SC teachers call for law that protects against having to teach virtual and in-person simultaneously

By: | April 16, 2021

A newly passed bill by house lawmakers mandates that all schools in South Carolina offer a five-day-a-week in-person learning option by April 26th, as well as a five-day-a-week in-person model next year as well.

However, some teachers are saying the revised bill doesn’t go far enough. The original bill, called S.704, prohibited school districts from making teachers teach students virtually and in-person at the same time for the next school year.

“It would have no impact on this school year, but for next school year it would prohibit districts from requiring teachers to teach students in-person and online at the same time unless there was an extreme and unavoidable circumstance,” Patrick Kelly, the Palmetto State Teachers Association Director of Governmental Affairs, said. “In which case, districts could use that model, but districts would have to compensate teachers for effectively doing two jobs at one time.”

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