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  • May 29, 2020

    Robbins Bitmoji Rain GRADUATION CEREMONIES TO UTILIZE RAIN DATES: As much as we hate to initiate the use of our rain dates, it appears the weather is not going to cooperate. Our students deserve a graduation ceremony with clear skies where the focus is on them and not the potential for rain!

    NCHS- Sunday, 7:30 p.m.
    LEHS- Monday, 7:30 p.m.
    CHS- Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

    KCSD RE-OPENING TASK FORCE: There is a tremendous amount of work that needs to occur for us to be fully prepared for all scenarios both this summer and to start the school year. The South Carolina “AccelerateEd” Task Force provides us with guidelines; however, it is up to each locality to determine what in those guidelines works best for their community so we will be putting our own re-opening task force together. The task force will be composed of board members, administrators, teachers, parents, and community members. There will be seven subcommittees bringing recommendations forward for consideration, and they will represent the main components of our school operations. We cannot work in silos, and this ALL needs to occur with specific and measurable outcomes identified to ensure the greatest level of success. Working in this manner will encourage unified messaging in and for our community. I have shared this once before, but here is a link to the state's recommendations for Summer Learning & Operations: AccelerateED Task Force - Summer Learning and Operations Recommendations

    Subcommittees:

    Curriculum & Instruction (includes educational technology)
    Food Service
    Transportation
    Extra/Co-Curricular Activities
    Special Education
    Related Arts
    Health & Safety

    SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE: In a memorandum released by the league, it states; “SCHSL member schools may begin limited summer activities when their district/school permits academic group activities on campus.” The decision for KCSD will be based on our Task Forces recommendations.

    SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM BEGINS JUNE 1ST: The first meal pickup for the summer feeding program will be June 4th. We will not be using bus routes, but will have meals available at three regionally located pickup sites. However, we will evaluate the program and may adjust this to ensure we are getting meals to the greatest number of children possible. Here are some specific guidelines and points for the program:

    • Pre-order meals weekly by Monday at 7 p.m. This can be done at this link: www.kcsdschools.net/mealsignup
    • Pre-ordered meals may be picked up on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Pickup sites: Blaney Elementary School, Camden High School, and North Central Middle School

    "I realized the secret to success is finishing!
    And not just finishing, but finishing strong!”
    #myKCSD #KCStrong #ElevateKCSD

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for May 22, 2020

    Robbins Bitmoji Flag HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY:  As we head into Memorial Day weekend, may we find time to relax and spend time with our families. It is a time for us to honor all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country as well as remember and honor family members no longer with us. This has been such a strange and difficult time for so many, and I pray there is a positive path forward. I do know that many have demonstrated that we truly are #KCStrong, and we will overcome this and come out stronger than before.

    SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO CONTINUE PHASED REOPENING:  Beginning Tuesday, May 26th, KCSD school buildings will enter the next phase of re-opening. This past week we opened our buildings to essential staff on a rotational basis. In this next phase, we will open our buildings to the public with some specific guidelines in place. First, all guests entering the buildings will be required to have a temperature check and sanitize their hands.  We will have the appropriate materials (non-contact thermometer and hand sanitizer) available on a table at the entry point.  We will also have disposable face masks available for those who wish to wear one and do not possess one of their own. Guests will remain in the front lobby/office unless escorted to another portion of the building.  

    SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM: We will continue our feeding program this summer, although there will be a few changes made to the operations. More details will be provided next week. 

    QUESTIONS ABOUT THE START OF A NEW SCHOOL YEAR: 

    • Understandably so, there have been many questions on what the start of a new school year is going to look and feel like. Just yesterday, Thursday, May 22nd, the AccelerateED SC Task Force submitted a draft proposal of recommendations for South Carolina schools.  The recommendations are made based upon the best information presently available and only represent a snapshot in time.  The task force’s recommendations stated they may need to be reconsidered, revised, or altered at a future date to conform to the latest guidance. Many of the recommendations for summer will also apply to the reopening of schools in the fall for the 2020–21 academic year.   

    • KCSD has a safety team in place that has been responsible for our individualized “Incident Action Plan” for how we operate. As we move into the summer and prepare for the fall, we will expand this safety team with participants representing school administrators, staff, parents, and students (where age-appropriate). Part of the work of this team will be to review our Standard Operating Procedures and current Incident Action Plan. We will address concerns created by the pandemic and what resources and professional development will be needed to be implemented as we prepare for summer operations and the future opening of operations for the new school year. 

    • As our state and KCSD moves into the 2020–21 school year, it is imperative that we use the summer to both address the challenges created by the lack of face-to-face instruction during our school closure and prepare the steps necessary to move forward. One of the task force subcommittees stated that “as a state, we must take the steps to LIFT our students in order to effectively address student-learning needs.” To meet that goal, the subcommittee recommendations for summer 2020 fall into four areas:

    * Learning * Identification * Formulation * Transition *

    This link will take you to the entire AccelerateED Task Force Summer Learning & Operations Recommendations: AccelerateED Task Force - Summer Learning and Operations Recommendations

    CONCLUDING THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR:  Today marks the end of the 2019-20 instructional year.  We have a “Waive Week” scheduled for Tuesday through Friday of next week for any outstanding assignments.  Report Cards will be completed by Friday, May 29th.  As a reminder, Report Cards will be delivered via email and/or can be obtained in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

    • May 29th, 7:30 p.m. North Central High School Graduation
    • May 30th, 8:30 a.m. Camden High School Graduation
    • May 30th, 9:45 a.m. Lugoff-Elgin High School Graduation

    "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  #myKCSD   #KCStrong

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for May 15, 2020

    SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO REOPEN TO ESSENTIAL STAFF:  Beginning Monday, May 18th, we will start a phased re-opening of our school buildings.  Up to this point, only administration and contractors have been in the facilities.  On Monday, our teachers will return to work on closing out the 2019-20 academic year and preparing for the summer.  Each building principal has been tasked with putting together a schedule to keep the footprint to a minimum.  Additionally, the instructional staff in each facility should have received a standard operating procedure and guidelines for the return to the buildings. There will be a table set up at each location. The table will contain facemasks in the event the employee does not have one, hand sanitizing solution, a non-contact thermometer, and log book.  

    END-OF-THE-YEAR ACTIVITIES:   To go along with our phased re-opening, each building principal has scheduled year-end activities.  These activities include parking lot faculty meetings, drive-thru celebrations, and important textbook/computer turn-in dates.  I encourage you to visit your child’s school website to see the comprehensive list. Additionally, principals have been sending out communication via email and phone calls through our Blackboard Connect system.  Please call or email with questions.

    CURRENT DISCUSSION(S):  There continue to be many unknowns when it comes to the start of the 2020-21 school year in the fall. For the Kershaw County School District, we will not be holding our typical face-to-face summer camps.  As our phased re-opening continues, there remain many unknowns.  South Carolina has a task force “AccelerateED” that is meeting to discuss recommendations for school districts and communities.  The work of the task force can be found at the following URL: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/accelerateed-task-force/

    I believe it is important for our community to understand that first, these will be recommendations and the local Board of School Trustees will be responsible for approving a school district's plans.  Secondly, this will not be a “one size fits all” approach.  KCSD operates 21 school locations.  The size ranges from 115 students to 1700 students.  When we consider social distancing, emergency drills, class changes, lunch, recess, etc., we will have to look at a wide range of constraints as we develop our protocols and a way ahead.  Safety will be our number one priority as these plans are established.  I am confident, and we want our parents to be confident, that the appropriate precautions have been considered when crafting our standard operating procedures and guidelines.

