It’s Not All Bad News—Here’s Some Good News!

    It’s Not All Bad News—Here’s Some Good News!

    Company donates 500 masks to front-line workers in Greer

    Greer-based Century 3 donated 500 face masks Monday to police, fire and EMS workers in Greer to help protect them from the COVID-19 coronavirus. “It’s a very kind and generous donation,” said Greer Police Lt. Patrick Fortenberry. “We like to say policing is a partnership. We’ve been partners with Century 3 for years. This donation will protect our officers for some time.” Read more.

    Duke Energy Foundation Donates $150,000 to Agencies in South Carolina Helping Pay Energy Bills during COVID-19 Crisis

    The Duke Energy Foundation has announced a $150,000 donation to support low-income customers in the Palmetto State who are struggling to pay their utility bills during the COVID-19 crisis.

    This additional funding will significantly increase the assistance available through the Energy Neighbor Fund and Share the Warmth programs to provide help to about 550 households with their utility bills. Funds can assist with heating or cooling costs. Read more.

    Pine Street teacher honored in surprise appreciation parade

    Parent Tashma Glymph says teachers are under-appreciated, especially those who go above and beyond the call of duty during a coronavirus pandemic. That’s why she organized a small parade Sunday to honor her daughter Kirsten’s fourth-grade teacher at Pine Street Elementary School, April Volk. Read more.

    Dray Bar and Grill provides meals to service industry workers

    Dray Bar and Grill is partnering with Upstate Service Industry United over the next few weeks to provide free take-out meals for food and beverage service industry workers and their families. Read more.

    Greenville County Schools: Celebrating our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week

    Parents and students can express their appreciation for teachers by downloading the sign at right, snapping a photo of you and your children with the sign, and submitting it to thankateacher@greenville.k12.sc.us. We will post your photos on the GCS Facebook page throughout Teacher Appreciation Week. Read more.

    Senior Resources nutrition program to expand

    BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina is providing nearly $1.6 million to expand Senior Resources’ emergency senior citizen nutrition program. The contribution from the health insurer, combined with resources from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, will provide an anticipated 245,000 meals to eligible homebound elderly persons, according to a news release. Read more.

    Michelin, Greenville Tech gift critical needs supplies

    Michelin North America donated more than 25,000 surgical masks to AnMed Health Thursday, while Greenville Technical College held a critical supplies drive for the Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Read more.

    Easley High honors seniors by hanging banners downtown

    Downtown Easley is festooned with green banners listing the names of Easley High seniors, and they’ll stay there until graduation day. A decision about graduation will be made by May 11th, but school officials want to make it special. Watch the clip.

    Anderson University Creates Fund to Support Students Impacted by Coronavirus Pandemic

    The Anderson University COVID-19 Relief Fund was created to remove financial obstacles that may hinder students’ academic success, said Anderson University Senior Vice President for Development and Presidential Affairs Wayne Landrith. “During this unprecedented time of global crisis, many of our students and their families find themselves facing unexpected financial hardships and uncertainty about the future,” Landrith said. “Of course, that is true of our alumni and friends as well, but we have received so many calls and emails asking how they can help. It speaks volumes about the generosity of our people and their recognition that our community is stronger together.” Read more.

    Wofford basketball players join first-graders on Zoom call

    Wofford basketball players talk to Cowpens Elementary students on Zoom

    The kids had important questions for the players. How are they staying safe? Why did they choose Wofford? Who is their favorite Avenger? What superpower would they like to have? Read more.

    #SpartanburgStrong parade shows support for health care workers

    Read about it here.

    Anderson Mall teamed up with Healthy Blue South Carolina to provide over 200 dental kits for United Way!

    See the post here.

    Bi-Lo on Reidville Road paid for the groceries of all medical personnel and first responders Monday evening.

    Bi-Lo Reidville Road manager Alex Clever with a very happy first responder customer.

    “At BI-LO, we’re dedicated to giving back to our communities, especially during these uncertain times. To show our appreciation and gratitude for our community heroes, we rewarded thousands of customers with free groceries during Monday night’s shopping hour dedicated to health care professionals and first responders. As a community, we are #StrongerTogether and will keep #WinningTogether together with kindness.”

    Upstate siblings give back to local charitable organization in a big way

    17-year-old Savannah Williams and 15-year-old Garrett Williams

    While looking at the United Way’s website, the teens discovered a way they could assist the Spartanburg Opportunity Center.  According to the website, the need was for laundry detergent to wash clothes for the homeless. Spartanburg Opportunity Center set a goal of raising enough detergent to do 2,020 loads of laundry, but the Williams siblings did more than that.

    Greenville Health Authority Board of Trustees & Healthy Greenville Grant Initiative Releases Grant Funds to Meet Urgent COVID-19 Needs

    Greenville Health Authority, by way of the Healthy Greenville Grant initiative, pledged $150,000 to three organizations in Greenville County in order to make an immediate impact on organizations that are seeking to provide health assistance for the county’s most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis. The three organizations are Miracle Hill (for their COVID-19 shelters for the homeless), Meals on Wheels of Greenville, and FoodShare of Greenville. Read more.

    Seniors Are Honored with Downtown Banners

    Spring sports seasons have been cancelled and athletic banquets are not happening this year, so Pickens and Woodruff honored their senior athletes by hanging banners with their photos downtown. Click the links to see the photos!

    Friends surprise 11 year old girl on birthday with a parade of honking cars

    A parade of honking cars drive by the home of Carson Griffin, on her 11th birthday in Anderson Friday. Classmates originally were going to have a party, but with the closure of Skateland and threat of the coronavirus, they decided to surprise her with the parade. See more here.

    Two Greenville Makers Create Protective Shields

    Jamarcus Gaston talks to two Upstate makers who are 3-D printing PPEs (personal protective equipment) to ship to hospitals that need them, in collaboration with the group 3DforCOVID.com. See the whole story here.

    Meals on Wheels of Greenville Combats Senior Loneliness During COVID-19

    Meals on Wheels of Greenville is committed to supporting Greenville County seniors and homebound neighbors as social distancing and additional restrictions increase in efforts to suppress COVID-19. Despite the uncertain times, the Meals on Wheels priority remains to deliver a hot, nutritious meal and personal interaction to the homebound throughout Greenville County while also ensuring the health and safety of all parties involved. Read more.

    Yousef’s Kitchen in Westminster sets up “Blessing Box”

    A blessing box has been placed outside of Yousef’s Kitchen containing a variety of donated dry goods for those in need to take.

