass in all classrooms. As per SCDHEC recommendations, this will allow student spacing of three feet apart. This additional mitigation effort will allow us to bring more students back into the classroom and increase our face-to-face instruction from 2-days a week to 5-days a week. We will begin installation at the elementary schools first and then move to middle schools and onto high schools. We are hoping to have all elementary schools completed by December 23, 2020. A date on when 5-days a week face-to-face instruction will begin has not yet been determined; however, parents will receive at the minimum a five days notice of this change. 
    • Students and staff will follow the most current face-covering recommendations per SCDHEC.
    • Staffing decisions are dependent upon student enrollment.  We will align our staff to match any adjustments that may be necessary.
    • Students who change to the brick-and-mortar instructional setting will be placed in either an existing class or a newly created class, depending upon the number of requests at the grade level/course and capacity in that school. 
    • Our goal is to keep as many students with their teacher(s) in their current setting (virtual and brick-and-mortar) to provide as much stability as possible.  However, we cannot guarantee that a teacher will move or remain with a particular group of students, as it is impossible to predict how many change requests will be submitted. 
    • It may be necessary for a student's Cohort (Group A or Group B) to change for second semester. 
    • Parents and guardians, please make sure your email address in PowerSchool is current and valid.  If you need to make a change to your email address, you should contact the Data Quality Clerk at your child's base school.