Will S.C. public schools be reopened this school year?

A decision to open the state’s public schools will be made this week as coronavirus restrictions are being relaxed.

“We’re not quite ready to make an announcement,” said S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman in a WIS-TV interview Monday.

“But “I can assure you, by the end of the week,” Spearman said, “that we will make an announcement and it will be done in the best interests of our students and our teachers and faculty.”

Public boats ramps were allowed to reopen last week. And retail stores and public beaches are expected to be allowed to reopened later today by Gov. Henry McMaster.

Spearman noted that the schools, McMaster closed on March 16, have been out six weeks. All learning has been moved to online. There are about six weeks left in the 2019-20 school year.

Spearman told WIS the S.C. Department of Education has asked superintendents regarding a preference on coming back, and discovered “overwhelmingly, they said they don’t think it’s in our best interest to go back to school.”

Spearman said she is concerned that some students are not faring as well as others, especially special needs students that need one-on-one instruction.

She said the risk is being weighed of coming back to school for just a few weeks.


  1. I have a child with special needs, she’s going to 10th grade next year. She is doing 3rd and 4th grade work in some of her classes. Sad to say but she has not had any lessons sent to her in the subjects on e-learning. Now she will go on next year without having learned basic skills. Like adding, subtracting and how to manage money as far as counting. People think we’ll I should teach her but kids listen to other adults in the teaching field better and the environment is different than home. I am concerned that these students will drop through the cracks.

  2. There is no way to social distance in a school! I have 30 computers and most classes have 28 students in a small lab! Just not safe at all.

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