    Greenville medical student launches shopping service for vulnerable neighbors

    “Since she just started the shopping service last weekend, she’s only gotten a few families signed up. But she’s enlisted 10 of her fellow medical students to do the same in their neighborhoods as well.” Read more.

    Here’s how the Upstate is helping those in need during coronavirus outbreak

    For many in the Upstate, life has changed as the coronavirus’ impact expands, and some residents have taken action to help. Read more.

    Lions Club cancels tournament but raises money anyway

    The Greer Centennial Lions Club found a way to raise money after canceling a fund-raising bass tournament planned for this weekend. The Lions asked sponsors to contribute and the club donated $3,000 each to three organizations, including Greer Relief (pictured), Greer Community Ministries and the Greer Soup Kitchen.

    Teachers at Boiling Springs Elementary School participate in a parade through neighborhoods to show support for their students at home

    Over 40 teachers and staff at Boiling Springs Elementary School participated in a teacher’s caravan parade through four of the school’s neighborhoods in Boiling Springs, Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The teachers held signs and told their students they were thinking of them while the school is closed down. Katie Sanders, a third grader at BSES, holds a sign from her car as she waves to the passing caravan in her neighborhood. See photos here.

    How You Can Help, or Get Help

    Free Internet Resources for Social Distancing

    Free Internet Resources for Social Distancing

    Thanks to Keisha Long from DHEC for this information:

    In this age of social distancing, working from home, schools switching to online classes, and visiting loved ones by electronic devices, virtual tools and the internet are more important than ever.  Below are some options:

    AT&T – https://www.att.com/shop/internet/access/#!/

    photo by Jacqueline Kelly

     

    In response to the public health crisis, Access from AT&T is temporarily offering two months of free service to new Access customers who order by April 30, 2020 with $5/mo or $10/mo thereafter, depending on your speed; Expanding eligibility based on income and to households participating in National School Lunch Program/Head Start; and Waiving all home internet data overage fees

    Comcast – https://corporate.comcast.com/covid-19

    Comcast has opened its Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, is offering Unlimited Data for Free, more

    NetZero – https://www.netzero.net/start/landing.do?page=/fd/landing/landing-new&refcd=FDFEB2018

    NetZero’s free package provides 10 hours of internet access with no cost and the broadband plan provides 200 MB monthly data for free

    FreedomPop – https://www.freedompop.com/

    FreedomPop offers free internet access with their plans. After the free data is used up, you can opt for their paid plans to get further internet access.

    Spectrum – https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/coronavirus-internet-offer-students/

    Beginning Monday, March 16, Spectrum is offering free access to internet and WiFi for 60-days for new Pre-K to 12, college student and teacher households who don’t currently have internet or WiFi service. This discount will be applied as a credit for your first two months of internet services. They’ll waive any installation or pre-payment fees to help get you started.

    The Latest COVID-19 Updates

    The Latest COVID-19 Updates

    1/18/22

    Government launches site for free COVID-19 tests: Here’s how to get them

    1/12/22

    High number of COVID-19 cases forces some Oconee County schools to virtual learning

    Virtual learning possible, Greenville County Schools warns as hundreds call out sick

    1/10/22

    DHEC to distribute 500,000 rapid tests to communities in South Carolina

    1/6/22

    In a news conference Wednesday, South Carolina DHEC officials said if you haven’t received your COVID-19 test results after 72 hours, call 1-888-697-9004 or email ACC-Testing-CustomerService@dhec.sc.gov to get your results.

    12/14/21

    1 year ago, the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the US. Here’s what has happened since

     

    11/22/21

    How to fly safer amid the pandemic

    CDC recommends COVID-19 boosters for all adults

    Who is Eligible for a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Shot?

    11/3/21

    DHEC Supports CDC’s Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Approval for Ages 5-11, Urges Parents to Get Their Children Vaccinated

    SC DHEC Site on COVID-19 Vaccines for Kids 5 and Older

    10/25/21

    When should you get a COVID-19 booster and which one is best for you?

    Kids may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine in a few weeks. What happens next?

    10/14/21

    COVID-19 Business Resources

    The South Carolina Department of Commerce is actively engaged in supporting the business community for impacts of COVID-19. Find pertinent resources, business assistance and timely information for your company at the S.C. Commerce Business Resources Center.

    10/13/21

    8 Things to Know About COVID-19 Booster Shots

    Navigating Covid-19 in the New Year: Tips for Employers

    Why I got my COVID-19 Vaccine with Spartanburg residents

    10/4/2021

    Peace Center opening with COVID-19 restrictions

    Venues owned by Live Nation now requiring proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test

    Vaccines are the way out of the pandemic, regardless of whether pills are approved, experts say

    9/29/2021

    Where to get a COVID-19 test

    Where to get COVID-19 vaccine

    COVID-19 booster shots

    9/21/2021

    Tent set up outside Spartanburg ER as concerns grow over occupancy

    COVID-19 cases, deaths surging in South Carolina nursing homes, AARP says

    Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine works in kids ages 5 to 11

     

    9/8/2021

    On average, this Labor Day saw 300% more new COVID-19 cases than last year

    What to do if your child is exposed to COVID-19 at school

     

    8/31/2021

    Upstate health care system ‘struggling’ with hundreds of COVID-19 patients

    Health officials from across Upstate SC come together virtually to share one message: Get vaccinated.

    Seneca pediatrician uses Friday night football to vaccinate children

    8/24/2021

    DHEC, Spartanburg Regional reopens free, drive-thru COVID-19 testing site

    More than 85% of Furman University students fully vaccinated as semester begins

    FDA grants full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

    8/23/2021

    Cold or COVID-19? Health officials urge testing, even if you don’t think you have the virus

    Peace Center in Greenville to require proof of your COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test

    South Carolina COVID-19 Cases Deaths Update

    8/19/2021

    Greenville County Schools Student COVID-19 Notification Dashboard

    8/16/2021

    Prisma doctors urge vaccinations as health system sees ‘surge’ in pediatric respiratory illnesses

    Pickens County School District decides to go virtual after emergency meeting on COVID-19 cases

    Greenville County Schools releases statement on start of school this week

    8/11/2021

    DHEC director issues statement on South Carolina surpassing 10,000 COVID-19-related deaths

    Prisma Health Virtual Care: Get quick convenient care online by using your mobile device or computer

    8/10/2021

    SC Department of Health and Environmental Controls Guidance for K-12 School Operations

    8/9/2021

    Fueled by the Delta variant, US average of daily COVID-19 cases hits highest level since February

    Upstate lung doctor encourages vaccine as more children and young adults seen in hospitals

    COVID-19 in South Carolina: Back-to-school guidance for parents, latest headlines, latest cases, deaths

     

