Education

S.C. high school staff surprise coworker during her last round of chemotherapy

Panel of lawmakers move forward with education reform bill

  WMBF reporter Casey Watson serves as a 'Principal for the Day’ at MBMS

Horry County School Board selects new member for vacant District 1 seat

Volunteers create awareness for human trafficking by poster campaign

  Middle school student can draw world map from memory

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Work continues to repair partial power outage at Horry County elementary school

Public Schools of Robeson County to add more school resource officers

  CCU one of the nation’s ‘Best College Buys’

Board discusses potential elementary school for students to attend if new development comes to Conway

Public Schools of Robeson County receive $2.2 million grant for mental health

  School leaders vote to change Scholars Academy, STEM school

  Florence County school district holds anti-bullying event

Florence County School District Three held a community bullying prevention forum in recognition of National Bullying Prevention Month.

  CCU hopes to bring ‘innovative-lab school’ to downtown Myrtle Beach

Downtown Myrtle Beach could be the home to a new kind of school.

  Parents, students worry changes to Horry County academy could cost them thousands of dollars

Parents and students gathered in front of a Horry County academy this afternoon to speak about why they hope that school leaders don’t change what they say isn’t broken.

  Horry County Schools to receive state-funded school resource officers

A total of 205 officers will be hired across the state’s 81 school districts, including Horry County.

  Hundreds sign petition urging Horry County to fix mold issue at Carolina Forest High School

  More states, including SC, working to require mental health education in the classroom

Teacher carries 10-year-old with spina bifida on field trip so she doesn’t have to miss out

  Parents, students pack HCS board meeting over proposed changes to STEM schools

S.C. ranks within top 10 worst states for teachers

  Horry County School board hopes to fill vacant seat by December

Columbia teacher starts ‘positivi-tees’ movement at elementary school

The Rice Creek Elementary teacher said she's noticed a change in her classroom and in the school in general.

Officials find lead inside 2 Robeson County school classrooms

An environmental investigation found lead in two classrooms in the Public Schools of Robeson County District.

Principal: Backpack searched, gun not noticed at Conway area middle school

The principal at Whittemore Park Middle School in Conway gave parents further details into officials’ investigation after a gun was found in a student’s possession on Wednesday.

Statewide program helping address special education teacher shortage

Kate Ascetta, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina.

Horry County School Board member resigns following DUI arrest

A Horry County School Board member has resigned from her position following her arrest for DUI earlier this month, district officials confirmed.

  Horry County Schools announces make-up days following Hurricane Dorian

Students and staff members in Horry County are returning back to the classroom following Hurricane Dorian.

Horry, Georgetown County schools to reopen to students, staff on Monday

Horry County Schools will reopen their doors to students and staff on Monday, Sept. 9, according to district officials.

  Better Business Bureau says scams targeting college students are on the rise

College can be an exciting time for many, but while many students are planning out their college careers, scammers see this time of year as an opportunity to sway students who are looking for better ways to manage their money.

  Proposed S.C. bill will make threatening schools, churches and public spaces illegal

Three students have been charged after threats were made to two separate Florence School District One schools during the first week of classes. With the topic of school safety on many parents minds as school is officially back in session, state lawmakers are working to make those threats a crime.

  Three students charged after threats made against two FSD1 schools

Officials with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office and Florence School District One are holding a press conference Monday afternoon.

Parents worry about buses without air conditioning, SC Department of Education working to find solutions

As kids across the Midlands go back to school this week, many are riding on buses without air conditioning.

  More colleges are moving to ‘test-optional’ admission policies

Most high school seniors planning to head to college will take the ACT or SAT, but many colleges and universities now want to get to know applicants beyond a single number.

  Cyberbullying on the rise: How to keep your students safe as they head back to school

As students head into the new school year, experts say conversations about cyberbullying should be starting at home right now.

  Principal in Georgetown County promotes dressing for success at elementary school with ties and pearls

Monday marked the first day of school for Georgetown County students.The principal at McDonald Elementary School, Mack Burgess, is continuing a tradition he started last year by teaching students more than what’s in a textbook.

Georgetown Co. School District receives upgrades at schools with $165M bond referendum

The Georgetown County School District is seeing several upgrades to schools this year.

  Authorities urge parents to know apps that could pose a danger to their kids

Back to school time means kids are making new friends and it also leads to increased social media activity.

  Horry County Schools staff to undergo indoor air quality training to avoid mold issues

As the new school year begins, Horry County Schools is making sure students are healthy inside the classrooms.

S.C. school district responds to teacher’s lawsuit for out-of-pocket classroom costs, unpaid work

The lawsuit claims the district broke state and federal laws by requiring her to pay for school supplies out of her own pocket and work for free at school-related events.

  Former FSD4 superintendent issued reprimand for not reporting absences, not returning to district following students’ deaths

The former superintendent for Florence School District Four was issued a public reprimand by the South Carolina Board of Education for unprofessional conduct during her tenure.

  HCS officials say to expect transportation delays, ask for patience

The first day of the 2019-20 school year is officially in the books and the new school year is underway. This means increased traffic and activity within school zones, as well as more buses on the roads.

  New initiatives, upgrades for Florence schools as students head back to class

Children in Florence County headed to back class Monday morning for their first day of school.

  Here’s what you need to know as Horry County Schools opens its doors to a new school year

As Horry County Schools opens its doors to a new school year, buses will be back out on the roads carrying thousands of students to and from school.

  GALLERY: Students in Horry, Florence counties head back to school

It was the first day of school for students in Horry and Florence counties on Monday, and proud parents submitted a number of back-to-school pictures.

