COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) – Two State Representatives from Greenville County were on the list of lawmakers who introduced a joint resolution Tuesday calling for schools in South Carolina to make full-time, face-to-face learning an option for parents.
The joint resolution calls for the state:
“TO PROVIDE FULL FACE-TO-FACE INSTRUCTION MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE AS AN OPTION IN ALL PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS FOR THE DURATION OF THE PERIOD THAT THE GOVERNOR ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDERS EXERCISING EMERGENCY POWERS CONCERNING COVID-19, SARS, OR BOTH, AND TO PROVIDE ALL EMPLOYEES OF SUCH DISTRICTS MUST BE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL WORKERS DURING THIS PERIOD.”
Rep. Bobby Cox, one of the co-authors of the resolution, posted this about it on Facebook:
“Today I introduced a joint resolution that would mandate all public K-12 schools in South Carolina offer a five day in person instruction option during a time of a state of emergency.
This is desperately needed for our working families and students. Virtual option would still be available for those not comfortable with in person but we have to give parents the option to get kids back in the classroom.
Thank you to all the parents and teachers I’ve heard from and for the legislators who have supported this. Time is short to get this passed. Contact the legislature to let them know you support this.”
Rep. Mike Burns, also from Greenville County, said, if passed, the resolution would mandate that all districts offer five days a week in-person, but parents could still choose a virtual academy option.
"A huge number of parents, particularly in our area up here, who are wanting 5-day instruction and personally I’ve got kids on the road that I live on that have no internet," Burns explained in a phone interview. "And I know for two weeks they haven’t had any instruction. They came down and they finally, they asked my wife could they get on our WiFi and sit on our steps and do their homework. And it’s just a bad situation where kids are falling through the cracks."
Burns also added that he feels it is important that school district employees be considered essential workers.
"They’re important to our state and education just like our healthcare workers are,"Burns said. "We’ve got grocery store workers, we’ve got truckers, we’ve got all kinds of people who are out keeping the state going and you know, our school system needs to step up and keep our educational process going
The resolution was introduced on Tuesday and referred to Committee on Education and Public Works.
Click here to read the full text of the resolution.