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SC public online schools say interest in programs likely to remain high after pandemic – Valley Stream, New York

Valley Stream, New York 2021-09-27 16:45:08 –

Columbia, South Carolina (WSPA) — Interest in online virtual schools in South Carolina reached new heights at the beginning of the 2020-21 academic year, officials said.

Josh Kitchen, Executive Director of the South Carolina Connections Academy, said: I think virtual education is becoming more accepted now. “

When the pandemic forced students to effectively learn in 2020, some parents chose a more established virtual program for their students.

One of them VirtualSC.. The state-sponsored online program is aimed at students in grades 7-12. Bradley Mitchell, Director of the Virtual Education Office, said: It was 15,317 at exactly the same time as last year, but it was 11,821 the previous year. “

He said they are back to normal growth this year.

Some smaller online schools, such as Odyssey Online Learning, say they have added 200 students this year. With this increase in registrations, we had to add more staff. “We are blessed with all the federal funding coming in to help hire additional support service staff for our students,” said Ashley Owings.

With work being done to fill the South Carolina digital divide, authorities said the state-wide program is preparing for more interest and growth.

The South Carolina Preparatory Academy is one of the newest online schools in South Carolina. Executive Secretary Tracey Williams said he expects continued interest in virtual education. “It may not be at the same pace as last year, but you will always need it,” she said.

South Carolina also has six free online virtual charter schools for students and their families throughout the state.

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