CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – During a board meeting on Friday, the Charleston County School Board approved a motion to allow elementary and middle school students on the waiting list to start school in person.

All K-8th grade students on the wait list will return no later than September 21st.

High school students will return to school as soon as possible. The district hopes that will be before October 1st.

CCSD Superintendent Gerrita Postlewait says many schools have enough teachers for in person learning, but some may need to bring in teachers who originally requested to work virtually.

“If they have a circumstance that warrants special consideration we absolutely will take that under consideration. We’ll do everything we can possibly do,” said Postlewait.

The board also approved learning communities in certain areas of the district where online learning is popular.

The learning communities will be supervised by teachers and some community organizations and serve as social interaction for students.

“This is where communities in the neighborhood, where children normally play together, are arranging for those kids to get together and learn remotely together. It creates a sense of community, it gives children an opportunity to interact with peers, and there is an adult who is supervising their learning and can answer questions,” Postlewait mentioned.

The district said disproportionately African American and Latin communities opted for online instruction. The learning communities are a way for the district to ensure every community is given equal resources.

The district will not exceed 37% of it’s student population starting in the classroom next week.