    CONCLUDING THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR:

    • Instructional Week:  May 18-22
    • Waive Week: May 25-29
    • Report Cards:  May 29th (delivered via email and the PowerSchool Parent Portal)
    • Seniors
      • Final Assignments: May 15th
      • Grades Finalized in PowerSchool: May 19th
    • Grades K-11
      • Final Assignments: May 22nd
      • Grades Finalized in PowerSchool: May 27th

    "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  #myKCSD   #KCStrong

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for May 8, 2020

    Mother's Day It has been a few days since my last update. Today’s update will focus on our end-of-the-year instructional requirements for KCSD students.  The end will sneak up on us quickly.  We only have 19 calendar days remaining (underclassmen) and one full instructional week.  The final week will allow students time to complete any outstanding work.  I will continue to preach “Grace over Grades;” however, students need to understand that some of the outstanding assignments in PowerSchool could turn into zeros when grades are finalized.  I am certain our educators will make well-thought-out decisions when that time arises.  Just a reminder to visit our past coronavirus update on May 5th for graduation information for all three high schools.  If you are going to attend one of the ceremonies, please go to the link below.  Each high school has a hyperlink to the stadium layout and facility parking format.  Our high school principals will send out more detailed information as we get closer to the events.  Again, we apologize that we have to limit the attendance, but for our graduating seniors to have a face-to-face ceremony, this was our best option.  https://www.kcsdschools.net/coronavirus 

     

    eLearning “instructional plan” for the remainder of the year: 

    Below is the academic plan for the remainder of the school year.  I know it is difficult to communicate with some of our families for a variety of reasons.  I also understand that being in a virtual environment for this duration has created engagement challenges; however, let’s all do our best to finish strong.

    • Instructional Weeks:  May 4-8 and May 18-22
    • Waive Weeks:  May 11-15 and May 25-29
    • Report Cards:  May 29th (delivered via email and the PowerSchool Parent Portal)

     

    Important Dates:

    Seniors

    Final Assignments

    May 15th

    Grades finalized PowerSchool

    May 19th (by Noon)

    Grades 9-11

    Final Assignments

    May 22nd

    Grades finalized in PowerSchool

    May 27th (by Noon)

    Grades 6-8

    Final Assignments

    May 22nd

    Grades finalized in PowerSchool

    May 27th (by Noon)

    Grades K-5

    Final Assignments

    May 22nd

    Grades finalized in PowerSchool

    May 27th (by Noon)


    End-of-Year Activities (Non-Instructional): 

    Beginning May 18th, our staffon a limited and rotational basiswill be able to return to our school facilities.  Prior to that time, we will have our entry procedures in place.  We know it will be a slight inconvenience as employees will use one door, have a temp check, and sanitize hands upon entering the building.  Employees will also be required to wear masks if they are outside of their classrooms, offices, or in small team meetings.  During this time, the individual buildings will be finishing up schedules for student book and computer turn-ins, locker cleanouts, and potential summer virtual learning activities.  More detailed and specific information will be coming in the next week or so from the building principals.

    Food Service Notes: 

    Our food service department, coupled with our transportation department, continues to provide our students with meals weekly.  At last count, we had served over 257,000 meals across Kershaw County since the inception of our school closure.  There continues to be discussion at the state level on the level of support we will be able to provide during the summer months.

    Happy early Mother’s Day to all of our Kershaw County mothers.  “The influence of a mother in the lives of her children is beyond calculation.” (In Loco Parentis) - James E. Faust  #myKCSD   #KCStrong

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Graduation Update for May 5, 2020

    I sincerely hope this is our final update for Graduation 2020.  I have been in communication with a variety of state officials and confirmed that the limit of two guests per graduate is a recommendation.  After presenting to the Board of School Trustees our new course of action, and based on the size of our outdoor stadiums, we will return to our original plan of four tickets per graduate.  We understand that this is their day and have been working daily to do everything in our power to make it a positive and memorable event.  There are several school districts not only in South Carolina but across the country that are conducting virtual graduations.  We just don’t feel that does our students justice for 13 years of dedication.  Furthermore, we have several students across the county who will be leaving this summer as they have enlisted into one of the branches of our military.  Delaying graduation with the hopes that things will open back up is both unfair and unrealistic.  Therefore, we are re-issuing our graduation guidelines.

    • Persons exhibiting any signs of illness, who are immunocompromised, or identified by the CDC as part of a high-risk population should not attend.
    • Graduating seniors will be limited to four guest tickets.
    • Graduates will be given 1 parking hang tag for the drive-in theater option  (Note: After this was published on May 5, it was determined that the overflow for the LEHS graduation will be in the school's auditorium and gymnasium as opposed to being outside. Graduates will receive 2 tickets for the overflow seating, and those two persons need to arrive in the same vehicle.) 
    • Graduates will be given commemorative face masks to wear during the ceremony that match their graduation gowns and caps.
    • Seating must maintain the recommended six feet distance between attendees. Stadium seats will be clearly marked.
    • Lining up to enter the stadium:
      • Attendees must maintain six feet of separation. We will have the entrances marked to ensure appropriate spacing.
      • Attendees must have and wear a facemask. We will have facemasks available if you do not have one.
      • Our school nurses will check each attendee’s temperature. If your temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, you will not be permitted to enter the stadium.
      • KCSD School Resource Officers, law enforcement officials, and teachers will assist with ushering families to their seats and maintaining social distancing.
      • We will have hand sanitization tables at each entrance and outside of the restrooms. You must sanitize your hands before entering the stadium.
    • The event will be live streamed for maximum participation.
    • The live stream will be recorded and available on each school’s and the district’s website.
    • Diplomas will be on a table and picked up by the graduate to eliminate person-to-person contact.
    • After the ceremony, attendees will be released by row to ensure six feet of separation.
    • High school principals will designate times both pre and post graduation for families to come to campus for ceremonial pictures.

    North Central High School            

    Camden High School            

    Lugoff-Elgin High School


    Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know how difficult a time this is and want you to know we are working diligently to make this the best possible experience considering the limitations and restrictions we face. 

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Graduation Robbins Governor McMaster’s most recent executive order encouraged some form of formal high school graduation ceremony, whether it be in person or virtual.  The South Carolina Department of Education was tasked with providing school districts guidance on how to proceed.  With that being said, we have had to make some changes to our original graduation plan and release to reflect this updated guidance.  I apologize for any additional stress these changes may place on our families.

    • Persons exhibiting any signs of illness, who are immunocompromised, or identified by the CDC as part of a high-risk population should not attend.
    • Graduating seniors will be limited to two guest tickets.
    • Graduates will all be given a commemorative face mask to wear during the ceremony that matches their graduation gown and cap.  (Students will remove their masks when they walk across the stage so families will be able to see them and take photos.)
    • Seating must maintain the recommended six feet distance between attendees.  Stadium seats will be clearly marked.
    • Lining up to enter the stadium:
      • Attendees must maintain six feet of separation.  We will have the entrances marked to ensure appropriate spacing.
      • Attendees must have and wear a facemask.  We will have facemasks available if you do not have one.
      • Our school nurses will check each attendee’s temperature.  If your temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, you will not be permitted to enter the stadium.
      • KCSD School Resource Officers, law enforcement officials, and teachers will assist with ushering families to their seats and maintaining social distancing.
      • We will have hand sanitization tables at each entrance and outside of the restrooms.  You must sanitize your hands before entering the stadium.
      • The event will be live-streamed for maximum participation. We are working on a possible drive-in theater approach for those without a ticket who would like to be near the ceremony. Hang tags will be issued to graduates for admission to view the outdoor projection screen.
    • The live stream will be recorded and available on each school’s and the district’s website.
    • Diplomas will be on a table and picked up by the graduate to eliminate person-to-person contact. 
    • After the ceremony, attendees will be released by row to ensure six feet of separation.
    • High school principals will designate times both pre and post-graduation for families to come to campus for ceremonial pictures.
       

