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Schools go virtual in McCormick, Bamberg counties, Williston

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Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 10:29 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 31, 2021 at 7:26 AM EDT
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BAMBERG, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - As the region continues to see a surge in COVID cases driven by the ultra-contagious delta variant of the coronavirus, school districts in McCormick and Bamberg counties as well as Williston are transitioning to at-home learning for at least the rest of this week.

Bamberg County School Districts 1 and 2 are going virtual due to the current COVID conditions in their schools. Students will be learning from Wednesday through Sept 8. Bamberg County district officials came to their decision due to the student/staff COVID positivity rates as well as the volume of quarantining. All staff except those in isolation or in quarantine are to report to schools and work at normal working times.

Parents and staff should note that if you have already been given specific quarantine or isolation timelines due to sickness or exposure, you must adhere to those timelines regardless of the district’s virtual learning dates.

On Tuesday, principals and teachers will be informing students and parents how to access online learning and classroom materials during virtual days.

The McCormick County and Williston districts said they based their decision on the number of students and employees being quarantined as a result of possible exposure to coronavirus after consultation with DHEC.

Starting Tuesday, all McCormick County students will receive instruction via their Google Classroom. Meals will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to noon by entering through the side door of the elementary/middle school cafeteria.

In Williston, Monday was used as a time to make sure students have all the materials they need, and instruction will resume Tuesday under the at-home learning model.

All Williston school activities are canceled during the virtual learning period.

The Allendale County school district is also following a virtual learning model through Sept. 8.

Meanwhile on the other side of the Savannah River, some Georgia students are returning to campus after learning at home for a couple of weeks due to a sudden spike in COVID cases.

Those include students in Burke Count, Taliaferro County and Belair K-8 school in Richmond County.

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