    8/4/2021

    Greenville County Schools answer frequently asked questions from parents

    Anderson County seeing rise in COVID-19 cases, delta variant this month

    SC DHEC, Prisma Health encourage children to get vaccinated before school starts

     

    7/30/2021

    Greenwood County School District 51 reports positive COVID-19 cases; students in quarantine

    COVID-19 in South Carolina: Back-to-school guidance for parents, latest headlines, latest cases, deaths

    South Carolina health officials talk about upcoming school year and COVID-19

    SC DHEC adopts CDC guidance, recommends indoor masking for everyone, including schools

    7/26/2021

    SC DHEC dashboard rates incidence status as “High”

    More than 90% of South Carolina COVID-19 cases, deaths in June were among the unvaccinated, DHEC says

    Pediatricians’ group says all kids should wear masks in school. But South Carolina, Georgia say no

    7/20/2021

    Home COVID-19 test brand acquired by Greenville conglomerate

    Upstate college says vaccinations numbers too low for large group gatherings

    Four cases of COVID-19 delta variant reported in Upstate, DHEC says

     

    7/8/2021

    Delta variant now makes up more than half of coronavirus cases in US, CDC says

    DHEC officials urge vaccinations as threat from delta variant grows

    COVID-19 case counts climbing in U.S. and South Carolina

     

    7/2/2021

    How to protect yourself against the COVID-19 Delta variant, according to experts

    Where do coronavirus variants come from?

     

    6/14/2021

    Greenville County School Vaccine Events

    FDA advisers debate urgency of vaccinating kids against COVID-19

    Novavax: Large study finds COVID-19 shot about 90% effective

     

    6/7/2021

    DHEC Partners with South Carolina Brewers Guild for ‘Shot with a Chaser’ COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign

    Cases fall to new lows in the US. But unvaccinated kids are a ‘vulnerable host’ for COVID-19, expert says

    An increase in adolescent COVID-19 hospitalizations reinforces need for vaccines, recent study says

    6/1/2021

    SC DHEC – “Don’t wait, vaccinate”

    Young Americans are lagging behind with COVID-19 vaccines

    CDC has changed its mask guidance for summer campers

    COVID-19: When is normal? Vaccine Task Force doctor looks ahead

    5/24/2021

    Click here to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in South Carolina

    Get the facts on the vax: We ask local doctors about COVID-19 vaccine safety for women

    5/17/2021

    Locate Vaccine Site Near You

    South Carolina Public Health Officials Release Statement on New CDC Mask Guidelines

    Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People

    Masks no longer required at Greenville Drive games

    5/10/2021

    WYFF: What to do if you’re planning or attending a wedding during the pandemic

    WYFF: SC governor orders end of federal pandemic unemployment programs by late June

    WYFF: CDC may roll out seasonal COVID-19 boosters

    5/03/2021

    Go Upstate: SC health officials urge continued mask-wearing, despite McMaster pleading for end to mandates

    WYFF: Heading to college? More than 100 US universities are requiring COVID-19 vaccines for students

    WYFF: TSA extends transportation mask requirement until fall

    4/27/2021

    AEO Advocacy Alert: SBA Reopens Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Application

    4/26/2021

    WYFF: Drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Anderson open to anyone

    WYFF: ‘This virus is an opportunist’: Parts of the US are more vulnerable to another hit by coronavirus

    WYFF: With OK from experts, some states resume use of Johnson & Johnson vaccine after 11-day pause

    4/19/2021

    WYFF: More than half of adult Americans have now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine

    WYFF: Dr. Fauci says he expects the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to resume later this week

    The State: SC COVID Update

    4/12/2021

    WYFF: Wearing masks could save at least 14,000 people from COVID-19 deaths by August, model predicts

    WYFF: Acting FDA commissioner: Pfizer’s request to allow vaccine for adolescents will be reviewed ‘as quickly as possible’

    WYFF: Your guide to avoiding COVID-19 at church and other religious services

    WYFF: When should you get the vaccine if you have had COVID-19?

    4/07/2021

    WYFF: Should I travel? Here’s what to consider

    WYFF: A dangerous COVID-19 variant has spread to all 50 states. Experts worry it could send cases surging

    Go Upstate: Spartanburg shoe store owner turns to online sales to stay step ahead of COVID downturn

    3/29/2021

    AARP: 10 Things the Fully Vaccinated Need to Know

    WYFF: Another COVID-19 surge is avoidable, health officials say. Here’s what could fuel or curb a spike

    WYFF: ‘Look at my family’: Rep.-elect Julia Letlow urges people to get vaccine after husband’s death

    Go Upstate: SCDHEC: Easter not a time to let up on COVID-19 precautions

    3/22/2021

    WYFF: Nursing homes, assisted living facilities to offer family visits again under new DHEC guidelines

    WYFF: Your guide to every COVID-19 vaccine question

    Go Upstate: SC COVID fight: Improvement plateauing, officials concerned about spring break, Easter

    3/19/2021

    Greenville County: Greenville County COVID-19 Data Hub

    WYFF: FEMA is setting up a program to reimburse families for funerals of loved ones who died from COVID-19

    Go Upstate: Applications being accepted for Spartanburg County COVID-related rent and utility assistance

    3/15/2021

    WYFF: Your guide to every COVID-19 vaccine question

    WYFF: Majority Whip Jim Clyburn talks about importance of getting COVID-19 vaccine

    Greenville Journal: Prisma Health to begin offering Johnson & Johnson vaccine as state enters distribution Phase 1b

    3/11/2021

    WYFF: Medical breakthrough could help COVID-19 ‘long haulers’

    WYFF: South Carolina announces updated nursing home visitation guidelines

    WYFF: South Carolina moves to Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccines (updated)

    3/08/2021

    WYFF: Prisma Health gears up for new rush of COVID-19 vaccinations as J&J doses arrive in SC

    WYFF: Upstate independent pharmacies to receive COVID-19 vaccine supply as early as Friday

    WYFF: Gov. McMaster lifts mask requirement for restaurants, state buildings, but still recommends them

    3/04/2021

    WYFF: Greenville Co. students to have e-learning day when teachers get vaccines

    3/02/2021

    WYFF: South Carolina moves to Phase 1B for COVID-19 vaccines

    Go Upstate: Over 40,000 doses of new COVID vaccine by Johnson & Johnson expected in S.C. this week

    3/01/2021

    WYFF: Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine gets the nod from CDC committee

    Go Upstate: COVID numbers improve in South Carolina, but only 3 states have higher rates of new cases

    2/26/2021

    WIS: DHEC director: South Carolina could be ready to move to Phase 1b in 2-3 weeks

    News 19: South Carolina’s vaccination plan gets $200 million boost

    Independent Mail: ‘I really cannot do it anymore’: Pandemic escalates burden of work, childcare at Clemson

    2/22/2021

    Columbia Regional Business Report: SC Housing launches rental and mortgage assistance program

    SC Housing: Are you struggling with rent and mortgage payments?