    North Central High School

    Friday, May 29th - 7:30 p.m. Football Stadium Rain Date: May 30th - 7:30 p.m.

    Camden High School

    Saturday, May 30th - 8:30 a.m. Zemp Stadium Rain Date: June 2nd - 7:30 p.m.

    Lugoff-Elgin High School

    Saturday, May 30th - 9:45 a.m. Football Stadium Rain Date: June 1st - 7:30 p.m.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.  We know how difficult a time this is and want you to know we are working diligently to make this the best possible experience considering the limitations and restrictions we face.  

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for April 24, 2020

    GRADUATION PLANS 2020

    Robbins Graduation Bitmoji Today’s update is going to focus on our “graduation ceremony” plans for 2020.  We have been brainstorming and planning for alternative solutions since the onset of this pandemic nearly six weeks ago.  We have weighed all of our options in an effort to provide our seniors and their families with the most memorable and positive experience possible.  After nearly 13 years of structured education, this is a culminating experience, and we want to celebrate and recognize them in a manner deserving of their hard work to achieve this goal.  Because there is no guarantee that we will be able to avoid the social distancing requirements for the secondary date in June, the high school principals were in agreement that our best option would be to stay with our original graduation dates, following social distancing guidelines with some slight modification in start times.  Below is the schedule for graduation moving forward.  Barring any major uptick in the curve and spike in new cases, these are solid dates and time moving forward.  A special thanks to Mrs. Corner (CHS), Mr. Branham (NCHS), Mr. Thomasson (LEHS) and Mr. Matthews (KCSD Director of Secondary Education) for their cooperation and collaboration in the development of this plan.

    North Central High School - Friday, May 29, 2020 - 7:30 p.m. - Football Stadium

    Camden High School - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8:30 a.m. - Zemp Stadium

    Lugoff-Elgin High School - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 9:45 a.m. - Football Stadium

    Important Information:

    • Students will be limited to four tickets 
    • The stadiums will be set up to accommodate social distancing
    • We will have specific entry procedures, again allowing for social distancing
    • Before entering, guests will have their temperature checked and put on a mask (you may bring your own)
    • We will live stream all three ceremonies
    • More detailed information will come from your building principals in the near future

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for April 22, 2020

    Governor and State Superintendent Announce School Closure:  It was announced today that schools in South Carolina will remain closed through the remainder of the school year. We understand the questions and feelings of uncertainty that this situation creates for many of you.  Please trust that we are busy working to answer those questions and to have plans in place that will allow for a smooth transition into the summer months. We will continue to deliver instruction through our eLearning format. We have had many discussions on ways we can try to improve or enhance what and how we are delivering instruction.  Because of the wide range of backgrounds our students come from, our instructional and administrative team has determined we should maintain our current course of action.  

    Events such as end-of-the-year programs, proms, graduations, book and computer turn-ins, and locker cleanouts, etc. at all levels are being discussed so that we can provide our community with concrete dates and times as quickly as possible. We have established safety protocols for our current locations that include hand sanitization, non-contact temperature testing, and face masks. Before we open up any of our buildings, we will have the same procedures in place.

    I will end by saying that we truly understand we are in a state of damage control. We are working hard to make some type of incremental progress with our students.  I personally would stack our district up against any in the state of South Carolina in terms of our response.  It has a lot to do with the dedication and effort of our staff at all levels and the support we have received and continue to receive from our community.  We are in this together, and together we will come out of this stronger than before.  It will take more than a tornado or pandemic to hold us down!  #KCStrong

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for April 17, 2020

    eLearning Instructional Week of April 20th:  In our rotational schedule, we will move into a full eLearning instructional week on Monday.

    COVID-19 Updates:  We are doing our best to communicate often with our patrons.  Please remember, you can always access our website and the associated link for all of our past and present COVID-19 updates: www.kcsdschools.net/coronavirus

    Camden High School Food Service Site:  Out of an abundance of caution, we went ahead and kept the CHS Food Service site closed for an additional week.  The facility, as well as all facilities, have been deep cleaned. CHS will have been unused and the staff in self-isolation for 16 days.  We have had no reports of additional cases. We will resume operations at the CHS site on Monday, April 20.

    NEW Employee Procedures:  As a reminder, we are now requiring all employees to confirm they have not had direct contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 and/or they have not been ill.  We are then taking and logging their temperatures. If a staff member’s temperature is greater than 100.4 degrees, we are sending him/her home for both the employee’s safety and the safety of the rest of the staff.  

    Grades and Report Cards:  The following memorandum will be sent to our parents: “Thank you for your assistance with our instructional change to eLearning lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate your support and wanted to provide you with additional information that we have now concerning grades and report cards.  The South Carolina Department of Education has mandated that school districts do not issue separate grades for the third and fourth quarters; there will be only one final grade per subject.  Assignments for high school seniors are due by May 15. Seniors who have not completed work by May 18 will receive zeros for missing assignments. Assignments for all other students are due by May 22. These students who have not completed work by May 22 will receive zeros for missing assignments.  Final exams will not be given in high school credit courses. Final report cards for all grade levels will be issued on May 29. Report cards for kindergarteners will be mailed on April 22 and May 29.  Grades can be viewed in the PowerSchool Portal, which is accessible from school and district websites. All students have usernames and passwords, and parents who do not have their own separate login information are encouraged to use their students’ logins. Students who do not know their login information may email greta.mcavoy@kcsdschools.net from their district email address for more information.”

    Strategically Planning:  We know there continue to be many unknown variables as it pertains to school.  I would ask that you continue to be patient as we are working on plans and back up plans based on the trajectory of this virus.  One example of this is our alternative solutions for graduation. Additionally, in the event we do not return to school, we will have a process in place for students to eventually return to the school(s) to turn in textbooks and computers.  This will also give them a chance to clean out desks and lockers. So much of this hangs in the balance of other decisions that must be made at higher levels before we can solidify our local course of action.

    School Board Meeting:  We will have our April school board meeting Tuesday, April 21.  It will not be open to the public. However, we will livestream the meeting so the public may watch and listen to the meeting.  Only board members and the superintendent will be physically present. The meeting begins at 6:00 p.m.

    Another Positive Note:  This week I received a message from North Central Middle School principal Mr. Chad Dixon.  He received an email with the testimony of a community member and a $4000 donation to pay off all the outstanding lunch accounts at NCMS.  The donor did not want to be recognized, but ended the message by saying; “I hope in this time of stress, anxiety and fear, you can cope a little better knowing that your children’s cafeteria account has been paid.”  

    I will say again, in the midst of a storm, our community continues to reveal bright rays of hope such as this individual.  #KCStrong

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for April 14, 2020

    School Closure……….What we know:  I realize everyone really wants to know if and when we are returning to school.  The pandemic models still forecast that South Carolina will hit its peak in late April.  With that in mind, there is little chance we will return to school by May 1st. Therefore, we need to continue to plan to operate in this environment for the remainder of the year.  If the Governor allows us to return back to school we will adjust accordingly. In the upcoming days, we will be surveyed to determine if we want to utilize the CARES Act money for additional instructional days.  We will also be discussing if there is value in returning to school for just a few remaining days if things do improve in early to mid-May.

