Pickens Co. Schools plan to use 'eLearning' program to replace inclement weather make-up days this year

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Although some Upstate school districts are implementing an eLearning program to keep students from having to use make-up snow days, Greenville County Schools said for them, it isn't a viable option.

The School District of Pickens County announced Wednesday they will begin an eLearning pilot program, allowing students complete assignments online during inclement weather. All students in the district from fourth grade to high school seniors have access to school issued devices like Chromebooks. Students in younger days will be assigned make-up work.

Anderson District 5 is testing a similar program and said all students from kindergarten to grade 12 have Chromebooks.

As of now, schools in Greenville County have not discussed eLearning in lieu of snow days, though.

A spokesperson for the Greenville County Schools said they are in the process of rolling out devices to students in grades 3 through 12, but even if all schools had Chromebooks now, students in kindergarten, first and second grade wouldn't be able to participate.

The district also said not every family has internet connection in the district and since ice often causes power outages, it's not an "equitable or practical solution" for their schools.

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