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Trying to pick a health insurance plan can be a chore for anyone. For many people, just mentioning the word “open enrollment” sends shivers down the spine. It seems like there’s always a nagging feeling that you’re wasting money, choosing a plan with poor in-network care, or both. One would think that health insurance gets easier as you approach retirement age, but the truth is that picking an initial Medicare coverage plan can be daunting.

Unfortunately, the confusing process of signing up for Medicare causes many seniors to forego healthcare coverage altogether. After all, Medicare enrollment can involve several federal agencies, including the Social Security Administration (or SSA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (or CMS).

At Senior Care Insurance Services, our passion is guiding seniors through the confusion of Medicare. That way, they can enjoy retirement with peace of mind knowing they are protected and ready for life after 65. We work with dozens of insurance companies, giving our clients the chance to choose a plan that best fits their lifestyle.

We choose to design our senior insurance plans with a focus on optimal benefits structure, lower costs, and personalized service. Some independent insurance agencies see their aging customers as nothing more than a financial transaction waiting to happen. In contrast, we treat each of our clients with respect and dignity as we help them navigate the confusing waters of Medicare. Combined with individualized service, we help older Americans make well-informed decisions about insurance. Whether you’re in need of senior Medicare Supplement Plan insurance in cityname or simply have questions about signing up for Medicare, our team is here to help.

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What is Medicare?

If you’re approaching the golden years of your life, it’s important you understand what Medicare is if you don’t already.

Medicare is a federal health insurance program reserved for people older than 65 who have worked full-time for at least ten years. The Medicare program is paid for by a combination of worker payroll tax, premiums paid by Medicare enrollees, and the U.S. government.

There are four parts of Medicare:

This type of Medicare is free for most U.S. citizens. Medicare Part A helps older adults pay for care in a nursing facility, hospital visits, and some forms of in-home senior care.

This tier costs around $100 per month. It covers different outpatient services like lab tests, preventative care, doctor’s visits, mental health care, clinical trials, and some forms of surgery.

This type of Medicare is most often called Medicare Advantage. This tier of Medicare allows seniors to choose health plans provided by insurance companies like Senior Care Insurance Services. Individuals who use Medicare Advantage commonly use Medicare supplement plan insurance to help pay for health care costs that Original Medicare won’t cover, like coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments.

Sometimes called “PDPs,” these plans add drug coverage to standard Medicare, some Medicare Private Fee-for-Service Plans (PFFS), some Medicare Cost Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans (MSA).

The amount of money you pay for your health care depends on several factors, including:

At Senior Care Insurance Services, we offer a number of health insurance solutions for seniors. Two of our most used services include Medicare Advantage plan insurance and Medicare supplement plan insurance.

Senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in Sullivan's Island

Sometimes called Medigap, the purpose of Medicare Supplement Insurance is to help fill in “gaps” that might not be covered by Original Medicare. You can think of a Medigap policy as a supplement for your Original Medicare benefits.

Private companies like Senior Care Insurance Solutions sell this type of insurance right here in South Carolina. While Original Medicare will pay for much of the cost associated with health care services you need, it may not cover all of your expenses. Generally, Medigap policies do not cover costs stemming from eyeglasses, private-duty nurses, dental care, hearing aids, or long-term care.

Depending on the Medicare Supplement Plan that you choose, it may cover out-of-the-country medical services when you travel abroad. Assuming you have Original Medicare coverage, your policy will cover its share of Medicare-approved health care costs. Once your Original Medicare coverage reaches its limit, your Medigap policy will pay its share of the fees.

Our Medigap policies are drafted to meet your specific needs, and can help cover remaining health care costs such as:

Deductibles

Copayments

Coinsurance

Important Information About Senior Supplement Plan Insurance

To dispel some confusion, you should know that a Medigap policy is not the same as a Medicare Advantage Plan. The latter helps you receive Medicare benefits, while the former supplements the benefits you obtain through your Original Medicare plan. As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

As you begin to explore Medicare Supplement Insurance Plans, keep the following important information in mind:

  • To qualify for a Medigap policy, you must first have Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B.
  • Payments on your Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan will be made to the private insurance company that you choose, like Senior Care Insurance Services. These payments are made every month and are paid in addition to the monthly payment you make for Medicare Part B.
  • If you are the holder of a Medicare Advantage Plan, it is illegal for an insurance company to sell you a senior Medicare Supplement Policy. If you plan on switching back to an Original Medicare plan, you will be able to purchase a Medigap policy.
  • If you have health problems as you age, your standardized Medigap policy is guaranteed to be renewable. So long as you pay your monthly premium, your insurance provider cannot cancel your policy.
  • Medigap policies only cover one person. If you have a spouse or family member that would like coverage, they must purchase a separate policy.
  • You may only buy a Senior Medicare Supplement Plan from an insurance agency that is licensed to sell them in your state. Senior Care Insurance Solutions has been licensed to sell Medigap policies in South Carolina for years. We have helped countless seniors get the Medicare coverage they need and continue to do so to this day.
  • In the past, Medigap policies were able to cover costs related to prescription drugs. As of January 1st, 2006, prescription drug coverage is not available on Medicare Supplement Plans. The best way to get coverage for your prescription drugs is to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, often called Part D. Contact our office today to learn more about paying premiums on Medigap and Medicare plans.

For many people, the best time to buy senior Medicare Supplement Plan Insurance in cityname is during the six-month Medigap Open Enrollment Period. This period starts the day you turn 65 years old, so long as you hold Medical Insurance (Medicare Part B). Generally, during the enrollment period, you get more policy choices and better pricing. Once the enrollment period is over, you may not be able to purchase a Medigap policy. Contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions today to determine if you qualify for a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan.

Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance in Sullivan's Island, SC

A Medicare Advantage Plan is a kind of Medicare health coverage designed to provide seniors with all their Part A and Part B Medicare benefits. Many Medicare Advantage Plans will often include coverage of the following:

In addition, most Medicare Advantage Plans give seniors coverage for their prescription drug needs. When you enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan through Senior Care Insurance Services, your Medicare benefits are covered through your plan and will not be paid for by traditional Medicare.

How Medicare Advantage Plans Work

Sometimes called “MA Plans” or “Part C,” Medicare Advantage Plans are considered an “all in one” solution to Original Medicare. Senior Medicare Advantage Plans are only offered by private companies that are approved, like Senior Care Insurance Services. Seniors who enroll in a Medicare Advantage Plan are still on Medicare. However, these individuals enjoy bundled plans that give seniors the benefits of hospital insurance (Medicare Part A), medical insurance (Medicare Part B), and sometimes drug coverage (Part D).

Medicare Advantage Plans are very popular because they cover all Medicare services and make life a little easier for seniors who have trouble understanding the nuances of Medicare.

When you contact Senior Care Insurance Solutions to choose your Medicare Advantage Plan, ask your agent about Medicare prescription drug coverage. Unless you already have drug coverage (Part D), you should seriously consider Part D coverage to help reduce costs associated with prescription drugs. You may also want to consider a Medicare Supplement Insurance Plan to help fill gaps in coverage that Original Medicare will not cover.

Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance Rules

Medicare works by paying a set amount of money to the companies that offer senior Medicare Advantage Plan insurance in cityname. That money is used to pay for the care services that you need. Because Medicare Advantage Plans are different, you should expect out-of-pocket costs to vary depending on the plan you choose.

Different plans have different rules for how you receive services, such as:

  • If you must go to facilities, suppliers, or doctors that belong to your Advantage Plan for non-urgent and non-emergency care.
  • Whether you must get a referral to see a specialized doctor

Companies that offer Medicare Advantage Plans must follow strict rules, which are set by Medicare and can change every year.

Paying for Your Senior Medicare Advantage Plan Insurance

How much you pay for your Medicare Advantage Plan varies and depends on a few different factors. In most cases, if you need a kind of medical service, you will need to rely on the doctors and providers in your plan’s service area and network to pay the lowest amounts. In some cases, if you choose to use a service outside of your plan’s network of coverage, you may have to pay out-of-pocket.

We encourage you to contact our office today to learn more about Medicare Advantage Plans, how they work, what your options are, and how often you will have to pay out-of-pocket, if at all.

The Senior Care Insurance Services Commitment

Since our company was founded, we have led the insurance industry by providing our clients with the most valuable, helpful insurance solutions available. We are fully committed to our current and prospective clients by:

  • Choosing to focus on personalized, one-on-one service. When you work with our team, know that we will always design your health insurance plan with your best interests in mind.
  • Listening to your specific needs.
  • Responding to all inquiries and questions promptly and with a friendly attitude.
  • Providing you with the best customer service in the senior health insurance industry, whether you have questions or are ready to move forward with a Medicare plan.