    WYFF: US COVID-19 numbers are slowing but experts project tens of thousands more deaths in next 3 months

    Post & Courier: DHEC warns not to give ‘black market’ COVID-19 vaccine shots to ineligible residents

    Columbia Regional Business Report: Vaccine supplier starts Upstate production in May

    2/17/2021

    WYFF: DHEC releases new COVID-19 demographic info to ensure equal access to vaccine, officials say

    DHEC: COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

    2/15/2021

    WYFF: These factors will determine how the pandemic unfolds from here, group of experts says

    Carolina Pharmacy: Carolina Pharmacy offering rapid testing in Greenville

    Go Upstate: SC continues to grapple with COVID vaccine shortages, disparities

    2/11/2021

    WYFF: Prisma Health announces consolidation of vaccination sites

    Greenville Journal: Clemson professor develops models to show COVID-19 spread and help vaccine rollout

    Index-Journal: Dr. Bell: SC’s phased vaccine plan a work in progress

    2/9/2021

    WYFF: Prisma Health cancels walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations for rest of week, Tuesday’s opening delayed

    Greenville County: New Greenville County COVID-19 Data Hub

    2/3/2021

    WYFF: Prisma shifts opening hours for Mondays at most Upstate vaccination sites

    WYFF: Vaccination appointments for those 65+ start today

    SCBiztv: Coping with COVID – The Vaccine: Logistics and Distribution, A Conversation with Michael Seemuller MD

    2/3/2021

    WYFF: DHEC changes percent positive calculations: spread remains at elevated levels

    WYFF: Clemson offering free COVID-19 saliva testing to Upstate

    Index-Journal: Self opens one-day vaccine clinic for people age 70+

    Gaffney-Ledger: Vaccination Clinic in Cherokee County

    WYFF: SC residents 65+ can schedule COVID-19 vaccine appointments beginning Monday

    CVS: COVID-19 vaccine will be available soon in select locations

    2/1/2021

    WYFF: Fauci sees vaccination for kids by late spring or the summer

    WYFF: DHEC unveils new phone line for handling only vaccine-related calls in SC

    WYFF: 8 myths about the COVID-19 vaccine explained

    WYFF: McMaster asks DHEC to reallocate over 37K COVID-19 vaccine doses from federal program

    1/29/2021

    The Laurens County Advertiser: Ridge at Laurens set as new vaccination site in Prisma Health Laurens County partnership

    1/28/2021

    Independent-Mail: Anderson replaces emergency mask requirement with city ordinance that expires in March

    WYFF: Prisma Health System to take walk-in COVID-19 vaccine appointments again

    1/27/2021

    WYFF: What to do, and not do, before and after your COVID-19 vaccine shot

    WYFF: Click here to make a COVID-19 vaccine appointment in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia

    WYFF: COVID-19 vaccine help on the way in SC: DHEC works to create new scheduling system

    1/25/2021

    WYFF: FDA gives approval for syringes to extract an extra dose from vials of the COVID-19 vaccine

    WYFF: More groups added to South Carolina’s Phase 1B for vaccines

    WYFF: North Carolina identifies first case of UK COVID-19 variant, officials say

    WYFF: CDC still working on goal to double coronavirus sequences to expand hunt for mutations

    WYFF: CDC reports record number of daily COVID-19 vaccinations as states struggle with supply

    WYFF: Prisma Health is no longer taking walk-ins at vaccination sites, officials say

    1/22/2021

    Harris Teeter: Harris Teeter Offers COVID-19 Vaccinations

    Go Upstate: Spartanburg school districts helping teachers cope with burnout

    1/20/2021

    Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System: Register for COVID-19 vaccine in Spartanburg

    WYFF: Prisma Health offers help to 70+ people wanting a COVID-19 vaccine

    Independent Mail: North Pointe Senior Living residents in Anderson receive first round of COVID-19 vaccine

    1/19/2021

    WSPA: Gov. McMaster tours vaccine stations at Spartanburg Medical Center

    Greenville Journal: Kmart Plaza near Greenville Memorial Hospital to be vaccine site starting Jan. 18

    AARP: COVID-19 Vaccine Scams a ‘Growing Problem’ Amid Slow, Chaotic Rollout

    1/15/2021

    WYFF: Prisma Health plans to provide 10,000 vaccines per day, officials say

    WYFF: Here’s how some of the leading coronavirus vaccines work

    WYFF: Greenville city, Prisma health leaders address COVID-19 surge, vaccinations

    1/14/2021

    Go Upstate: Spartanburg Regional to launch COVID vaccination clinic for residents

    Hispanic Alliance: Hispanic Alliance COVID-19 Resources

    Anderson-Independent Mail: Prisma and Greenville address vaccine rollout

    Index-Journal: DHEC working to get limited vaccine supply in people’s arms

    The Laurens County Advertiser: Prisma gains staffing help through collaboration with state agencies, S.C. National Guard

    Greenville Journal: Greenville Mayor and Prisma officials discuss rising COVID-19 cases and vaccine rollout

    1/11/2021

    Greenville News: Dozens of Upstate SC law enforcement officers are out of work because of COVID-19

    1/10/2021

    Go Upstate: Positive COVID rates in Upstate SC remain above 30%

    1/08/2021

    DHEC: DHEC Encourages South Carolina Hospitals to Begin Vaccinating Admitted Patients Age 65 and Older

    The State: Three South Carolina cities among worst COVID hotspots in US, White House report shows

    1/01/2021

    Go Upstate: Cherokee County hospital reports 100% capacity. Other Upstate hospitals with few beds.

    WYFF: Greenville County School District discusses return to classes after winter break

    12/31/2020

    WYFF: When could you be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine? SC health officials offer timeline

    12/23/2020

    DHEC: Enjoy the Holidays Safely (COVID-19)

    12/21/2020

    GSA Business Report: Upstate witnesses highest COVID-19 cases in state

    12/18/2020

    WYFF: South Carolina hits new record in daily COVID-19 cases, 7 days after setting previous record

    12/15/2020

    Greenville Journal: Upstate receives first vaccines

    12/14/2020

    WYFF: Who will get COVID-19 vaccine first in South Carolina?

