Middle School Update on Return to 5-Day, Face-to-Face Instruction

Released February 25, 2021

Now that all elementary schools provide 5-day, face-to-face instruction, HCS will continue phasing the return to 5-day, face-to-face instruction in our middle schools and then high schools. You will receive at the minimum a 5-day calendar notice of this change.

The decision for brick-and-mortar schools to return to 5 days of face-to-face instruction does not affect the K-12 HCS Virtual Program. If your child is currently enrolled in the K-12 HCS Virtual Program, this message does not impact you.

Beginning on Thursday, March 4, the following middle schools will return to 5-day, face-to-face instruction:

· Aynor Middle
· Conway Middle
· Loris Middle
· Whittemore Park Middle

Like many school districts in South Carolina, HCS has been working expeditiously to install plexiglass in our schools. As per South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) recommendations, this will allow student spacing of three feet apart. This additional mitigation effort will allow us to safely bring more students back into the classroom and increase our face-to-face instruction from 2 days per week to 5 days per week. While plexiglass will reduce social distancing requirements in the classroom from six to three feet, masks/face coverings will be required in all school areas.

HCS will continue to provide an updated timeline on the plexiglass installation and the dates that individual schools will return to 5-day, face-to-face instruction. Our goal for completion of plexiglass installation for all schools is mid-March.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to return students to face-to-face instruction.