Our mission is to help give seniors the best Medicare assistance available so that they may understand the Medicare process and make an informed health coverage decision. We have the knowledge, skills, and experience to assist anyone interested in Medicare. Our personal goal is to become a lifetime resource for our clients and give them greater confidence in choosing their insurance plans.

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CCSD plans for changes in report card findings for upcoming school year

WCIV(Charleston) — The 2020-2021 school year brought up many challenges, with one of them being virtual learning.“We all know that the majority of our students learn better in school, and rather than virtual,” CCSD Chief Operating Officer Jeff Borowy said.That impact of switching to a virtual learning environment had an effect on students.“We do see differences in performances between our kids who were in person for the year or for majority of the year, and our kids who were virtual last year,&rdq...

WCIV(Charleston) — The 2020-2021 school year brought up many challenges, with one of them being virtual learning.

“We all know that the majority of our students learn better in school, and rather than virtual,” CCSD Chief Operating Officer Jeff Borowy said.

That impact of switching to a virtual learning environment had an effect on students.

“We do see differences in performances between our kids who were in person for the year or for majority of the year, and our kids who were virtual last year,” CCSD Chief Academic Officer Karolyn Belcher said.

South Carolina released its annual report card on Tuesday regarding the amount of students who are meeting grade level expectations.

Charleston County School District Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait said the statistics are “concerning.”

The report for CCSD showed that only 49.1 percent of students met grade level expectations in English language arts, and only 46.9 percent of students met grade level expectations in math.

It also showed that only 54.6 percent of CCSD students are currently college ready.

Belcher says that this may be a result of the shift to virtual learning.

“I think our challenge remains that some of our kids that were behind before COVID remain behind now. And the gaps are even more exacerbated. So that\'s really where our focus needs to be.”

With the school year just two weeks underway there are some schools in the county that are already seeing the shift back to virtual learning.

Six CCSD schools made the shift to virtual learning on this week, including Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary, Sullivan’s Island Elementary, and Murray-LaSaine Elementary, among others.

Borowy says this is due to the high caseload the district has undertaken this year.

“Our total caseload for the first 14 days is over 900. Now, that\'s about a third of what we had the entire year last year. So, in two weeks, we\'ve gotten to 33% of the total number of the total number of cases. And more than 90% of those cases are students.”

So, with the “concerning” statistics that show an achievement gap, paired with the possibility of schools transitioning back to online learning, it begs the question: What is going to stop these low achievement numbers from happening again.

Belcher says that they have a plan.

“We\'re really using this time to accelerate instruction and close gaps so that we get out of this dark time in 2024, we\'re on a much stronger trajectory than we\'ve ever been as a system.”

The school system says that one of the benefits of last year was that all the teachers now have a better understanding of online teaching and using the online system canvas.

CCSD has implemented other virtual learning functions as well. This includes one-on-one meetings with a school official or employee per day when a student is at home or learning from home to “keep the gap from widening.”

Also, the students can be sent home with “one-to-one” devices that are programmed with tools and asynchronous lessons, which are available for viewing outside of regular class times and without the teacher.

Borowy says that these have already been implemented for the schools that have needed to go virtual.

“We\'ve got the devices, we\'ve got our teachers ready to go, they would teach from their classrooms. Over the internet, we\'re prepared to support children that might have problems with connectivity.”

Another change is new curriculums in math and English language arts. The math curriculum\'s “bridge mathematics” and “publisher\'s illustrative math” is up and running at all CCSD schools. Meanwhile the ELA curriculum is still in the “pilot phase,” according to Belcher.

It’s a change that she believed needed to happen.

“It’s dated, like the standards haven\'t changed in South Carolina for over seven years. They\'re thinking about rethinking it. So, the curriculum of state approved is dated. And there\'s just better stuff that\'s out there.”

All of this is something the school system believe will be the solution in closing the achievement gap despite what may come about this school year.

“I\'m optimistic that next year our SC Ready results and math will be quite strong. I just think some of this was the reality of our year.”

