The Greenville County School District issued the following media release Wednesday.
Greenville County Schools is pleased to announce the return to 4 or 5-day-a-week in-person classes for some students.
Ever since our Roadmap for a Return to In-person School was introduced over the summer, our goal has been for students to return to the classroom full time as soon as it is safe to do so.
Under this plan, certain student groups will begin the process of transitioning to additional in-person classes next week.
All students, including 1st graders and special ed students, will be required to wear masks when transitioning (hallways, entering school).
Classes at the Fine Arts Center are not included because student numbers do not allows for social distancing in all programs.
At a press conference this morning, Dr. W. Burke Royster, Superintendent of Greenville County Schools, explained why they chose these specific groups of students for the first phase of more days of in-person education.
"The compelling reason for these groups: these are our students that to be taught most effectively require greater face-to-face, in-person instruction," Dr. Royster said. "You think about a Level 2 Career Center student, they're doing all kinds of hands-on application of the skills they need for the certification they are seeking... those classes are small and tend to be in large shop areas."
Further, Dr. Royster explained that the first graders and all ages of self-contained special education groups need the most in-person education.
Additionally, these three groups are the most suited to still holding up the "Four Corners": staying six feet apart, wearing a mask, frequently washing and sanitizing hands, and staying home when feeling sick.
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