South Carolina ETV will broadcast curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through 12th-grade students while public schools are closed during the new coronavirus outbreak.
Beginning March 24, SCETV will offer program modifications addressing a variety of content areas three days a week from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., according to a news release. The days of the week may vary.
Educators and parents will have access to lesson plans and materials to supplement content that will align with current state and federal standards.
The programming is a partnership between the state’s public education broadcasting network and the S.C. Department of Education.
Also, beginning today, SCETV will provide virtual professional development opportunities for educators. Participants can learn more about free resources and programming available and ask questions about content-specific resources.
“SCETV was established more than six decades ago to be a resource to educators throughout the state,” Anthony Padgett, SCETV president and CEO, said in the release. “This partnership doesn’t just fulfill a critical need during an unprecedented time, it represents the very core focus of our agency.”
The SCETV network includes 11 television stations and eight radio stations throughout the state.
S.C. public schools are closed through at least March 31. The release estimated that 800,000 students are enrolled in 1,250 schools throughout the state.
“SCETV’s ability to deliver curriculum-based programming into the homes of nearly 800,000 students impacted by statewide school closures will support the efforts of South Carolina educators to reduce the loss of instruction time,” S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman said. “I appreciate the strong partnership of our agencies that has made this possible for the students, parents and educators of our state.”