THE LIST: Lowcountry schools, districts going virtual

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across South Carolina, several Lowcountry school districts are adjusting their schedules temporarily to virtual learning.Here is a list of Lowcountry school districts and individual schools that have made the switch to virtual learning models.Charleston County School DistrictThe Early College High School has switched to full virtual instruction. That school made the switch last Friday, a decision school officials attributed t...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across South Carolina, several Lowcountry school districts are adjusting their schedules temporarily to virtual learning.

Here is a list of Lowcountry school districts and individual schools that have made the switch to virtual learning models.

Charleston County School District

The Early College High School has switched to full virtual instruction. That school made the switch last Friday, a decision school officials attributed to the number of positive COVID-19 cases at the school and the number of students were under quarantine. The school says it plans to return to in-person instruction on Sept. 10.

Sullivan’s Island Elementary switched to virtual instruction beginning Wednesday for two weeks. Plans are to return to in-person on Sept. 15. “Please know that the district will do extensive, additional cleaning of our building, including 100% disinfection fogging tonight, which will allow our staff members to teach remotely from their classrooms, beginning tomorrow,” school officials said.

Charles Pinckney Elementary switched to virtual instruction beginning Wednesday for two weeks. Plans are to return to in-person on Sept. 15. “This decision is based on the number of positive COVID-19 cases associated with our school and the number of students quarantined as close contacts,” school officials said.

Murray-LaSaine Montessouri, Chicora Elementary and Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary Schools will switch to virtual instruction beginning Thursday for two weeks. They expect to resume in-person classes on Sept. 16.

Charleston Development Academy, a charter school, is also going virtual, according to Charleston County School Board member Kristen French.

All of the district’s other schools are operating in person.

Dorchester District 2

The Dorchester District 2 School Board has voted to move district schools to seven days of virtual learning from Sept. 7 through Sept 15. They will be back in school on Sept. 16. The board was presented with three options by administration to temporary go virtual.

Dorchester District 4

Dorchester District 4 Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Wymbs released a letter to parents Monday stating the district will observe e-Learning days this Thursday and Friday, and then starting on Sept. 7, the district will temporarily switch to virtual learning indefinitely.

DD4 schools will distribute devices and hot-spots to students prior to Thursday, the letter states.

Teachers will post or email learning plans, assignments and schedules for parents who need to pick up additional material sor supplies.

Colleton County School District

As of Monday, the Colleton County School District is operating with virtual learning only. It became the first district in the Lowcountry to switch to virtual learning.

The district sent a release last Friday saying they were moving to completely virtual learning for two weeks because of “the continued spread of the contagious COVID-19 delta variant” in the community and schools, and because of a continuous increase in the amount of district staff and students in quarantine.

In the release, Colleton County School District Representative Sean Gruber cited the virus’s impact on school bus drivers and substitutes as a reason to return to virtual learning.

The district estimates they will return to in-person learning on Sept. 13, but Gruber says they will reassess the impact of COVID-19 on students and staff on Sept. 10. they will then determine if an extension of the remote learning period is necessary.

Georgetown County School District

The Georgetown County School District announced four of its schools will switch to virtual learning on Tuesday.

Georgetown Middle, Georgetown High, Andrews High and Carvers Bay High Schools will all switch to temporary virtual learning beginning Tuesday.

While in temporary virtual learning, all athletic events and practices will be canceled.

The remainder of the district are not affected by the announcement.

Trident Technical College

Some Trident Technical Colleges are virtual only as of Thursday. Virtual instruction will continue through Sept. 19.

The college posted a full list of the classes affected on its website.

The following school districts have NOT yet announced plans to go to virtual learning:

Berkeley County School District

Beaufort County School District

Williamsburg County School District

Students at all schools will be off on Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a three-day total of more than 16,000 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. DHEC only releases new case totals on weekdays and releases data on a 48-hour delay. That means that Monday’s release included test results from the previous Thursday through Friday.

The latest school data from DHEC listed 1,679 cases among students and 226 cases among school employees, for a total of 1,905. But those figures do not agree with individual school district data because DHEC acknowledged last week a discrepancy between the numbers it reports and those released by individual school districts.

“We are only including the individuals who physically attended school or school events on a regular basis,” DHEC Director of Public Health Dr. Brannon Traxler said. “During that time, they are infectious. But any students or employees who participate in virtual only instruction, without a physical presence on campus are not included in our numbers.”

