GEORGETOWN — One in six Georgetown County School District students had filled out the Department of Health and Environmental Control's mask opt-out form as of May 18, and those forms are still open for parents to fill out, said the district's safety and risk management Alan Walters.

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Just as spring breakers begin making their way to South Carolina, a QuoteWizard report shows the state is the second riskiest one to visit. The state leaped from 17th riskiest in December to 2nd riskiest in March using the same metrics, which means, "COVID-19-related factors made all the difference," said Nick VinZant, senior research analyst and insurance expert with QuoteWizard.

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While Tidelands Health is celebrating a record-breaking allotment of the COVID-19 vaccine for the coming days, Conway Medical Center will receive 80 percent less than its counterparts. Meanwhile, Coastal Carolina is opening itself up for on-campus events with a change in its operating plan.

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McLeod Health announced on Feb. 23 that it will be holding a mass COVID-19 vaccination event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on March 2-3 that will make 5,000 does available to those that meet the Phase 1A criteria.

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In a conversation with the Post and Courier, Georgetown County School District Superintendent Keith Price said he would support a proposal to the school board for middle and high school students to shift to Hybrid+ learning, so long as the schools are able to have five key health mitigation strategies in place.

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Amid 'frustrated' teachers and upset parents over the return of full-time, in-person instruction, The Post and Courier Myrtle Beach has exclusively obtained a petition that will debut on Feb. 4, with Horry County Schools teachers calling for the immediate end to plexiglass installation on middle and high school campuses due to concerns over who is doing the work.

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Horry County Schools teachers have taken exception to Helen Smith, the District 6 representative, after she seemed to minimize the challenges that have come with being an HCS Virtual teacher — a role thrust upon many due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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