    Go Upstate: Vaccines in the Upstate

    The State: SC schools to receive $84M in coronavirus relief money

    12/13/2020

    Go Upstate: Holiday gatherings, travel lead to COVID spike in Greenville and Upstate

    12/08/2020

    Greenville News: In percentages and cases, the Upstate is leading a surge in coronavirus in South Carolina 

    The Clinton Chronicle: The Lieutenant Governor visits Josten’s in August 2020

    12/03/2020

    Go Upstate: Here’s when vaccines could arrive in SC

    12/02/2020

    Greenville News: Greenville County helps Prisma Health with COVID vaccine strategy and grants $1.8 million

    11/25/2020

    Columbia Regional Business Report: PPP forgiveness eased as delays concern lenders

    GSA Business Report: Greenville Technical College freezes tuition for spring

    The Laurens County Advertisor: District 55 moving to full in-person classes

    11/18/2020

    Go Upstate: South Carolina’s COVID vaccine distribution plan unveiled, public availability months away

    11/16/2020

    Greenville Chamber: Mask Up application

    11/13/2020

    Go Upstate: Spartanburg hospitals nearing full capacity with COVID patients as winter approaches

    11/10/2020

    Independent Mail: Anderson extends mask ordinance into 2021 to fight the spread of coronavirus

    11/09/2020

    WYFF: Pfizer says early data signals COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective

    Independent Mail: Christmas parades in Upstate SC: What’s planned and canceled for the 2020 holiday season

    Independent Mail: As campus cases fall, Clemson seeks to widen COVID-19 testing to surrounding communities

    11/05/2020

    Independent Mail: Quarantines, stress, finding routine: 3 Clemson students and their semester during COVID

    11/03/2020

    Greenville County: CARES Funding Available for Small Businesses in the Upstate

    11/01/2020

    Go Upstate: Coronavirus cases surge in South Carolina, rising 18% above last week

    10/29/2020

    CDC: CDC Guidelines for Polling Places

    10/23/2020

    WYFF: DHEC launches new coronavirus tracking tool for South Carolina

    WYFF: Wearing masks could save more than 100,000 US lives through February, new study suggests

    Columbia Business Report: New project to collect COVID-19 information

    10/22/2020

    WYFF: UofSC eliminates spring break for 2021 citing COVID-19 concerns

    WYFF: Clemson University instruction going online-only after Thanksgiving holiday, officials say

    10/17/2020

    WYFF: 7 ways to stay healthy (and sane) during the fall coronavirus surge

    10/13/2020

    Columbia Business Report: New pandemic relief programs open for S.C. businesses

    10/12/2020

    City of Greenville: Greenville City Council extends mask ordinance

    Greenville News: DHEC’s top doctor shares 6 things SC families need to know about COVID-19 this fall

    10/9/2020

    WYFF: DHEC officials stress importance of flu vaccines amid COVID-19

    10/8/2020

    DHEC: Nursing Homes to Begin Reporting Visitation Status to DHEC

    10/5/2020

    AP News: Absentee voting for 2020 election begins in South Carolina

    WYFF: High court reinstates South Carolina ballot witness requirement

    9/27/2020

    WYFF: Military suicides are up as much as 20% during COVID-19 pandemic (Suicide Hotline number: 800-273-8255)

    9/26/2020

    Greenville News: In new reversal, court rules witness signatures not required for SC mail-in ballots

    9/24/2020

    WYFF: COVID-19 leads to poll worker shortage; First time poll workers training for November

    9/23/2020

    WYFF: Some Greenville County Students to return to classes 4 or 5 days a week

    9/19/2020

    Greenville Journal: Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering event at the Drive goes virtual

    9/17/2020

    FOX Carolina: CVS plans to double COVID-19 testing sites across the county; new locations added in the Upstate

    Upstate Business Journal: SC DEW launches online learning initiative for those unemployed due to COVID-19

    9/11/2020

    Columbia Business Report: DHEC developing COVID-19 vaccination plan

    9/9/2020

    WYFF: Greenville County Schools to provide free meals to all students through end of 2020, district says

    Upstate Business Journal: Greenville translation company creates COVID-19 Response Translation System

    9/7/2020

    WYFF: Laurens County School District 55 to start school Tuesday online after code ‘red’ rating

    Greenville Journal: Meals on Wheels of Greenville launches e-card program

    9/4/2020

    Gaffney Ledger: DHEC Provides Online Reporting of COVID-19 Cases among Public and Private Schools

    9/3/2020

    Greenville Journal: Greenville County students reflect on the first week of in-person instruction

    9/2/2020

    Greenville CEO: Meals on Wheels of Greenville Combats Senior Isolation Through New E-Card Program

    ionGreenville: DHEC to Begin Releasing South Carolina School Related Covid-19 Data

    9/1/2020

    The State: Poised for potential COVID-19 expansion, SC prepares for absentee voter surge

    The State: Here’s how you’ll be able to visit loved ones in SC nursing homes under new guidelines

    8/31/2020

    Greenville CEO: Prisma Health Offers Limited Visitation for Designated Care Partners beginning Sept. 1st

    8/29/2020

    WYFF: Labs report DHEC coronavirus testing records are missing thousands of results

    8/28/2020

    WYFF: Rules for fans at high schools sports in South Carolina released

    8/26/2020

    Greenville CEO: Updated Mask Requirement Data Reinforces that Masks Work

    Greenville CEO: Saliva Testing for COVID-19 Now Available Through Premier Medical Laboratory Services

    8/25/2020

    WYFF: Governor McMaster weighing lost wages assistance options

    SCBIO: SC Emergency Supply Portal Joins PPE Exchange: Get PPE Supplies You Need

    WYFF: ‘Neck gaiters may be among least effective type of face coverings’: SC DHEC physician says

    8/24/2020

    GSA Business Report: Greenville CARES funds to tackle housing issues

    8/21/2020

    WYFF: McMaster asks DHEC to allow nursing home, assisted living facility visitors

    8/20/2020

    Greenville CEO: Piedmont Natural Gas Outlines Flexible Payment Plans for Customers Behind on Natural Gas Bills

    8/19/2020

    GSA BizWire: Sylvan Learning Centers providing Back to School packets and resource material

    Greenville CEO: Beating Back COVID: 5 SC Companies Share Their Secrets to Overcoming the Pandemic

    The Greenville News: Millions in unused CARES Act funds remain up for grabs in Greenville County

    8/18/2020

    Greenville CEO: Don’t Wait to Get Help: SC Thrive’s COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program Is Available, Now With Updated Eligibility Requirements

    Greenville CEO: Duke Energy Plans Gradual Return to Standard Business Operations while Continuing to Assist South Carolina Customers in Need

