While the Horry County public schools have opted for a September start, there are a few private schools that will be opening their doors come next month. Specifically, the Ascent Christian Academy in North Myrtle Beach will have in-person classes beginning August 17th. It seems traditional learning, with a few tweaks, will commence.
Precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are being put in place. Students and teachers will practice social distancing in common areas, as well as several hand sanitizer stations placed around the school. Water fountains will not be available for use.
“We’ve done so well with our preschool in keeping it safe and sanitized that I feel very confident opening back up August 17,” said Ann Black, the Ascent Christian Academy founder in reference to summer care programs.
The main reason Ascent Christian Academy feels comfortable opening is due to its small amount of attendees. With only 35 students and 10 staff members, parents feel more comfortable sending their kids to the classroom.
Because masks are not required, parents have the option to select online learning for their kids if they’re concerned. Students that are exposed will enter a mandatory quarantine for two weeks.