Gov. McMaster, Superintendent Spearman Give COVID-19 Update Relating to Education

South Carolina’s public K-12 will remain closed for the rest of this school year. Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman gave a COVID-19 update relating to Education on Wednesday morning, April 22, 2020. “We decided not to reopen the schools for the rest of the school year”, Governor McMaster announced during the COVID-20 update.

“To the parents we say thank you!”

“I want to particularly thank the teachers, the administrators, the superintendents, the staffs in the cafeteria, the custodial and others, who have done a remarkable job on taking care of the schools and the children.” McMaster announced during the update.

“And particularly want to thank the parents, who I’m sure many of them thought they were through homeschooling their children, who’ve learned that they were back into it. We know it’s been difficult, we know particularly with the hundreds of thousands of people out of work, and the children all at home, at times when it was not expected. That this has been a hardship and a challenge on many, many people in our state. And I want to thank them and congratulate them for the grand job and the perseverance and the disciple and the understanding they’re showing. I imagine they’re some that are more educated than they were when they started because they’ve had to go back and teach the children things that they’d forgotten about over the years. So to the parents we say thank you! Parents and guardians and all those that look out for our next generation, that is our children, which are the most important assets that we have.”

“So again, the schools will not reopen, but there will be flexibility statewide, for ideas for taking care of those who need special needs instruction, and other perhaps summer reading camps. Things of that nature. And again, we want to be sure that we have graduation ceremonies for those young people and their families.”

Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman echoed McMaster’s statements, also proclaiming “Our buildings will not open for the rest of the year, but instruction will continue to go on.”

Superintendent Spearman continued, “In this very historic pandemic, we have been able to carry on.”

Watch the full video of the announcement:

“As I look around South Carolina, I see the progress we’re making and the determination of the people”

Gov. Henry McMaster | April 22, 2020
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