Anderson 5 announces full in-person schedule for Hanna, Westside, other schools this fall
Anderson County School District 5 will allow all students to attend schools in person this fall on a traditional schedule, the district announced Wednesday.
The decision means students will have to attend classes in person as they normally would or enroll in the district's virtual school. There will not be a hybrid schedule of in-person and remote learning as other districts have announced.
The announcement said the district could switch to online learning at any point during the year, but the district is to stick with full in-person learning unless that happens.
School in Anderson 5, which includes T.L. Hanna and Westside high schools, is set to start on Aug. 18.
Kyle Newton, a spokesperson for Anderson 5, said the district's schools will have normal start and end times, but elementary schools will open earlier to allow parents more time to drop off students.
He said that would also help reduce the number of bus riders, since buses must run at half-capacity according to guidance from the state Department of Education and health officials.
The decision came hours before Gov. Henry McMaster held a press conference where he directed schools to include a full in-person option, five-days-a-week schedule option for the fall.
During the governor's announcement, he pointed to Anderson 5 as an example of districts who are already following his directive, along with school districts in Berkeley, Lexington and Pickens counties.
Ariel Gilreath is a watchdog reporter focusing on education and family issues with The Greenville News and Independent Mail. Contact her at email@example.com and on Twitter @ArielGilreath.