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Public comments at Clarendon 4 school board meeting address masks, Rose H. Wilder Elementary name change

As children return to classrooms, one parent spoke on behalf of other community members to board members about the well-being of their children during the coronavirus pandemic. Sandra Busby, a Scott's Branch High School alumnae, aired concerns to … more

Clarendon School District 4 has 'game plan' for COVID-19 safety

As students went back to the classroom Monday, Clarendon School District 4's Board of Trustees went over their "game plan" for the new school year amid a continued and resurgent pandemic. "I know one thing that is on everyone's mind is how can we … more

Clarendon 2 reviews draft of consolidation plan; parents present petition to require mask mandate

With consolidation of Clarendon School Districts 2 and 4 scheduled for next summer, the Manning-based school district is already trying to finalize its consolidation process. Clarendon 2 Board of Trustees reviewed the final draft plan for … more

COVID-19 exposure puts dozens from Manning Elementary in quarantine

Just a few days into the academic year, Manning Elementary School sent home dozens of students after being exposed to COVID-19. In an announcement posted to Facebook Thursday after school was … more

U.S. to erase student debt for those with severe disabilities

The Biden administration announced Thursday it will automatically erase student loan debt for more than 300,000 Americans with severe disabilities that leave them unable to earn significant … more

CCTC, USC Sumter require face coverings in indoor campus facilities following state top court ruling

Central Carolina Technical College will require face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside its campus facilities starting today. This decision followed the South Carolina … more

Sumter School District working to address bus delays

If you experienced Sumter School District buses running late on Tuesday, administration said it can be common during the initial days of the school year and it is trying to address the issue. Shelly Galloway, district … more

State Supreme Court rules USC allowed to mandate mask wearing on campus

COLUMBIA (AP) - The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a mask mandate instituted by the University of South Carolina last month does not violate a state budget proviso banning discriminatory face covering requirements. University … more

COVID-19, year 2: As school year begins in Sumter School District, Principal Wells settles in at Rafting Creek Elementary

REMBERT - As debate continues to swirl at the state level regarding mask mandates for children given the surge in COVID-19, Tuesday was the first day of school for students across Sumter School District. Here at Rafting Creek Elementary School, … more

South Carolina State delays fall semester because of COVID

ORANGEBURG (AP) — South Carolina State University is delaying fall classes by several days to give students more time to get vaccinated as COVID cases spike across the state.Classes scheduled … more

Morris College will require masks as students prepare to return this fall

While public schools in South Carolina open their doors without a mask mandate and the state experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, a Sumter college will follow its own path in making sure its students stay healthy. Morris College is requiring … more

Morris College welcomes new students for fall semester

Ahead of the start of a new school year, the newest Morris College students moved into their on-campus housing during the college's annual Move-In Day on Saturday for the fall semester. Returning students will arrive to campus today, and classes … more

Upstate school district moves back to virtual classes; staffing shortages, DHEC recommendation can prompt temporary shift

COLUMBIA (AP) — COVID-19 cases have prompted the largest South Carolina school district already back open to return to virtual lessons as students in more than 60 other districts prepare to … more

Sumter teachers gear up with new school supplies for 2021-22 school year

Days ahead of school reopening in Sumter School District, teachers and staff are gearing up for a new school year after receiving supplies from Sumter United Ministries' annual program on Friday morning. Sumter United Ministries was more than … more

Doctor: S.C. schools facing more virus cases in fall

COLUMBIA - South Carolina schools will undoubtedly face more COVID-19 outbreaks this fall as students return to classrooms amid the delta variant's rapid spread, a top state health official forecasted Wednesday. Districts could try to keep … more

Pilgrim's giving free Central Carolina Technical College tuition for employees, dependents

Pilgrim's Sumter recently announced a partnership with Central Carolina Technical College to provide free tuition to qualifying team members and their dependents. The nationwide program, Pilgrim's Better Futures, removes a major financial barrier … more

CCTC surgical tech program becomes associate degree

Students in the surgical technology program at Central Carolina Technical College will soon be able to use their skills in more ways than before. Beginning in the Fall 2021 semester, the surgical technology program within the College of Nursing … more

Mixed Sistaz United, Omega Psi Phi host back to school bash on Aug. 12

Students in Sumter School District will return to class next Tuesday, and two local organizations are making sure kids in the community are prepared for their first day of class. Mixed Sistaz United and Omega Psi Phi Inc. are teaming up to host a … more

Sumter School District Board: Masks remain optional in schools, on buses

After much discussion and one motion by a trustee to the contrary, face masks will remain optional in classrooms and on school buses in Sumter School District for the upcoming school year. Similar to school districts across the state and country … more

'The realization of a dream': Sumter's first public charter school opens doors 2 years in the making

As the sun rose in the sky across South Sumter on Monday, cars upon cars and more cars lined the entrance way and parking lot of Liberty STEAM Charter School. It was parent drop off and student arrival for the first day of school at Liberty, … more
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