Marlboro County Schools Switch to All Virtual Learning, Suspended Activities



MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – Schools in Marlboro County are switching to virtual learning only and all activities, including athletic programs, will be suspended.

Marlboro County School District superintendent Dr. Gregory A. McCord posted a letter on the district’s website saying all activity will be suspected until December, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday. All courses will continue on the district’s digital and eLearning platforms.

“Due to my conversations with health officials this morning,” wrote Dr McCord, “who has shared with me the following reasons listed below, I think it is imperative that we make the decision now to move all students to our virtual learning platform. “

Here are the reasons listed by McCord:

  • Marlboro County has seen 158 new active cases in the past week
  • Highest rate of active cases in our 5 counties; second highest in Pee Dee
  • Highest rate of population tested in our 5 counties (good)
  • 7-day positivity rate at 20.3% (World Health Organization recommends less than 10%)
  • Marlboro County has the third highest cumulative SC rate
  • The lowest rate of death and hospitalization in our 5 counties
  • Harvard Global Health Institute ranks county 3rd most at risk for SC
  • Marlboro County ranked 149th out of 3,142 in the United States on the CDC’s Pandemic Vulnerability Index
  • COVID Act Now has Marlboro County on “Imminent Active Outbreak” level

The buildings will remain open until Dec. 22 to help as needed, McCord said, but students and parents will need to check their school’s website for hours of operation.

The websites will include information regarding the tests. Students will continue to log in and receive daily work until December 22. And the parent-teacher conference will now be virtual. Cord urged parents to contact schools for more information.

The holidays will take place between December 23 and January 3.

Decisions regarding the return of students to the building will be communicated no later than Jan. 4, McCord said.

“My decision is based on what is best for the safety of our students, staff and community. I understand that this decision will have an impact on those inside and outside of our school community. I ask for your support and patience as we continue to navigate this pandemic, ”added McCord.


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