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School closure updates

  • As our state continues to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Henry McMaster announced today in a joint statement with South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman that all schools will remain closed through the end of April.

    Gov. McMaster and Mrs. Spearman praised the state’s teachers and administrators for their efforts to make learning possible for students at home. They added, “We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”

    The Rock Hill Schools team will ensure the learning process through its eLearning opportunities and instructional resources that will be enhanced on district and school websites in the coming days. Prior to Gov. McMaster’s order to close schools through March 31, teachers prepared lessons to deliver virtually or through learning packets. At this time, we will continue with that work and share additional information and details as soon as possible.

    We understand you will have questions and concerns about today’s announcement. Rest assured, our team continues to work with partners at the state and national levels to address issues facing our students and teachers. Through this closure, we remain committed to ensuring all students are engaged – either via hardcopy packets or online – and that the work is high-quality, manageable, and appropriate while not placing unnecessary burdens on families during this time. Early next week, the district will pause briefly in pushing out new instruction in elementary, middle, and some high school classes to ensure our teachers have the tools and resources they need to support longer-term student engagement. 

    For the latest updates on Rock Hill Schools’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus, connect with the district on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, or download the district app.