    Limited Campus Access:  Beginning this week, we will start utilizing a screening process for those campus locations that are not on lockdown.  When our building principals visit their respective buildings to perform a site visit, they will wear a mask similar to the other locations.  We are seeking consistency across the district and will spend the next several days to achieve these new operational measures.

    eLearning Guidance:  As has been previously stated, we know this environment was never meant for a sustained period of time such as what we are experiencing.  All along we have been promoting a theme of “grace not grades” as we understand the many environments our students are living in right now.  For example we have:

    • Students who are home alone while adults are working;
    • Students who are caregivers for siblings and ill family members;
    • Students who work to help support their family;
    • Students who speak a language other than English and have language needs;
    • Students whose parents speak a language other than English and cannot assist with homework;
    • Students who have special education needs (e.g. children with an IEP);
    • Students who are coping with the illness or loss of a family member;
    • Students who are struggling with anxiety or depression; and
    • Staff who are working remotely and simultaneously planning and delivering remote instruction while also providing care for their families and, in many cases, their own children.

    It is for these reasons we have such wide flexibility in our expectations.  Families can always reach out to teachers if they desire more work for their children.  Likewise, our teachers need to continue to be aware of the above conditions experienced by many of our students.  At this point, we are in damage control and should remain focused on the positive aspects of what we are able to provide in this environment.  The state has provided school districts with a recommendation for the amount of work students are completing each day. Keeping in mind the several scenarios listed above, the “recommended” ranges are listed below.

     

    Grade Level Minimum Maximum Recommended Length of Sustained Attention
    PreK 20 minutes/day 60 minutes/day 3-5 minutes
    K 30 minutes/day 90 minutes/day 3-5 minutes
    1-2 45 minutes/day 90 minutes/day 5-10 minutes
    3-5 60 minutes/day 120 minutes/day 10-15 minutes
    6-8 Class: 15 minutes/day
    Total: 90 minutes/day
    Class: 30 minutes/day
    Total: 180 minutes/day
    1 subject area/class
    9-12 Class: 20 minutes/day
    Total: 120 minutes/day
    Class: 45 minutes/day
    Total: 270 minutes/day
    1 subject area/class

     

    Reminder: Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies:  Below are secondary dates for graduation if we do not return to school before Memorial Day.  We will be working on additional scenarios if we are still under restrictions for the secondary dates.

    • Camden High School: Saturday, June 27th
    • Lugoff Elgin High School: Saturday, June 27th
    • North Central High School: Friday, June 26th

    Ending on a Positive Note:  I was able to assist Gordon Morris, John Thompson, and Mr. Morris’ father Buster, in delivering 250 plants from the WTC greenhouse to KershawHealth for their employees.  The plants looked amazing (awesome work FFA students) and the KershawHealth employees were grateful. We will get through this together! #KCStrong

    Respectfully
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Food Site Update for April 11, 2020

    We will be serving breakfast and lunch again starting Monday, April 13. Pick up sites are Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary and North Central Middle. (Camden High will be temporarily closed, and food for the Camden bus routes will be prepared out of a different school kitchen.) Breakfast pick up is from 7-9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Also, starting April 13 at school pick up sites, we will be collecting the names of the parent and child receiving the meals, but you no longer have to have the child with you to receive food. (This only applies to pick up sites; there is no change for food delivered by our buses.)

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  • South Carolina Department of Education Launches Online Remote Learning Portal

    For Immediate Release
    April 09, 2020
    Contact: Ryan Brown, 803-734-5080
    rybrown@ed.sc.gov

    SC Department of Education South Carolina Department of Education Launches Online Remote Learning Portal with Resources for South Carolina Educators, Parents and Students
    Columbia, S.C. – As teachers, parents and students adjust to a new and unprecedented way of learning and living, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is dedicated to delivering support as we all navigate and learn together.

    This week, the South Carolina Department of Education launched SCRemoteLearning.com, a website offering digital teaching and learning resources for teachers, parents and students during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

    “I know that remote learning can be challenging for everyone,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. “We are committed to supporting both our teachers, who are working hard to make it possible for our students to learn at home, and parents and students, who are doing a great job of adjusting to these changes.”

    The information included on SCRemoteLearning.com was both developed internally and vetted from outside sources for use by school districts as instructional resources. The website offers support for remote learners that can be used by teachers across all grade levels.

    Teachers can find remote instruction information, website resources and learning resources broken down for elementary, middle and high school students. Parents and students will find materials to use as instructional resources. Additional content will continue to be added as they are developed and vetted.

    "We strongly invite and encourage teachers and parents to use this website to help navigate this challenging time in South Carolina,” said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. "We are continually working to support remote learning as we navigate this time.”

    Find support for remote learning at SCRemoteLearning.com.

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  • Kershaw County School District food service employee tests positive for COVID-19

    April 9, 2020

    The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) notified Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials on April 8 that a nutrition and food services employee who has worked at Camden High School during the school closure had tested positive for COVID-19. This employee last reported to work on April 2 and has been placed on home isolation. KCSD is currently on a weeklong spring break.

    “As a school district, we are very concerned about the health and well-being of our employees as our food service workers have been on the front lines since the onset of this pandemic,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “We pray she remains in good spirits as she continues to rest and recover from this illness.”

    In accordance with SC DHEC guidelines, KCSD has communicated with all KCSD staff who may have had direct contact with the employee and directed them to self-quarantine. Robbins said that in addition to the standard 14-day isolation period which includes this week’s spring break, these employees will stay at home for an additional week before returning to work.

    According to Robbins, the school district is following DHEC’s protocols to ensure all employees are aware of the necessary precautions and preventive measures as well as the steps to take in the event of possible exposure.

    “We have deep cleaned the Camden High School food service area and have also taken steps to thoroughly clean all of our food service preparation and distribution areas,” he said. “Additionally, after spring break, procedures will be in place to check the temperatures of all employees at the start of their work schedules daily.”

    The superintendent added, “These are uncertain times for all of us, and we don’t know how long these unusual conditions will continue to disrupt our daily lives. We do know our best defense against COVID-19 is to frequently wash our hands with soap and water, stay at least six feet away from others when possible, and stay home if you feel sick. I couldn’t be prouder of the sacrifices our employees are making on a daily basis for the children of Kershaw County. We will get through this together.”

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  • Update for April 3, 2020

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  • Update for April 1, 2020

    School Buildings to close April 6th: April 3rd will be the last day there will be regular building access. The Governor issued an executive order closing non-essential businesses. Schools do not fall into that category. However, as we enter spring break, we have decided to close our school buildings until further notice. Building principals will have access to conduct routine walkthroughs and to escort any employee who might have a need to retrieve something out of the building. Outside contractors working on the facilities will have access to the buildings on a limited basis. Exceptions to this are the locations in which we are preparing food for our students. All technology repair services will take place at our ATEC Campus where the Educational Technology Services Department is located. The district office will remain open to ensure there is no disruption in support and operations of the district. To our patrons, voicemails will be checked by our administrators and forwarded when possible. Our building administration, working remotely, will closely monitor email correspondence as well.