Report: HCS energy-positive schools used more energy, produced less than estimated for first six months of 2019

The Horry County Board of Education will receive an update on the district’s five energy-positive schools see how energy-positive they are.

  First Alert: Back to school, back to the summer heat

An isolated shower or storm is possible for the afternoon hours on the first day of school.

This Gastonia principal will gift a donated book to each student on their birthday this year

Local businesses have stepped up to the plate, conducting their own collections and handing them over to the principal.

  Bullying, other student violations on a decline in Florence School District One

Florence School District One recently revealed a decline in student violations.

  Are your kids back on their school sleep schedule? Experts say it’s not too late

Summer break is coming to a close for many students across Horry and Florence counties.

  HGTC completes its electrical lineman training yard

On Thursday, Horry Georgetown Technical College announced the completion of its electrical lineman training yard located on the Conway campus.

  Back-to-school life hacks for parents and students

In just four days, it will be time for students in Horry and Florence counties to crack open those textbooks again for a new school year. We know getting back into the routine can be tough on everyone in the house and you might feel the stress, especially on Monday mornings.

  First Alert: First day of school forecast

Looking ahead to the first day of school? Here's your first alert to what you can expect on Monday.

  Horry County Schools reveals number of unvaccinated students ahead of school year

As students prepare to head back to class, WMBF wanted to find out how many students have been properly immunized before the start of the school year.

  Tips to help cut back on your child’s screen time ahead of the new school year

We’re only days away from the first day of school, and that means students will be coming home with assignments and homework.

  Back-to-school: What you need to know about the food services program at Horry County Schools

Homework, friends and new teachers may be what your student is focusing on as the summer wraps up, but are they thinking about school lunch?

  Florence School District One hires student-teachers to fill teacher vacancies

To help combat the current state-wide teacher shortage and retention crisis, Florence School District One is hiring student-teachers as the main teachers in some of its classrooms.

  Horry County Schools providing more mental health counselors this school year

Amid a growing concern for students’ mental health, Horry County Schools is providing more mental health resources.

  Horry County Schools continue to perfect bus routes ahead of new year

Whether or not you have a student heading to the classroom this school year, chances are your morning commute will be impacted by buses hitting the roads next week.

  Some teachers head back to work at Florence’s newest school

The first day back to work for some teachers meant the first day in a new school.

  Doctors urging parents to vaccinate children before heading back to school

Students in the Pee Dee and Horry County are officially one week away from the start of the new school year and that means parents and guardians are going through those back-to-school checklists to make sure students are prepared.

Tips to prevent bullying this school year

Students across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee will soon be back in the classroom to kick off a new school year.

How parents of special needs children can help the new school year start off right

Students across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee will soon be starting a new school year, which means a new grade, new teachers and possibly even a new school.

Checklist for helping your child with their homework

Students are more successful in the classroom when parents create a good homework space and helps them with their homework assignments.

5 tips to help you and your child kick off the school year right

The new school year is quickly approaching across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, and families are busy getting ready.

  Darlington County school district addresses controversy over historic amphitheater

The Darlington County School District has addressed some controversy over the historic St. John’s Elementary amphitheater.

S.C. Highway Patrol advises caution in school zones as students prepare to head back to class

Classes across the Grand Strand and the Pee Dee resume on Aug. 19, which means it’s a perfect time for drivers to start paying attention to the rules when traveling in school zones.

  Horry County Schools releases top 10 things to know before school starts

The countdown clock is ticking away to the first day of school.

  Richland Two school kicks off the school year with parody of hit ‘Old Town Road’

Each year, schools in Richland Two come up with creative ways to kick off the start of a new school year.

Three students taken to hospital after experiencing ‘heat-related issues’ during band practice at Darlington High

Three students were taken to the hospital Wednesday morning after suffering from heat-related issues while at band practice at Darlington High School, according to district officials.

  Horry County Schools toughening punishment for students caught vaping

The rise in vaping among teens is pushing Horry County Schools to toughen its stance.

  New education, workforce development center officially opens in Lake City

The center houses both Francis Marion University and Florence Darlington Tech classes, providing students with more education and workforce development opportunities.

  HCS board gets update on teacher vacancies, school roof work ahead of first day of classes

The first day of classes for students in Horry County Schools is less than two weeks away.

  Bulletproof backpacks being sold in Grand Strand stores

You may come across the word “bulletproof” while shopping in the back-to-school section this year. Stores are selling a product designed to protect students from gunfire, right next to the school supplies.

  Shoppers continue to take advantage of tax-free weekend

South Carolina's tax-free weekend allowed shoppers to not pay 6-percent tax on school supplies, clothes, laptops and many other back-to-school essentials.

  Horry County Schools expected to receive around 20 new buses for the school year

We’re less than a month away from the first day of school and bus transportation is top-of-mind.

  HCS teachers, staff receive awards for their efforts in raising environmental awareness

Horry County teachers and staff were recognized on Thursday for the steps they’re taking to make the world a better and cleaner place.

  Class begins for thriving year-round elementary school in Florence

School is back in session for students at Timrod Elementary School in Florence.

  FSD1, All 4 Autism develop class to help mainstreamed autistic students

Florence School District One is partnering with the organization, All 4 Autism, to offer a class that will teach mainstreamed students with autism real world skills.

Back-to-school clothes, toys available at pop-up boutique at Myrtle Beach Primary School

The non-profit White Pony Express is bringing clothing and toys to kids in Myrtle Beach for free.