As the Aiken County School Board prepared to re-evaluate reopening plans for schools this fall, dozens of parents, teachers, and concerned citizens protested outside of the school district office on Brookhaven Drive on Tuesday evening. 

Mainly a mix of teachers and some parents, the protesters gathered to speak out against returning to a traditional model of learning – which would involve schools operating at maximum capacity five days a week – ahead of a board meeting where representatives were to decide whether to pursue a hybrid model of learning this fall. 

The board previously approved on July 16 a proposal for a hybrid model of in-person and virtual learning when schools reopen this fall and held the meeting Tuesday to review the approved plan.