    Academic Plan:

    Grading:

    • One second semester grade-quarter 3 and 4 grades will be combined
    • Senior Grades submitted by May 15th-Students have until May 22nd to make-up any missing work.
    • Students who fail to complete work by the May 22nd deadline after multiple contacts and varied opportunities to do so will receive a zero for missing assignments.
    • We will be reaching out to Seniors needing required courses for graduation- credit recovery/courseware.
    • Elementary grades recommendation- From March 30th forward-2 major and 3 minor grades in ELA and Math, and 2 major and 2 minor grades in social studies and science.
    • Final Report cards will be issued on May 29, 2020

    Waivers:

    • 3rd Grade Retention ELA portion of SC Ready eliminated
    • Seat Time/Instructional Time requirements eliminated

    At the end of the day, we can focus on what is tearing us apart or what is keeping us together. We can focus on what we cannot control or place our efforts into improving what we can control.  As a leadership team, we pledge to lead with positivity, serving, supporting, and encouraging the employees and students of our district! Remember, because of many of you, we continue to provide meals for our children and instruction for their growth and development. We will get through this together!


    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 31, 2020, on Individual Education Programs (IEPs)

    Dear KCSD Families of Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs):

    During this time of school closures due to COVID-19, there are some important things to remember. Any actions taken by a district or school regarding closures are for the safety of all students, families, school personnel and community members. As districts are determining the most appropriate steps to ensure student and staff safety, we want to provide you with guidance relating to students with disabilities and their services. It is extremely important for families and schools to collaborate and communicate regarding services for students with disabilities.

    The United States Education Department understands that, during this national emergency, schools may not be able to provide all services in the same manner they are typically provided. During the current emergency school closure, it may be unfeasible or unsafe to provide hands-on physical therapy, occupational therapy, or tactile sign language educational services. Many disability-related modifications and services may be effectively provided online. These may include, for instance, extensions of time for assignments, videos with accurate captioning or embedded sign language interpreting, accessible reading materials, and many speech or language services through video conferencing.

    What will happen to my child’s services when school is canceled for all students due to COVID-19?

    • After an extended closure, districts are responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students eligible for special education services. The IEP teams may determine students need compensatory services or extended school year services.

    • If your child's annual review is unable to be conducted or an initial eligibility determination cannot be made due to additional testing requirements and was due during the school closure, appropriate school staff (i.e. special education teachers, school psychologists and related service providers) will be in touch with you in order to ensure that these processes are completed as soon as school reopens.

    What will happen to my child’s services when a school is closed but educational services continue to be provided through non-traditional means such as distance learning?

    • If KCSD elects to utilize nontraditional methods to provide educational opportunities to the general student population, then the district also must ensure that students with disabilities have equitable access to the same opportunities, including the provision of a Free Appropriate Public Education. KCSD and schools will work to ensure that all students receive services to the most appropriate and reasonable extent possible.

    • Although special education or related services may need to be adjusted, districts must provide IEP services. KCSD may provide IEP services through an alternative means, such as curriculum-based school work packets, online learning, or some other distance learning adapted to the student’s needs and location.

    • This is not a change in placement for your child. This is a temporary adjustment in service delivery for all students due to the current natural emergency.

    • Once schools reopen, IEP teams will be responsible for reviewing how the closure impacted the delivery of special education and related services to students with IEPs. Each student’s IEP team must make an individual determination of any skills that may have been lost because the student did not receive educational benefit due to missed special education services.

    Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Due to office closures, email is the best way to reach me, tarrence.mcgovern@kcsdschools.net. For general questions, you may access the South Carolina Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Services webpage at https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/special-education-services.

    Please stay safe! Your child’s teacher/therapist(s) are happy to help in any way possible.

    Sincerely,
    Tarrence B. McGovern
    Director of Special Services

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  • Update for March 30, 2020

    Normal eLearning instruction resumes this week: As a reminder eLearning assignments resumed this week. I do hope the waive week allowed our teachers to re-tool and possibly some extra student work to be completed. I want to continue to express this is a difficult situation. Some families are able to manage quite nicely, while others are and will have more of a challenge.

    Funding on the way: In my conference call today, we learned that the state of South Carolina will be receiving $206 million in emergency funding for K-12 education. The money is going to be divided out amongst SC school districts based on Title I formulas. We can use the funding for a variety of resources ranging from cleaning supplies to technology expenses.

    Shelter in place: If the Governor does issue a “Shelter in Place” order, there is a continued provision for essential services such as government and state services. Schools are considered essential services. We will close all facilities with the exception of a select few. We will maintain food service operations and technology support services. The remaining services will be on a case by case basis.

    Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice: This message is for KCSD Employees. Be on the lookout for an email from Mary Anne Byrd. It will contain a poster with the newly released FFCRA. You can also access the Frequently Asked Questions link at; https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-poster-questions

    Academic Plan: A comprehensive academic plan is going to be released tomorrow by the state. One thing that we know and can plan for now is that ALL senior coursework must be completed by May 15th.


    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 25, 2020

    SUPE CHAT: Coronavirus Update

    Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins & Executive Director for Community Relations Mary Anne Byrd provide an update on the KCSD coronavirus response & planning moving forward.

     

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  • Update for March 24, 2020

    School Closing Through April 30th: The Governor of South Carolina has mandated that all schools in South Carolina will now remain closed through April 30th.  We will not return to a normal schedule (as it stands) until May 1, 2020.  Our work/waive schedule will be as follows during this duration:

    • 23-27 March - Waive Week
    • 30 March - April 3 eLearning Instructional Week
    • 6-10 April - Spring Break
    • 13-17 April - Waive Week
    • 20-24 April - eLearning Instructional Week
    • 27-30 April - Waive Week
    • 1 May 2020 - Normal Schedule Resumes

    The Governor’s order does state that if things improve, an executive order could be issued to bring us back to school earlier.  With that being said, we are planning to be closed through April 30th.

    Spring Break Food Delivery: Parents- Today I supported the request to use Friday, April 3, 2020, to deliver ALL meals for spring break.  We will still utilize our current delivery locations. This is the only Friday that we will be delivering food.  We will deliver 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches for each child on this date. This allows our food service and transportation employees time for a much needed rest during spring break.  On a side note, the state considers meal delivery an essential health issue and will continue while we are in a state of closure.

    School Renewal Plans:  The deadline for School Renewal Plans that were originally due on April 30, 2020, has been extended to April 30, 2021.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 23, 2020

    When will we return to school:  While we have not received an official announcement, all you have to do is look at North Carolina and Virginia where their respective Governors have extended school closures to May 1st and beyond.  I was hopeful I would receive guidance today. However, for our families and staff, I will tell you to go ahead and prepare for a much longer duration than anticipated. During our “waive” week this week, teachers should plan for an entire week of instruction for 30 MAR-3 APR.  This will take us into spring break, 6-10 APR. If we do not return to school on 13 APR, which I suspect we will not, our students will have eLearning lessons from 13-17 APR. As more information is provided through our daily state conference calls, I will disseminate it to our community.

    U.S. Department of Education Approves South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver: State Superintendent Molly Spearman and the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) has received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the agency's assessment and accountability suspension waiver that was submitted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 17, 2020, Superintendent Spearman sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Education, Mick Zais, indicating South Carolina’s intent to suspend federally required assessments and giving notice of submitting additional accountability measure waivers. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released a form for states to request such waivers. The U.S. Department of Education reviewed and gave South Carolina approval to suspend assessments and waived certain accountability measures. For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:

    • SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8);
    • SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
    • End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
    • Prekindergarten assessments; and
    • Alternate Assessments

    The SCDE is working closely with the vendors of college entrance, college credit, and workforce readiness assessments to explore innovative approaches, such as testing online. To the extent possible, districts may administer these assessments to students who may need them for post-secondary or employment aspirations. These assessments include Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT, and WIN Ready to Work. Should these assessments be able to be administered, they will continue to be paid for by the state.

