SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – At a special Friday morning meeting, the Dorchester District Two school board gave their blessing to allow the superintendent to move specific schools or classes into virtual learning when needed.
According to Superintendent Joseph Pye, Friday’s meeting was a way to educate parents and the community about the district’s plan for the future when it comes to coping with COVID-19.
They want to avoid at all costs that the entire neighborhood goes to virtual learning. So they plan to move to virtual learning on a case-by-case basis.
They use 30 percent of the students and staff that are gone as a general guideline for when they will transfer.
Pye says he doesn’t want to call a special meeting every time a school or class has to switch to virtual. Friday’s meeting was a way for him to get permission to make the decision himself, just like in other emergencies.
According to district officials, all of this stems from the rapidly rising number of Covid-19 cases in the community plus the toll faced by teachers and staff at schools in the district.
Several directors speaking today say they have administrators and guidance counselors taking classes. Spanish teachers who provide the lessons of AP Calclusus. Multiple classes at the same time in the library. All directors say their staff has been burned out and the safety and quality of learning are being compromised.
So the district will use that 30 percent of students and staff as a loose guideline to switch a school to virtual learning.
“We want them to know that’s how we view it. Just because it’s 30, we can call it that,” Pye said. “There are many more things. It could be a school that is 25 or 28, but it could be the size of the school, the amount of help they have. It could be a serious problem with the operation of the school, which is why we have to do it.”
There is one school that the principal says will be transitioning to virtual learning next week, but he didn’t announce which one at this meeting because he wanted all parents to learn at the same time.
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