She said some school districts are choosing to report all cases for students and employees, even those who are virtual only. She also said some schools may self-report cases before that data is sent to DHEC, which would also account for differences in numbers.

She said DHEC is exploring additional options in how they report case counts, but said during a media briefing on COVID-19 that the agency does not want the numbers and details “to get lost on the big picture.”

Copyright 2021 WCSC. All rights reserved.

Top 10 best places to have last-minute summer fun in Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Class will be back in session for many Lowcountry students next week, and families may be looking for some last-minute end-of-summer fun before returning to school.Whether it’s a trip to the beach, cooling off on the ice, or enjoying an exciting go-kart ride, there are myriad family-friendly attractions across the tri-county area for you to enjoy before hitting the books.Visit a Charleston County WaterparkYou still have some time to enjoy one of Charleston County&rsq...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Class will be back in session for many Lowcountry students next week, and families may be looking for some last-minute end-of-summer fun before returning to school.

Whether it’s a trip to the beach, cooling off on the ice, or enjoying an exciting go-kart ride, there are myriad family-friendly attractions across the tri-county area for you to enjoy before hitting the books.

Visit a Charleston County Waterpark

You still have some time to enjoy one of Charleston County’s waterparks.

Whirlin Waters in North Charleston and Splash Zone on James Island are open daily through August 15th, and weekend-only August 21 – September 6. Splash Island in Mount Pleasant is open for weekends only through September 6th.

>> www.ccprc.com/1657/Waterparks

Charleston Fun Park

Hop on a Go-Kart or try 36 holes of mini golf at Charleston Fun Park in Mount Pleasant! This family fun-park also offers outdoor ax throwing, a virtual reality roller coaster, bumper cars, and a full arcade with prizes. Charleston Fun Park, located on Highway 17N in Mount Pleasant, is open Monday through Sunday at various times.

>> charlestonfunpark.com

Carolina Ice Palace

If you’re looking for a way to keep cool during hot summer days, head over to the Carolina Ice Palace and strap on a pair of skates! From public skating to birthdays, youth hockey, and more – the Carolina Ice Palace is a great spot for end-of-summer fun.

>> carolinaicepalace.com

South Carolina Aquarium

For a day of fun and education, head to the South Carolina Aquarium. You’ll find several exhibits, the Great Ocean Tank, and a touch tank where you can get up close and personal with sea life. The South Carolina Aquarium is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m.

>> scaquarium.org

Charleston RiverDogs

What could be better than a night at the Joe! From watching America’s favorite pastime to enjoying great ballpark foods, and watching Charlie the RiverDog strut around the stadium, your family will have a great time down at The Joe! Be sure to check their schedule for home and away games.

>> www.milb.com/charleston

Charleston Pirate Tours

Walk where the pirates roamed! You can enjoy a tour through the French Quarter and along the waterfront as you learn about the history of pirates in Charleston and hear their stories. It’s important to know this is a two-hour walking tour so plan accordingly. You can purchase tickets and learn more here:

>> www.charlestonpiratetour.com/pirate-tour

Tour the waterways with Coastal Expeditions

Coastal Expeditions offers boat tours of Shem Creek, Charleston Harbor, and Morris Island; or you can paddle your way down Shem Creek or on the Isle of Palms with a Kayak rental. See Charleston’s beauty from the water and be on the lookout for dolphins!

>> www.coastalexpeditions.com

Charleston Zip Line Adventures

Feeling adventurous? Enjoy a zip line canopy tour or a children’s zip koala course with Charleston Zip Line Adventures. This attraction is great for families, birthday parties, youth groups, and team building. Charleston Zipline Adventures is set on 10 acres of forest in Awendaw.

>> www.charlestonziplineadventures.com

Wild Blue Ropes

Enjoy an afternoon at Wild Blue Ropes in Charleston! Wild Blue Ropes provides a number of outdoor activities and adventure courses for people of all ages and abilities. Push your boundaries and challenge your capabilities with these impressive rope courses. Wild Blue Ropes is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

>> www.wildblueropes.com

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

History comes to life at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Center. You can tour three historic ships, view more than 20 aircraft and browse the three-acre Vietnam Experience in Mount Pleasant. Patriots Point is open daily from 9:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. with the last ticket sold at 5:00 p.m.

