Jasper County schools begin year-round schedule

A new school year began July 25 in the Jasper County School District and parents shared various opinions about the early start date.

Victor Silverio walked to his vehicle after he dropped off his three children at the Ridgeland campus for their first day.

“It’s been a little bit different for me this morning with working with all three kids and going back earlier,” he said. “I feel like I can adjust to this OK and I am glad to have them back in school.”

Students and staff went back to the classroom in July after the school board approved a modified year-round calendar for the 2022-23 academic year in a 5-4 vote Feb. 14.

Officials have said the new calendar allows the district to shorten summer break while adding more frequent breaks during the rest of the year.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the district said it will keep implementing safety measures.

“While masks are not mandatory, students and staff are encouraged to wear a mask as they feel comfortable,” superintendent Rechel Anderson said. “In the event that a student tests positive and/or comes in contact with someone who has tested positive, we encourage parent(s) to practice safety and follow all SC DHEC and CDC Guidelines and Protocols to ensure the safety of all.”

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