    8/17/2020

    WIS News: SC Senate to return in September to discuss updating voting laws ahead of 2020 election in light of COVID-19

    GSA Business Report: Anderson Sings fundraiser announced

    Kidding Around Greenville: Outdoor Wireless Access Offered at Greenville Libraries

    Greenwood Index Journal: Greenwood Soup Kitchen skeleton crew needs more volunteers amid pandemic

    WYFF: SC education leaders outline face covering guidelines for K-12 public schools

    Prisma Health: Why getting a flu shot should be at the top of your fall to do list

    8/13/2020

    SoCon: SoCon postpones fall conference competition

    8/12/2020

    Greenville CEO: South Carolina Offers Free Training to Support Teachers and Principals with Virtual Instruction

    Greenwood Index Journal: Greenwood Housing Authority extends COVID protections for some renters

    Spartanburg Herald Journal: Spartanburg County Libraries freeze hiring as in-person events nixed through Dec. 31

     

    8/11/2020

    Greenville CEO: S.C. Department of Commerce: Mask up to Prevent the Spread

    Fox Carolina: Greenville Co. Schools announce meal sites for students in Virtual Program

    Greenville CEO: SC Banks Close $5.7 Billion in PPP Loans, Protect more than 650,000 Jobs

     

    8/10/2020

    WIS TV: SC school buses will be disinfected with electrostatic sprayers

     

    8/7/2020

    Greenville Journal: The Blood Connection: Another way to help

     

    8/6/2020

    WIS TV: Only slight improvement in available child care, organizations can now apply to temporarily fill that need

     

    8/5/2020

    Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce: Free community COVID-19 testing at Charles Lea Center through August 31

    Greenville Journal: More COVID-19 relief funds awarded to Greenville arts organizations

    Greenville CEO: Healthy Me – Healthy SC to Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing and Help Fight Health Disparities Statewide

     

    8/4/2020

    WYFF: Greenville Co. School Board updates framework on reopening, sports

     

    8/3/2020

    WSPA: Children’s Museum of the Upstate offers e-learning and after school childcare for Upstate families

    WCSC: McMaster order strengthening face mask rules takes effect Monday

    City of Clemson: Clemson University SARS-CoV-2 in Wastewater Monitoring Record Updates

     

    7/31/2020

    WYFF: Masks will now be required for everyone inside a public school facility in South Carolina

     

    7/30/2020

    Greenville Journal: Contact tracers play critical role in containing COVID-19 in the Upstate

    WYFF: Greenville chamber asks Greenville County council to take ‘swift action’ on mask ordinance

    WYFF: South Carolina offering free Wi-Fi to qualifying households with students

     

    7/29/2020

    Greenwood Index Journal: Organizers cancel 2020 South Carolina Festival of Discovery, plan return in 2021

    WYFF: Gov. McMaster announces new restrictions, new openings for businesses in South Carolina

     

    7/27/2020

    Anderson Independent Mail: Photos from Anderson University getting ready return to school

    GSA Business Report: IVC using drive-thru job fair for next round of hiring

    Columbia Regional Business Report: Six school district reopening plans receive approval

    Spartanburg Chamber: Spartanburg Chamber Partners with Luxor Scientific to Offer Fast-Turnaround Covid-19 Testing for Businesses

    GSA Business Report: Milliken expands domestic production of medical fabric

    Columbia Regional Business Report: Palmetto Priority program has drawn 2,500 participants

     

    7/24/2020

    GoUpstate: Top SC health official backs statewide mask order, says local rules have ‘trickling’ effect

     

    7/23/2020

    WYFF: Unemployment benefits extended in South Carolina

    Greenwood Index-Journal: Health officials address public’s COVID-19 questions

     

    7/22/2020

    WYFF: Which hand sanitizers are being recalled? These 75 products are on the FDA’s list

    Laurens County Advertiser: Hospital head urges masks to fight COVID surge

    WIS News: At least 100k SC households to receive mobile hotspots, monthly internet service for students

     

    7/21/2020

    Pickens County Courier: SC High School League passes updated schedule for fall sports

    GSA Business Report: Countybank processes $61 million in PPP loans

    Greenville CEO: Prisma Health Announces Six Additional COVID-19 Community Testing Events for the Week of July 20th

    Greenville CEO: New Survey Shows What SC Consumers Think About Coronavirus Issues

     

    7/20/2020

    Spartanburg County Chamber of Commerce: Spartanburg Businesses Commit to Combating COVID-19

    WYFF: Greenville doctors give ‘jarring, serious’ message about surge of coronavirus cases in our area

    Greenville Journal: Clemson establishes drive-thru COVID-19 testing for some returning employees

    WYFF: Bring your mask: These stores are requiring customers to wear face coverings to enter

     

    7/19/2020

    Greenville County Schools: Improvements to In-person Attendance Schedule

     

    7/17/2020

    Greenville County Schools: GCS adjusts school start date

    WYFF: Greenville launches “Mask Up. Life is Waiting.” campaign due to local COVID-19 surge

    Upstate Business Journal: Canceled conference leads to thousands of meals for vulnerable community members

    Fox Carolina: DHEC and South Carolina LLR say nursing graduates can now help health care facilities amidst COVID-19

    WYFF: AnMed Health: 1,000% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since June 19

    WYFF: Greenville launches “Mask Up. Life is Waiting.” campaign due to local COVID-19 surge

     

    7/16/2020

    WYFF: Panthers confirm they’ll limit capacity for home games

    WSPA: Travelers Rest City Council passes face mask ordinance

     

    7/15/2020

    WYFF: High school league shoots down proposal to move football to spring

    GSA Business Report: Mask Up initiative distributes 10,000 masks

    Greenville CEO: Greenville Chamber, Community Partners, to Distribute 40,000+ Masks to Small Business Community

    GSA Business Report: Fall for Greenville becomes virtual platform for restaurants, artists

     

    7/13/2020

    Fox Carolina: GSP installs two new PPE vending machines

    GoUpstate.com: COVID-19 testing costs now reimbursable for uninsured in SC

     

    7/10/2020

    Greenville CEO: Initial Unemployment Claims Drop in SC but Still Number in the Thousands

     

    7/7/2020

    Anderson Independent Mail: SC Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities campus to remain closed for fall semester

    Greenville Journal: Survey: ‘Serious concerns’ over starting school year

    Greenwood Index-Journal: Greenwood City Council discusses face mask requirement

    GSA Business Report: $79 million in CARES Act funding open to Greenville businesses

    GSA Business Report: Senate passes nonprofit unemployment reimbursement bill

     

    7/2/2020

    Greenville Journal: The show must be paused: Musicians grapple with playing live as COVID-19 numbers rise

    Spartanburg Herald-Journal: Spartanburg Regional’s head doctor: ‘Put the masks on’

     

    7/1/2020

    Columbia Regional Business Report: Extended unemployment benefits now available in S.C.