    Bright Note:  Mary Anne Byrd, our Executive Director for Community Relations shared with our team a recent segment that aired on SCETV, This Week in South Carolina.  In a gray environment, our transportation and food service departments are a bright ray of hope.  Our part starts at 3:00 mark.  

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 22, 2020

    Building Access:  Beginning Monday, 23 March, 2020 there will be no patron/visitor access to any building within the Kershaw County School District.  On our conference call with SCDHEC the main concern is to ensure we are maintaining “social distancing.” If we do not do this we are exposing ourselves to the possibility of overwhelming Kershaw Health and our health care providers.  With this in mind, our buildings will only be occupied by essential staff Monday thru Thursday. Additionally, from the district level down to the building level, we will use skeleton crews simply to ensure we maintain the continuity of service for our students and staff.

    Teachers:  Just a couple of quick points; Try to utilize the resources our students can access through clever first to minimize confusion.  However, as you are well aware, there are a variety of resources at your fingertips if you feel they will help you keep your students engaged.  As this drags on, student participation will become more and more difficult. This was never designed to be a long-term solution. I have already observed teachers and administrators reading to their students through google hangouts and other platforms.  I know you miss your students and likewise many of them miss you. Seeing your face and hearing your voice will help keep them engaged. I hope you realize as difficult as this is for KCSD, some across our state and country are not nearly as prepared as you are.  I continue to be proud of all I am seeing and observing.

    Food Service:  I want to re-emphasize that beginning Tuesday our buses will depart out of two additional locations (Jackson Elementary and Lugoff Elementary).  This gives us a total of six locations for meal preparation. We will utilize volunteers on our buses to deliver meals so that our food service employees can stay on site preparing meals and delivering at our curbside pickup locations.  On Thursday, we will hand out 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunches. This will cover us for Friday. Our buses and food service employees will not operate on Fridays.  We are expected to deliver meals over spring break.

    Tomorrow I will be sending out a video update. Our cabinet will begin holding our Monday morning meetings virtually through Adobe Connect.  If you have any “immediate” needs, let someone on our building or district level administrative team know.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 20, 2020

    Building Operations:  As a reminder, we will move to operating our facilities four days a week.  Let me clear up any confusion, our teachers will provide instruction Monday through Friday for our students with the exception of the “Waive” week.  During the waive week I do expect virtual office hours will be held for student questions and the opportunity for them to turn in work they didn’t complete the prior week.  Closing the buildings allows for a reduction in unnecessary operational expenses.

    Food Service:  Beginning Tuesday of next week our buses will depart out of two additional locations (Jackson Elementary and Lugoff Elementary).  This gives us a total of six locations for meal preparation. We will utilize volunteers on our buses to deliver meals so that our food service employees can stay on site preparing meals and delivering at our curbside pickup locations.  On Thursday, we will hand out 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunches. This will cover us for Friday. Our buses and food service employees will not operate on Fridays.  We are expected to deliver meals over spring break.

    School Nurses:  Our school nurses have been assisting the county with their helpline.  In the event community members have medical questions, they are available to assist.  This helps our already maximized medical community. If a parent needs to pick up their child’s medication from the health office, they simply need to provide some advanced notice.  We will coordinate with the nurse to get this accomplished.

    Teacher Resources:  We have several resources that are being offered.  They are coming from potential vendors, the state, etc.  I want to encourage the use of the resources we have been training with and preparing in our eLearning environment.  Feel free to use what you want to keep your lessons engaging, I just don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. Additionally, it helps our IT Department and helpline answer parent questions if they are familiar with the software.

    Advanced Placement (AP Exams): From College Board;  they plan to offer AP Exams virtually. This year’s AP Exams will not include questions from the final units of the course – units typically covered in March and April. In addition, the streamlined Exams will take no longer than an hour and will be doable on a mobile phone. By April 3, College Board will publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP Exam. Keep in mind, the exams will be “open book.” Students will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These online classes are not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction; we know many AP teachers now face circumstances that could make instruction impossible or improbable. The classes will be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time.

    Bus Wifi:  We will be enabling wifi on 10 more buses this Monday.  That will bring our total number of KCSD mobile wifi buses to 16. We also have 11 local groups/businesses that have partnered with us, raising our number of school-sponsored wifi locations to 27 throughout Kershaw County.

    We have had a number of employees step up to the plate.  Teachers, Nurses, Transportation, Food Service Employees, the list goes on and on.  We are in this together; “One Team, One Mission, One Goal.” My sincere thank you for putting the needs of our students and our community first.  Whether you’re a prayerful person or not, I am praying for health and safety for each of you while we do our best to serve. Get some rest this weekend, this is far from over.

    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 19, 2020

    We had a conference call with Superintendent Spearman today.  There are many variables and unknowns at this point. One thing is for certain we can guarantee that we are going to be out of school longer than anticipated.  The state is just not ready to release that information. They are going to take the weekend so we should know something soon.

    Grading/Homework/Instruction: 

    Also in our conference call with the State Superintendent, it was stated they are looking at alternatives to provide instruction, first priority will be seniors.  They will plan over the weekend. New instruction is not a priority at this point. Two points I would like to make, first, I think as a school district we have worked hard to prepare for times like these.  We are much further along in comparison to a majority of the districts in the state of South Carolina. Second, our eLearning concepts were never intended for such drastic situations and for this length of time.  It is challenging to say the least. Please keep this in mind, anything our students receive from their teachers is much better than the alternative, which is nothing. We need to have a mindset of minimizing the damage.

    Office Hours: 

    As it is consistently been put out for the need to minimize social interaction we have done our best as a school district to maintain our operations and support our community while meeting these mandates.  Tonight, I have made the decision to move to four day weeks. This is a similar concept that we utilize in the summer months. All KCSD offices will be closed on Fridays. With the medical information we are receiving I believe the three days out of the buildings completely will be good.  WE WILL continue to deliver food Monday thru Friday. We can reduce a day by delivering double meals on Thursday. Again, this has been approved by the state. We will also maintain our technology helpline support. 

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 18, 2020

    Food Service:  Today (March 18, 2020) we began delivering meals to students through our bus routes.  Because our time frames are a little more fluid than a normal bus route our bus drivers will honk their horns at ALL stops where students are not visible.  It was discussed with the state and they determined that it will be permissible for us to continue food service through spring break. We will be discussing this with our food service and transportation departments.  

    Federal and State Testing:  The SCDE has requested a waiver of all federal and state tests.  Superintendent Spearman stated the department has already canceled the order for the assessments.  The only outlier would be Advanced Placement (AP) tests that students must take to receive college credit for the course.  More information to follow.

    Technology:  We have 117 outstanding student needs.  Our technology staff is keeping a running log to ensure our students' are receiving the necessary support.  Today during my conference call with the state superintendent and superintendents across the state it was relayed that we will receive authorization to wifi enable 10 of our state-owned buses.  This will go along with our six activity buses giving us 16 mobile hotspots. We will place them across the county and update our wifi map. Reminder our technology hotline is available from 8 am to 8 pm.