>> www.patriotspoint.org/plan-your-visit/

BONUS FUN | Visit a local beach

Soak up the South Carolina sun with a fun trip to the beach. Whether you visit Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, or the Isle of Palms – you can pack a family picnic, bring along some great music and enjoy a day in the sand and waves with your family.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – A popular music method, previously replaced by cassette tapes and later CDs, has regained popularity over the past few years.

The use of vinyl records was the number one format for music distribution from the 1950s until the early 90s, later taking a back seat to the compact disk.

But even that changed when personal music players, like the iPod, came onto the scene. While most people these days listen to music through streaming apps like Apple Music or Spotify, vinyl records have regained popularity.

Whether by record collectors or those interested in the sounds of nostalgia, buying vinyl saw a new surge back in the late 2000s. Now, even today’s popular artists like Taylor Swift release new music on vinyl for those who prefer the method.

According to Statista, 27.5 million LPs were sold in the United States last year, up 46% compared to 2019 and more than 30 times compared to 2006 when the vinyl record craze made its resurgence.

When was the last time you browsed for a new vinyl record? There are a few local shops that still sell new and used albums.

Monster Music and Movies

Spend some time browsing Monster Music’s massive selection of new and used vinyl. From latest trends to collectible albums, music soundtracks, and more. They even have special events like Record Store Day when special albums are dropped.

You’ll find them in the West Ashley Shoppes at 946 Orleans Road.

Record Stop Charleston

This family-owned and operated record store is located on John Street in downtown Charleston. They offer a selection of featured vinyl, exclusives, and events for Record Store Day – which falls on Saturday, April 16 next year. They also have a location in Patchogue, NY.

Gray Cat Music

From vinyl records to music players, stickers, and more – stop by Gray Cat Music to browse their collection of new and used records and band merchandise. You’ll find their shop at 4610 Spruill Avenue in North Charleston or 1929 Maybank Highway in Charleston.

Black Circle Records

If you’re in Summerville, head over to Black Circle Records to browse their record selection. They are located inside Katie Mae’s Klassy Flea & Antique Mart at 140 West Richardson Avenue.

THE LIST: Lowcountry schools, districts announce switches to virtual learning

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across South Carolina, several Lowcountry school districts are adjusting their schedules temporarily to virtual learning.Here is a list of Lowcountry school districts and individual schools that have made the switch to virtual learning models.Officials with the Berkeley County School District say three of their schools will transition to virtual learning for two weeks. Those schools are ...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As the number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise across South Carolina, several Lowcountry school districts are adjusting their schedules temporarily to virtual learning.

Here is a list of Lowcountry school districts and individual schools that have made the switch to virtual learning models.

Officials with the Berkeley County School District say three of their schools will transition to virtual learning for two weeks. Those schools are Berkeley Middle, Cross High and St. Stephen Middle.

Beginning Tuesday, September 7, students at those schools will learn from home and return to the in-person school setting on Tuesday, September 21, according to BCSD. District officials said athletic and extracurricular activities at these three schools will be suspended until Tuesday, September 21.

The Colleton County School District, which was the first in the Lowcountry to switch to virtual learning as of Aug. 30, will bring students back to the classroom next week.

The Colleton County School Board voted Wednesday to return to in-person learning on Monday.

The district sent a release on Aug. 27 saying they were moving to completely virtual learning for two weeks because of “the continued spread of the contagious COVID-19 delta variant” in the community and schools, and because of a continuous increase in the amount of district staff and students in quarantine.

In the release, Colleton County School District Representative Sean Gruber cited the virus’s impact on school bus drivers and substitutes as a reason to return to virtual learning.

The district’s initial plan called for students to return to in-person instruction on Monday.

The Dorchester District 2 School Board has voted to move district schools to seven days of virtual learning from Sept. 7 through Sept 15. They will be back in school on Sept. 16. The board was presented with three options by administration to temporary go virtual.

Dorchester District 4 Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Wymbs released a letter to parents Monday stating the district will observe e-Learning days this Thursday and Friday, and then starting on Sept. 7, the district will temporarily switch to virtual learning indefinitely.

DD4 schools will distribute devices and hot-spots to students prior to Thursday, the letter states.

Teachers will post or email learning plans, assignments and schedules for parents who need to pick up additional material or supplies.

