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South Carolina approves virtual learning programs

The South Carolina State Board of Education has approved remote education options from 33 school districts.

SOUTH CAROLINA, USA — The South Carolina State Board of Education Monday reviewed and approved virtual learning plans from 33 school districts ahead of the upcoming school year.

Districts include Lancaster County Schools, all four districts within York County, Chesterfield County, Lancaster County, Sumter county, Orangeburg county, and Kershaw County.

A list of the 33 approved school district virtual learning programs can be found here.

Schools are not required to offer virtual learning options.

"While all South Carolina schools are rightly prioritizing full, in-person instruction this upcoming school year, we know families in some communities were able to successfully navigate virtual learning and would like the option to continue," State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristi Woodall said in a released statement.

Chester County School District told WCNC Charlotte they are offering a virtual option but were not on the initial state list of 33 districts. The State Board of Education expects to take up additional district plans at its August 10, 2021 meeting.

Parents whose students attend school in a district without a virtual learning option can still enroll their child in the Virtual SC state program, which offers online classes free of charge. 

 "The districts whose programs were approved have demonstrated that they are able to meet the high expectations that we have set for virtual instruction and student participation," Woodall said

South Carolina is also home to six free online virtual charter schools that are available to students and their families statewide. They are:

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