In South Carolina, Thousands of Students Have Gone Missing Since Classes Went Online

Ever since the coronavirus outbreak has forced schools to close and switch to strictly online classes, thousands of South Carolina students have failed to show up for these classes or turn in assignments, according to USA Today.

This discovery was concluded after a poll of about 1,000 teachers throughout the state in early April, where only 17 percent said they were in consistent contact with every single one of their students. By contrast, 21 percent said they had maintained contact with less than half of their class.

Thus, it was concluded that at least 4 or 5 percent of all students in the state, roughly between 31,000 and 39,000, have gone missing since the switch to online.

Beyond the kids who are completely skipping school, not all students who attend the online lectures are turning in their assignments. Furthermore, due to an order from the South Carolina State Department, schools are not permitted to take attendance while online, thus making it impossible to determine how many are actually attending the online lectures.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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