Beaufort Co. School District discusses protocol for students learning when sick

Beaufort Co. School District discusses protocol for students learning when sick

BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Beaufort County schools are back to in person learning five days a week, but have seen a spike in COVID-19 cases. Many cases from the winter break.

And while they have a plan for students in quarantine, parents still have questions. Beaufort County has an instructional continuity plan for students out for quarantine for COVID-19. Those students are allowed to be virtual while they are home.

“Students will have access to regular, daily, ongoing instruction recordings that are uploaded into portals,” said Deputy Superintendent Duke Bradley.

But for students unsure of their COVID-19 status, things are different. Tara Polson has two children at Prichardville Elementary. Over the weekend they started showing mild symptoms.

“So I ended up taking her to urgent care where they tested her for strep, flu, and of course COVID,” said Polson.

But while the family waited on their COVID results, which were eventually negative, they did not have the option to continue school virtually. Now, the district is looking to see if changes need to be made.

“Simply a case where a parent just thinks that their kid might be able but may not necessarily be related to COVID, then we will obviously just be flexible.”

For Polson, she hopes the district makes the policy clearer to avoid students missing out on even more school.

“They’ve already missed out on so much that if there is an opportunity to provide instruction and the student as well I have to do so from home, I feel like that should be facilitated,” Polson said.

“In the event obviously that they cannot be in those classrooms, we want to make sure that we are doing everything within our power to ensure there is continuous instruction happening.”

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