Marlboro County Board of Education approved two options for the upcoming 2020-21 school year at a special called meeting Tuesday.
The options are the Marlboro County School District Virtual Academy and what the district administration is calling Traditional School-Option 2A (personalized learning).
Board members approved Sept. 2 as the first day of school with the Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) days taking place on Aug. 24-28.
All students in grades 4K-12, even those enrolled in the Virtual Academy, must be involved in LEAP days. Students will be brought into the schools on a staggered schedule for teachers to do assessments and for electronic learning devices to be distributed.
The Virtual Academy is for parents who do not feel other options will be safe for their students. It is open to students in grades 1–12 and is a continuous online learning platform where students will receive instruction, grades, and be counted present or absent each day regardless of the COVID-19 cases.
As of press time, 1,150 students were enrolled in the academy. There are 3,850 students in the district.