GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - Greenville County Schools announced Tuesday night that due to continued improvement on the Greenville County Spread Data metrics as reported by DHEC, schools will move to Attendance Plan 2 the week of September 7.
Under this plan, students will attend in-person school two days a week and will be on eLearning the other three days.
Under this plan, GCS said approximately 50 percent of students will be in the building each day.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, students in the Blue and Green attendance groups will still only attend one day the first week (Wednesday). Under Attendance Plan 2, the Blue and Green students attend in-person school on Monday and Wednesday, while Red and Purple students attend in-person on Tuesday and Thursday. All students are on eLearning on Friday.
Attendance Plan 2 will be in effect until further notice.
“What we wanted to see more than anything was a downward trend in the COVID spread rate," said district spokesperson Tim Waller.
Greenville County hadn’t logged more than 100 new CVID-19 cases in a single day since Aug. 7, according to DHEC. That is, until Monday this week when DHEC reported 186 new cases in the county.
“We’re going to move to Attendance Plan 2 with the caveat that there is no sudden swing in the numbers," Waller said.
But if Monday’s spike in cases turns out to be an outlier, Waller said school could be back to normal within the next couple of months.
“We could see five day in person attendance very soon," he said.
Officials said the goal remains a return to full-time, five-day-a-week attendance as soon as it is safe to make that switch.