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EOC Reports: A Solution to School Make-up Days?
A solution to inclement weather make-up days may soon be a reality for SC school districts. On April 9, Dr. Tom Wilson, Superintendent of Anderson School District 5, presented to the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) on his district’s proposed eLearning Initiative for school make-up days.
Modeled after policies in North Carolina, Georgia, and other states, Anderson 5’s proposal allows districts an unlimited number of virtual days to use when schools close for weather, allowing them the flexibility to continue teaching and learning even when Mother Nature has other plans.
Taking the lead from districts like Anderson 5, the SC General Assembly is working on a solution. A budget proviso passed the SC House allowing the EOC to select school districts for a pilot program which will utilize alternative methods of instruction. An alternative proviso passed the SC Senate which would allow school districts to “submit a request for approval in writing to the Department of Education to utilize alternative methods of instruction, which may include, but is not limited to online or virtual instruction, towards up to three days of the scheduled make up time.” Neither proviso has been approved in the full State budget, but each proviso allows ETV to work with districts that lack adequate access to online instruction.
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