District Five Announces Transition To Full Face-To-Face Instruction
Elementary students in Spartanburg District Five Schools will begin a gradual transition to full face-to-face learning, five days a week, beginning in late September. Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary made the announcement to staff, parents and families just before the Labor Day holiday. 4K, K5, and 1st grade students will transition first, beginning on September 28. 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students will follow, returning to campus five days a week, beginning October 5. Intermediate, middle and high school students will remain on the hybrid schedule, for now.
"We believe wholeheartedly that face-to-face instruction is what's best for students, and we've selected a plan that gets us near that goal, in a safe and responsible manner," said Dr. Gary.
The district based its decision on the prediction of an increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Labor Day holiday, DHEC data on cases in our community, guidance from medical experts and input from staff and families.
The transition does include one major change for intermediate, middle and high school students. Beginning Friday, September 25, hybrid Groups A & B will alternate attending school in person on Fridays.On Friday, September 25, students in Group A will attend school in person.On Friday, October 2, students in Group B will attend.This alternating schedule will continue for the foreseeable future, and give the district time to address class size and social distancing concerns at the intermediate, middle and high school level, while still giving those students additional in-person instruction time.