    Greenville News: Young people ‘who consider themselves to be immortal’ are spreading coronavirus in SC

     

    6/30/2020

    Greenville Journal: “Summer will not be the same” as Greenville Drive cancels season

    Pickens County Courier:  AG, SLED weigh in on mask laws

     

    6/29/2020

    Greenville Journal: The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale goes digital

    Clemson University: Clemson Extension agribusiness team offers COVID-19 resources for farmers

    Greenville CEO: SC Medical Manufacturing Firm Shifts Production to Overcome COVID-19 Testing Supply Shortage

     

    6/26/2020

    Livin’ Upstate: Registration now open for SC Works Greater Upstate’s professional virtual job fair on July 16

    WYFF: Requirements for Clemson students to return, graduation plans announced

     

    6/25/2020

    Greenville Journal: Homeless shelters adjust during the pandemic

     

    6/23/2020

    Pickens County Courier: Increased levels of COVID-19 have been detected in Clemson’s wastewater

    Greenwood Index-Journal: Community Foundation honors its first “Community Hero” recipient

    GSA BizWire: Hospitality Leaders Announce New Initiative Aimed to Protect Patrons and Employees

     

    6/22/2020

    GSA Business Report: Greenville City Council to vote on mask ordinance tonight

    Columbia Regional Business Report: DHEC warns of increasing COVID-19 cases among youth

     

    6/19/2020

    Greenwood Index-Journal: Pandemic brings Respiratory Care profession to forefront

    GSA BizWire: Mendoza, Other Liberty Fellows Receive McNulty Foundation Funding for COVID-19 Response

    WYFF: Federal aid pays millions in child care costs for South Carolinians

     

    6/18/2020

    Greenville Journal: COVID-19 drastically affecting Greenville’s Hispanic communities

    WYFF: Upstate research site network selected to run COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

     

    6/17/2020

    Post and Courier: Drumbeat of closures to slow as SC says restaurants don’t have to close for COVID-19 cases

     

    6/16/2020

    Match to Triumph Raises Over $40,000 for COVID Relief

     

    6/15/2020

    GSA Business Report: Equip Fulfillment provides protective equipment to transportation industry

     

    6/12/2020

    Greenville News: Greenville County Council approves $91M spending plan for COVID-19 relief

    Fox Carolina: Greenville County Schools announce start dates for summer camps, athletics; outline new safety measures

     

    6/3/2020

    The State: As COVID-19 cases rise, SC DHEC warns public to ‘hunker down,’ wear a mask when out

     

    5/29/2020

    WYFF: Report outlines how classes could resume in South Carolina

     

    5/28/2020

    Upstate Business Journal: Milliken boosts plastic industry’s face shield production

    Columbia Regional Business Report: COVID-19 testing available at 15 S.C. CVS locations

    WBTW: Governor McMaster extends state of emergency another 15 days

    WSPA: Bon Secours St. Francis Health System eases visitor restrictions

    Columbia Regional Business Report: DHEC director cites health issues, family concerns in resignation

     

    5/26/2020

    WYFF: Task force discusses next steps for South Carolina schools

    WSPA: 6 new COVID-19 community testing events happening this week in SC, Prisma Health says

     

    5/25/2020

    GoUpstate.com:  Free community COVID-19 testing this week in Spartanburg

     

    5/22/2020

    WYFF: South Carolina attractions reopen across state; sports, summer camps reopening soon

     

    5/21/2020

    The Union Times: COVID-19’s economic impact on restaurants

     

    5/20/2020

    Index-Journal: Clemson plans in-person classes; SC to reopen attractions

    Columbia Regional Business Report: SC Housing providing $5 million in rent assistance

     

    5/15/2020

    Columbia Regional Business Report: COPING WITH COVID: 3D design company making face shields

    GSA Business: Greenville task force releases recommendations, Hispanic business site

    GSA BizWire: YMCA of Greenville will reopen with commitment to safety

     

    5/14/2020

    Post and Courier: More than $2 billion approved for SC businesses in second round of federal loans

     

    5/11/2020

    SC salons, gyms, pools can reopen, McMaster says. Here’s when.

    SC restaurants can open for limited dine-in services today

     

    5/6/2020

    Duke Energy Foundation Donates $150,000 to Agencies in South Carolina Helping Pay Energy Bills during COVID-19 Crisis

    Outdoor seating opens up in Laurens, Laurens Co. adds 42nd COVID-19 case

     

    5/5/2020

    SC economic revitalization plan committee holds 2nd meeting

    Greenville County plans small business relief as major part of $91M federal COVID-19 grant

    Minorities hit hard by COVID-19. Trump taps SC’s Tim Scott to guide black outreach

     

    5/4/2020

    Home or work order lifted; reactions mixed to outdoor dining option

     

    5/1/2020

    Prisma Health, in Partnership with DHEC, Launches Community Testing for COVID-19 at Initial Seven Statewide Screenings Beginning This Weekend 

    SC chief judge extends eviction stay. Some renters protected until August 

     

    4/30/2020

    BMW Manufacturing to resume production on May 4

    GSP Airport to receive $25.8 million in stimulus grants

     

    4/28/2020

    Spartanburg Regional obtains rapid testing for COVID-19

    SC DMV to reopen all locations. Offices to use COVID-19 social distancing guidelines

     

    4/27/2020

    June 9 Primaries to be Held as Scheduled

    South Carolina WIC recipients getting more food choices

     

    4/26/2020

    Gov. Henry McMaster will extend state of emergency. What does that mean for SC?

     

    4/24/2020

    Six new coronavirus symptoms just officially added to CDC list. What are they?

    Unemployment benefits available for self-employed, gig workers in South Carolina

    Rescuing restaurants: Effort to help locally grows beyond city and state

     

    4/23/2020

    Unemployment claims drop in S.C. for first time in 5 weeks COPING WITH COVID: Greenville Area Development Corp.

    Greenville city, county launches business recovery task force

     

    4/22/2020

    Coronavirus forces SC K-12 schools online for the rest of the school year

     

    4/19/2020

    SC Gov. McMaster to lift coronavirus restrictions on some retail stores

     

    4/16/2020

    Spokesperson: Letter from McMaster does not mean S.C. businesses will stay closed to late June

     

    4/15/2020

    Sage Automotive Interiors Transitions to Medical Fabrics

    Rapid coronavirus testing machines heading to select SC hospitals, prisons

     

    4/14/2020

    How Will COVID-19 Policy Changes Impact Carolinians?

