Several Lowcountry private and charter schools announced their intentions to follow Gov. Henry McMaster’s planned order to keep public schools closed through April.


South Carolina High School League spring sports will also remain suspended.


The Diocese of Charleston closed schools through April. This includes John Paul II Catholic School and St. Gregory the Great Catholic School.


JPII principal John McCarthy said additional information will be sent to parents and students by email.


Thomas Heyward Academy head of school Marilyn Davis issued a statement Tuesday.


"THA will be following Gov. McMaster's mandates," Davis said. "We are utilizing the FACTS/Renweb Students SIS System to communicate assignments to students and parents. We are also incorporating lessons and assignments through Google Classroom. This includes, but is not limited to, daily assignments, graded assignments and lesson streaming capabilities."


Cross Schools will stay closed through April and grades K-8 will continue distance learning during the closure except for April 10 and spring break, April 13-17.


Royal Live Oaks Academy of the Arts and Sciences will remain closed until April 30. Teachers will continue to instruct students through distance learning.


Polaris Tech Charter School announced it will stay closed through April 30. Lessons and assignments will still be delivered online by navigators or mail.


SCHSL announced Wednesday the suspension of all sports activities will extend through April.


A previous decision by the SCHSL executive committee suspended sports through April 5. The committee is scheduled to meet April 2 by teleconference to review the spring sports schedules and status of the coronavirus.


"We must continue the suspension of athletics not only as a necessary safety measure but to fully comply with the governor's executive order," SCHSL commissioner Jerome Singleton said. "It saddens me to say, at this time, there is not a prediction on when middle and high school athletics will resume."