    Grading/Homework:  In our phone call with Superintendent Spearman It was stressed that we should be relaxed in our homework expectations and remain cognizant of the stress being placed on working families.  As a reminder, students will be given assignments 16-20 March. 23-27 March we will have a “waive” week. This week is designed for teacher eLearning planning with no student work or student make-up work that was not turned in the previous week.  This will be followed up by a week of student work expectations (the week of 30 March). There is no one size fits all as much of this is dependent upon the age of the child and the level of content being delivered. It needs to be fun and creative.

    Office Hours:  Office hours will vary by location, but generally our offices will be operational for phone calls from 8 am to 4 pm,  Check with your child's building for specific times.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • March 17 School Board Meeting - Coronavirus Update

    During the KCSD School Board of Trustees' regularly-scheduled meeting, Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins gave an update on the district's response to the district's closure and current operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19.)

    (Please note that closed-captioning of this video will be available as soon as possible.)

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  • March 17, 2020

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families:

    We will hold our monthly board meeting tonight.  At tonight’s meeting, I will give the board an update on our current operational status and response to the COVID-19 virus.  If you go to the district’s website later this evening, you will be able to watch a video of the meeting.  This month we will eliminate all agenda items and focus on our COVID-19 response.  Additionally, on advice from the South Carolina School Boards Association, our public forum agenda item will be removed until we get through the current health crisis.

    We have been operating four sites (Bethune Elementary, North Central Middle, Camden High, and Blaney Elementary) for food service since Monday.  I am happy to report that starting Wednesday, the food service department will partner with the transportation department to begin delivering food along their current bus routes.  Buses will pick up meals from the four feeding sites by 9:30 AM and will begin their routes after loading. Lunch for the current day as well as breakfast for the next day will be delivered at one time. You do not need to sign up; we will provide the free food to any student at the bus stop. Thank you to all involved for establishing standard operating procedures to get this accomplished.  I am incredibly proud of both departments for maximizing resources to reach as many children as possible.

    Our IT Department has started a tracking list of students with breaks, lost chargers, etc.  Currently we have 115 students without devices or functioning devices. A majority of them were left at the school.  They have been recovered and are in the front offices ready for pick up tomorrow. All of our building and district-level IT employees are working both the help lines and conducting device repairs to ensure our students have the tools they need.  If there is a transportation issue for a parent to pick up a device, we will deliver them to the home. As a reminder, our tech hotline number is 803-425-8916. Lines are being staffed from 8 am to 8 pm Monday thru Friday.

    Late this afternoon I received a memo from the state superintendent stating that South Carolina intends to suspend all federally-required testing during spring 2020 and requests a waiver of those testing requirements, including ESSA's 95 percent assessment participation requirement.  Also, South Carolina intends to request a waiver to delay the identification of any school for comprehensive or targeted support and improvement based upon 2019-20 and will apply for a hold-harmless provision and keep ratings from the 2018-19 state report cards in place until the 2020-21 school year.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 16, 2020

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families:

    I will try to keep today’s update brief; however, as we navigate through this process with our schools being closed, I am certain more and more questions will arise.  I want to start with a quote that I feel is appropriate during this crazy time:

    The measure of wisdom,

    Is how calm you are,

    When facing any given situation!

    -Naval Ravikant

    Many of your questions can be answered if you go to our homepage at www.kcsdschools.net  There you will find a pop up with the latest information.  In the near future, we will share a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page with the community.  We currently are doing the same with our employees. This will allow us to be clear and consistent with our messaging.  At 3:00 p.m., I will participate in a press conference with Senator Sheheen and County Administrator Vic Carpenter. Our goal is to reassure the community that we are working as fast and efficiently (together) as we possibly can.

    Today we began serving breakfast at specified locations.  I have asked our food service director to put a plan together that would allow us to use our buses and bus routes to get meals to the students at their bus stops and/or homes.

    I know there are many questions and quite honestly many unknowns.  However, I want to assure you that we will get through this together.  

    As it stands today at 2:00 p.m., our schools are mandated to be closed until March 31st.  I suspect that date will change, but that is the date we are working on at this moment. Stay resilient, stay healthy, and stay calm.

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Shane Robbins

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  • Update for March 15, 2020

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families,

    Thank you for your cooperation as we transition into a time of eLearning for our students.  We know that this causes a disruption in schedules, but recognize the importance of changing our normal routines during this unprecedented time.  I apologize for this long message, but I want to make sure that you have complete information.

    We have learned today that we will be given flexibility with our schedule. We will have eLearning this week from March 16-20, but will have staff planning with no student instructional requirements for the next week (March 23-27). In addition, Gov. McMaster has extended our closure through the end of the month. As we move through this process, I know you will have additional questions about the schedules beyond March 27; there will be further updates with more information as we move forward. 

    For this week, teachers will provide students with information on their assignments and lessons via Google classrooms and be available to answer classwork questions via a variety of ways including Google chat, email, ClassDojo, or GoGuardian.

    Elementary and middle school teachers will have virtual office hours from 9 a.m. to noon.  High school teachers’ office hours for eLearning will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    If you have a technology-related issue, you can call (803) 425-8916 during regular school hours or email esupport@kcsdschools.net. We have more information about locations for public Wi-Fi and a map of where we will park buses that are equipped with WI-FI throughout the county at www.kcsdschools.net/wifi.

    Central Carolina’s Kershaw County Campus also will be closed to all classroom instruction during this time. Those students should check their CCTC email daily for information on completing their coursework.

    In addition, we will be serving free breakfast and lunch on weekdays starting tomorrow for those who are 18 years and younger at drive-through pick up locations at Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden High and North Central Middle. Free meals are available for all children regardless of their meal status during the school year. Pick up will be along the bus rider line at each school with breakfast available from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be present at the time of pick up. All food is “grab and go.” No food will be consumed onsite. As flexibility is given for state food service requirements, we will keep you updated on any changes in our plans. 

    You can find the latest information on all of our plans at www.kcsdschools.net/coronavirus

    Let me say in closing that we are a family, and we care very much about the health and well-being of our students and staff. If you have concerns or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrator or send me a message, and we’ll find an answer for you. Earlier this year we talked about our North Central High family as being #KnightStrong, but we know that we are #KCSDStrong. One team, one goal, one mission.

    Take care of yourself and your loved ones and let us know what we can do to help you.   

    Mary Anne Byrd, APR
    Community Relations Executive Director

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  • District Information for our ESOL Families

    Kershaw County School District loves all our families and we want to make sure we are communicating with everyone to the best of our ability. If you need our messages (calls, email, and texts), websites & social media in another language, please visit www.kcsdschools.net/languages for this information. Thank you!

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  • KCSD to offer free breakfasts, lunches at pick up locations starting Monday

    March 14, 2020

    KCSD Nutrition Services Logo The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will continue to feed students during the district’s two-week closure.  Breakfasts and lunches will be served on weekdays starting Monday at drive through pick up locations at Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden High and North Central Middle.

    “We don’t want the fact that our schools are closed to mean that our students lose access to their school breakfast and lunch meals,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins.  “Misha Lawyer and our food service department have worked quickly with the State Department of Education to set this up so there is no break in service for our students.”

    Robbins said that children age 18 and younger may receive a free meal regardless of their meal status during the school year. Pick up will be along the bus rider line at each school with breakfast available from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Students must be present at the time of pick up. All food is grab and go; nothing will be consumed on site. No one will be allowed in the school buildings.

    Robbins said that the district greatly appreciates the offers of volunteer help with this program but KCSD is working to avoid large group gatherings and assist with social distancing in this effort.  He said that the district has help covered with food service employees. 

