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Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman released a joint statement Tuesday announcing that South Carolina Schools will remain closed through April.

The statement reads:

“At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”

McMaster issued Executive Order 2020-09 Mar. 15 which closed public schools for students and non-essential employees through Mar. 31. The governor will issue another executive order to extend school closures through April.

The executive order will also apply to South Carolina’s public colleges, universities and technical colleges. Institutions are encouraged to continue providing virtual instruction to students.

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