     

    4/13/2020

    New US attorney in South Carolina hunts coronavirus scams

    SC Launches COVID-19 Emergency Supply Portal to Connect Providers with Organizations in Need

    Governor extends state of emergency in South Carolina, all orders remain in effect

     

    4/8/2020

    Greenville lab processes Prisma COVID-19 tests in 24 hours

     

    4/7/2020

    Data predicts South Carolina’s peak coronavirus resource use on April 24

    S.C. LLR Extends Renewal Deadlines During Health Emergency

    Greenville to close all of Swamp Rabbit Trail within city limits Spartanburg County orders county buildings closed to public

     

    4/6/2020

    Gov. McMaster toughens SC coronavirus stance with ‘go to work or stay home’ order

    More businesses in SC must close after being deemed nonessential during coronavirus

     

    4/3/2020

    McMaster directs DHEC to release coronavirus ZIP-code data that had been withheld

    Milliken pivots to produce more PPE

     

    4/2/2020

    BlueCross BlueShield waiving out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19

    GSP cuts hiring, closes restaurants as demand drops over coronavirus concerns

    Hospitals Creating Drive-Thru Specimen Collection Sites to Combat COVID-19

     

    4/1/2020

    South Carolina DMV scales back Upstate operations

    Prisma Health closes North Greenville emergency room during coronavirus pandemic

     

    3/31/2020

    SC Gov. McMaster expected to order ‘non-essential’ businesses to close to fight coronavirus

    Maps and Trends: Coronavirus in South Carolina (updated 3-31)

    Spartanburg Regional begins drive-through testing at USC Upstate

    SC governor closes beaches, boat ramps to combat coronavirus

     

    3/30/2020

    Spartanburg Regional: Some employees have tested positive for coronavirus

    Sassafras Mountain Tower, along with Bald Rock Heritage Preserve, have been closed to the public because they do not offer enough space for safe social distancing, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources said in a news release.

     

    3/27/2020

    SCDMV extends deadline for driver’s licenses, permits, registrations

    SC governor, health officials give update on coronavirus cases, state’s response

    SC state parks closing through April

    Spartanburg restaurants selling produce, other items during coronavirus outbreak

    Greenville to consider ‘stay-at-home’ order after SC Gov. McMaster chooses not to

    Greenville-based laboratory named first SC commercial laboratory validated for COVID-19 testing

    3/26/2020

    Prisma Health says it’s developed a way to make 1 ventilator work for 4 coronavirus patients

    COVID-19 Answers and Updates from BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina’s Chief Medical Officer

    3/25/2020

    City of Greenville Enacts Curfew, Temporarily Closes Falls Park

    Greenville-based laboratory named first SC commercial laboratory validated for COVID-19 testing

    3/20/2020

    Milliken & Company Scales up Production of Advanced Anti-microbial BioSmart® Fabric for Front-line Medical Workers

    Meals on Wheels of Greenville Combats Senior Loneliness During COVID-19

     

     

     

    Celebrating Upstate Unsung Heroes Virtual Event:

    CLICK HERE to download and view the full list of nominees for this event

    CLICK HERE to register for this event

     

    Celebrating Public (More than Simply) Education

    Celebrating Public (More than Simply) Education

    by Catherine Schumacher, President & CEO, Public Education Partners

    I’m writing this blog post from my home office, where I am enjoying one of the two benefits of working from home (the other being the dress code): windows.

    I never thought I would miss my windowless office at Public Education Partners so much. I took the quiet space, free of distractions, for granted. I took my brilliant and funny colleagues, the quick convenings in the hallway and the rather grim breakroom, for granted. Lots of things…taken for granted.

    As our communities come together to respond to COVID-19 and its wide-ranging impact, all of us at Public Education Partners hope that there is one thing that no one will take for granted ever again: the essential role that public schools play in our society. Not just as places of learning, but as anchors of our communities.

    Schools are, first and foremost, a safe space where our children learn to be educated, engaged, empathetic members of society. What we have seen in the last few weeks, however, is all of the OTHER things our schools do as well. Kids receive healthy meals that keep their bodies strong and minds sharp. They turn to school-based health centers to receive medical care and mental health supports. Families are connected to a broad network of social service providers that help with everything from homelessness to job training.

    All from one, chronically underfunded system.

    Our school districts–our teachers, counselors, principals, staff, administrators, and superintendents–are superheroes. As Greenville County Schools Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster observed in this op-ed published last week in the Greenville News, the efforts to transform learning and other support for our students on a very short timeframe are nothing short of “heroic.”

    In Greenville County alone, we have 81 different locations where the district is providing not only two meals per day for students, but also free wi-fi access so that kids who don’t have it at home can download new content to their school-issued Chromebooks, submit assignments to teachers, and continue learning. Special education teachers, counselors, and school social workers are all keeping a close eye on their students, checking in just as they would if schools were in session as usual. These efforts are being replicated at districts across the Upstate, and they powerfully demonstrate the ways in which public education is about so much more than academics.

    Public Education Partners of Greenville County is proud to serve as co-facilitator with Ten at the Top of the Upstate Education Spectrum, which convenes key stakeholders to discuss critical needs in education that impact our Upstate Counties. Over the last year, we have been focusing on the teacher shortage, working together to develop strategies for recruiting and retaining the best teachers for our Upstate classrooms—inviting them to #TeachattheTop.

    The Teach at the Top brand was developed in partnership with our friends at Duke Brands and will be the heart of collaborative messaging about the benefits of teaching in the Upstate. Like PEP’s #Teach864 campaign, Teach at the Top will celebrate the terrific work of teachers and schools in our communities. Keep an eye out for news from #TeachattheTop on social media platforms in the weeks to come—now is the perfect time to shine a bright spotlight on these superheroes among us.

    I also want to ask our Upstate community to keep a close eye on how we can support our public schools, teachers and administrators, and the students and families that they serve over the next several weeks. In particular, our Upstate United Ways are helping to coordinate strategic supports for children and families during this time. Public Education Partners will be doing everything that we can to be a good partner to Greenville County Schools, our colleagues at Ten at the Top, and others as we navigate this crisis. I invite you to follow us on our social media platforms (@PEPGreenville) and website for critical information relating to COVID-19, along with updates about our own programming.

    Be well. Stay safe. Thank a teacher.

     

     

    Public Education Partners (PEP), founded in 1985, leads our community in acting collectively to support, strengthen, and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools. To that end, its work focuses on Elevating Teachers, Empowering Advocates, and Engaging Communities.