Some Trident Technical Colleges are virtual only as of Thursday. Virtual instruction will continue through Sept. 19.

The college posted a full list of the classes affected on its website.

The following school districts have not yet announced plans to go to virtual learning:

Students at all schools will be off on Monday because of the Labor Day holiday.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control reported a three-day total of more than 16,000 new cases of COVID-19 Monday. DHEC only releases new case totals on weekdays and releases data on a 48-hour delay. That means that Monday’s release included test results from the previous Thursday through Friday.

The latest school data from DHEC listed 1,679 cases among students and 226 cases among school employees, for a total of 1,905. But those figures do not agree with individual school district data because DHEC acknowledged last week a discrepancy between the numbers it reports and those released by individual school districts.

“We are only including the individuals who physically attended school or school events on a regular basis,” DHEC Director of Public Health Dr. Brannon Traxler said. “During that time, they are infectious. But any students or employees who participate in virtual only instruction, without a physical presence on campus are not included in our numbers.”

She said some school districts are choosing to report all cases for students and employees, even those who are virtual only. She also said some schools may self-report cases before that data is sent to DHEC, which would also account for differences in numbers.

She said DHEC is exploring additional options in how they report case counts, but said during a media briefing on COVID-19 that the agency does not want the numbers and details “to get lost on the big picture.”

Copyright 2021 WCSC. All rights reserved.

CARTA’s Beach Reach shuttle closing out season on Labor Day after ‘successful’ first year

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Monday was the last day for riders to use CARTA’s ‘Beach Reach’ shuttle to get to a beach on the Isle of Palms. The free shuttle was brought back this year after nearly a decade in hopes of making it easier for the Lowcountry residents and guests to reach the beach. Officials say overall, the first year was successful.The shuttle service ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day this summer after a trial run during the fall of 2020. It’s the first time with a beach shuttle servic...

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Monday was the last day for riders to use CARTA’s ‘Beach Reach’ shuttle to get to a beach on the Isle of Palms. The free shuttle was brought back this year after nearly a decade in hopes of making it easier for the Lowcountry residents and guests to reach the beach. Officials say overall, the first year was successful.

The shuttle service ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day this summer after a trial run during the fall of 2020. It’s the first time with a beach shuttle service after nearly a decade without one. Officials say the ‘Beach Reach’ program is their hope for a long term solution.

It’s a free ride to the beach for Lowcountry residents and guests in an effort to reduce traffic and parking headaches for beach goers. CARTA Board Chairman Mike Seekings says the results are clear.

“We feel great about it,” says Seekings. “This summer was a success by every measure. The service was there, it was reliable, it was for people to use.”

The shuttle service helped put a little slice of beach paradise within reach for people from across Charleston County who struggle to find a way to the beach. But like everything, the shuttle service has some growing pains in its first year back.

“It’s been a learning process, we’re very happy that we did it,” says Seekings, who also serves as a City Councilman over District 8 for the City of Charleston. “We will be talking to our member jurisdictions and riders to make sure we can improve on it for next year but I think you will see this as a regular part of our routine.”

Seekings says the program was as successful as possible in it’s initial year coming with hiccups during a pandemic. Seekings says CARTA’s buses were able to carry hundreds to and from the beach.

“We need to up our ridership, we know that but you’ve got to start somewhere and all in all I think this was a very successful program that you will see more of expanded,” says Seekings.

Seekings says through the shuttle service, some made their first trip to the beach in years. For others, it was their first time visiting the sandy shores ever. Many of the stories were shared with CARTA’s drivers over the summer.

“And it just made it a stress free, fun day at the beach and we heard that from a number of people in the community,” says Seekings.

Seekings is hopeful the program can eventually connect Charleston County to Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and more with successful expansion once some kinks are worked out.

“We want to make sure we get it right and we’ve got the equipment to service it and that it’s reliable so far and we learned this summer that yes it is,” says Seekings.

For now, a last ride in 2021 with many more to come in 2022 and beyond all in an effort to help people reach the beach.

“Great start, we’re happy with it and we look forward to expanding that service, well continuing that service and expanding it to other parts of the county,” says Seekings.

CARTA and Lowocuntry officials plan to meet in the coming weeks to discuss how the program went this summer and identify where officials believe improvements can be made before hopefully expanding the service to other parts of Charleston County next summer.

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