HCS 5-Day, Face-to-Face Instruction Update - March 5, 2021

Released March 5, 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 a child is currently enrolled in the K-12 HCS Virtual Program, this message does not impact the student.

Beginning on Friday, March 12, the following school will return to 5-day, face-to-face instruction:

· Green Sea Floyds Middle and High School

This announcement completes the return to 5-day, face-to-face instruction for the entire Green Sea Floyds attendance area. Our goal for completion of plexiglass installation for all high schools is mid-March.

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.