School Board braces for big decisions on reopenings
After a four-hour work session Friday, the Darlington County School Board is bracing to make some crucial decisions Monday on whether, when and how county schools should be reopened after being shut down for months because of the pandemic.
Monday night at its regular monthly session, the board plans to vote on specific proposals for reopening the county’s 25 public schools. It’s not yet clear what those proposals will outline.
At Friday’s work session, board members seemed mostly united on making some attempt to get students physically back in schools and rely less on on-line learning.
“There’s no right or wrong answer,” board Chairman Warren Jeffords said Friday. “We can’t sit back and keep our kids home forever. We’ve got to try something.”
“It is not normal times, people,” said board member Jamie Morphis.
By the end of Friday’s meeting, Jeffords said there seemed to be little consensus on anything.