GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) – Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster said Tuesday night during a school board meeting that the district hopes to release a guideline and timeline for allowing some groups to return to in-person learning if the same safety measures can be maintained.
While the school district said its goal is a return to full-time in-person learning, schools are currently on a hybrid schedule involving two days of in-person learning and three days of virtual learning.
Royster announced in the meeting that the school district had seen 44 positive COVID-19 cases and as of Tuesday there were 323 people quarantining and self-isolating. 279 of those people were quarantining due to exposure.
Tuesday’s board meeting was the first this school year that allowed public comments from parents.
Six people took the podium, all calling for a return to five-day in-person learning.
Five of the speakers were mothers who voices concerns about the struggles of trying to keep up with classes of kids in different age groups, possible hybrid learning shortcomings, and the emotional toll not being at school is having on some children.
Royster said the school district aims to release the updated guidelines for more groups to return to classrooms on Wednesday.
Royster said those groups include the youngest students and students deemed most in need of in-person instruction (such as level 2 career center students).
"We will be able to announce tomorrow a very clear path forward and a timeline for returning some of those groups... not all of them but some...in a defined timeline," Royster told parents at the meeting.
The groups will be allowed to return in phases.
"I am absolutely certain we can maintain the level of safety we need, for our students and our employees," Royster said of the plan.
FOX Carolina will share the new timeline when it is released on Wednesday.