Members of SC for Ed, an advocacy group for public school teachers and administrators, met in Columbia at EdVenture Children's Museum Monday afternoon to hold a #virtualuntilsafe motor march in favor of virtual learning for the upcoming school year. Members believe in-person instruction is still too unsafe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the organization, the group joined together to "protest Governor McMaster's continued assault on public education and the safety and well-being of students, teachers, and staff."
Participants arrived at EdVenture by 1:30 p.m. The motor march of decorated cars left the parking lot around 2, then continued around the Governor's Mansion, and finished at the State House. Participants could continue the loop from 2 to 4 p.m.
Members were told to remain in their cars throughout the rally. "Keep your windows rolled up when around other cars but feel free to roll them down on the route, and use your teacher voice!" the instructions read.
McMaster held a press conference July 15 to discuss the plans for the upcoming school year in South Carolina. He said each district was to provide an outline that allowed parents to choose whether they wanted their child to continue learning virtually, or have in-person instruction.