    Breakfast items will vary and may include cereal with milk, fruit, Fruit Frudels, whole grain Pop Tarts, cereal bars, milk and juice. Lunches will be sandwiches, chips, fruit, fresh vegetables and milk.

    KCSD is looking at ways going forward that breakfast and lunch can be served at the same time while ensuring food safety.

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  • Governor closes Kershaw County School District for two weeks

    March 13, 2020

    Today SC Governor Henry McMaster closed all schools in the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) for two weeks. The closure also includes all school-related activities.

    KCSD officials said that students will participate in eLearning activities starting Monday. KCSD principals and teachers will be in touch with students to provide additional details on student lessons.

    The school district has 1:1 capability in grades K-12 and is a pilot district approved by the Education Oversight Committee to use eLearning for inclement weather days.

    "We will do everything to support both our staff and students during this unprecedented time,” said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. “I have great confidence in the resilience of our schools and community to persevere through this challenge. There will be more information to follow in the days ahead, and we will communicate with our community as quickly and efficiently as we can. I understand the challenge this creates for some families, and I appreciate their cooperation and patience as we work through this together."

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  • March 12th Update from Dr. Robbins

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families, 

    As of early this evening, Kershaw County’s total presumptive cases have increased by one to a total of eight with the state’s total reaching twelve. Today, SCDHEC released information that a Camden man is currently hospitalized and in isolation after testing presumptively positive. All of the Kershaw County presumptive positive cases are adults in Camden. I want you to understand that as a district, even though it appears that we are not in a state of panic, we are still working and planning with a sense of urgency.  We have developed three phases of response that will allow us to mitigate risk and be a part of the positive actions being asked of communities.

    Risk Mitigation:

    Phase I:

    • Increased handwashing, hygiene, and surface area disinfecting
    • Suspension of cafeteria self-service until further notice
    • All field trips in and out of state canceled until further notice 

    Phase II:

    • Students with immune-deficiency conditions provided alternative learning opportunities
    • Extra-curricular activities and public presentations/activities determined on a case-by-case basis

    Phase III: (not yet activated)

    • All extra-curricular activities canceled until further notice
    • With the approval of the SC Department of Education, eLearning initiated throughout the district

    Current Status:  As a district, we are moving from a Phase I to Phase II response.  Today we made the decision to postpone all of our field trips until further notice.  In addition, SC Special Olympics decided to cancel the Kershaw County Special Olympics Spring Games. I have a conference call scheduled for Monday morning with the Superintendents Association and the South Carolina High School League to determine the status of our spring sports schedules.  As of this release, there is no change in our sports schedules. 

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • March 10th Update from Dr. Robbins

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families,

    KCSD participated in a state emergency operations teleconference today. We then met with local leadership and the Executive Director and Medical Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Part of the discussion was CDC guidance. At this time, DHEC does not recommend closing schools or canceling public events.

    Please be assured:

    1. The school district is closely monitoring the situation and is making the necessary preparations in case COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including:

      • Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.

      • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.

      • As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

      • If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others.

    2. As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority. We will act out an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and well-being. We want to share with you a free website ( MUSC.CARE ) and encourage you to use this site if you believe you or anyone you know has an onset of symptoms. This “telehealth” website is managed by providers at MUSC and is free if you enter the promo code: COVID19.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for March 8, 2020

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families, 

    Update: In speaking with officials from KershawHealth, it was brought to our attention that two students, one from North Central High School and one from Camden High School, were interning in the Emergency Room when the patient with possible Coronavirus (COVID-19) was admitted.  The students did not have direct contact with the patient. We have also been advised that these students would not be able to transmit the disease for several days. Only close contact or touching surfaces that the patient may have touched would be significant; however, we have asked the families to self-isolate just as a precaution next week.  This is in line with KershawHealth’s standard operating procedures for their employees.

    KCSD Guidance/Response:  We completed a thorough cleaning with Lysol, Clorox, and alcohol mixtures in all of our facilities this past weekend. We will utilize a tiered response that includes social distancing and full disclosure.  The World Health Organization (WHO) does not recommend wearing masks; they state, “If you are not ill or looking after someone who is ill, then you are wasting a mask.”  If an individual is ill, then part of our tiered response is for that person to stay home until he/she is symptom-free.

    Prevention: Other steps South Carolinians can continue to take to help stay healthy include: 

    • Social distancing (limit handshaking)(New)
    • Washing your hands
    • Covering your cough
    • Staying home when you’re sick, and
    • Appropriately disposing of tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into 

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • March 7th Update from Dr. Robbins

    Dear Kershaw County School District Families, 

    Update: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced the investigation into two cases of possible cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on Friday.  Officials said one case is located in Kershaw County while the second is located in Charleston County. According to DHEC, the case in Kershaw County involves an adult female who has been hospitalized and is in isolation.  DHEC’s Dr. Linda Bell stated, “While the risk to the public remains low, there is no evidence of ongoing transmission in the community at this time and our primary goals remain prevention and control.” South Carolinians are still reminded to take steps to protect themselves against a more present threat — the flu.

    KCSD Guidance/Response:  Similar to how our district works during cold and flu season, we are ensuring our custodial staff is cleaning thoroughly.  We decided to bring in our custodial team this weekend to go through our buildings hitting door handles, desks, water fountains, bathrooms, etc. for good measure.  We will be using Lysol, Clorox, and other alcohol mixtures, all approved by the CDC as products that will kill COVID-19. If your child is ill, please keep him/her home. Likewise, we will be communicating the same to our employees. We know we have a hardworking and dedicated staff; however, now is not the time to “work through it,” as some would say.  

    Worst Case Scenario:  Because KCSD is one of South Carolina’s eLearning districts, we have the authority to enact eLearning if there were to be a significant community outbreak. The South Carolina Department of Education will expand the program for other districts in response to COVID-19. https://www.live5news.com/2020/03/05/sc-dept-education-considers-elearning-program-expansion-response-coronavirus

    Prevention: Other steps South Carolinians can continue to take to help stay healthy include: 

    •   washing your hands,
    •   covering your cough, 
    •   staying home when you’re sick, and 
    •   appropriately disposing of tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into. 

     

    Respectfully,

    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • February 29th Update from Dr. Robbins

    We have received guidance on the emerging outbreak of a new coronavirus. The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is reminding South Carolinians to take steps to protect themselves against a more present threat — the flu.

    What we know: COVID-19, the new coronavirus responsible for an outbreak that began in Wuhan, China, is a serious public health concern and DHEC is working with federal and state health partners in preparation to prevent its spread. DHEC’s message is that the immediate risk to the U.S. general public remains low at this time. Meanwhile, flu activity across the nation and South Carolina remains widespread. As of Feb. 12, there have been 1,931 hospitalizations and 68 flu-related deaths reported in South Carolina this flu season.

    Symptoms: “It’s important to remember that symptoms of COVID-19 are the same as the flu,” said Dr. Michael Kacka, DHEC Physician and Medical Consultant. “We are currently seeing widespread transmission of flu. The risk for exposure to the flu for the general population is high and the risk of complications and deaths from the flu are a far greater public health threat than COVID-19 in the U.S. at this time.” DHEC continues to encourage people who are unvaccinated to get the flu vaccine. This protects individuals and the public and reduces confusion of more common respiratory illnesses with possible COVID-19 illnesses.

    Prevention: Other steps South Carolinians can take to help stay healthy include:

    • washing your hands,
    • covering your cough,
    • staying home when you’re sick, and
    • appropriately disposing tissues and other items that you've sneezed or coughed into.

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC Superintendent

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