KCSD Reopening Response Plan 2020-21


School Reopening Updates

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    Watch Supe Chat: PPE & Feevr System on YouTube

    Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins shares information about the district's PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and the Feevr system (https://feevr.tech) for the 2020-21 school year, with some help from from students, 4th grade teachers, and administrators from Wateree Elementary School. You can view the Positive Diagnosis Response Protocol at www.kcsdschools.net/covid and the Mask Policy at www.kcsdschools.net/masks. Questions? Feel free to email webmaster@kcsdschools.net.

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  • Watch Supe Chat: School Reopening & Masks on YouTube

    Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins shares information regarding the district's planning for the reopening of school for the 2020-21 school year and then we visit a 1st Grade classroom at Camden Elementary to see how mask usage will work in the classroom.  You can also view the Mask Policy at www.kcsdschools.net/masks. Questions? Feel free to email webmaster@kcsdschools.net.

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  • Watch Supe Chat on YouTube

    July 2020 - Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins shares information regarding the district's Reopening Response Plan for the 2020-21 school year. The district's full Reopening Response Plan is available on our website to download at www.kcsdschools.net/responseplan.

    For more information on the District, visit Kershaw County School District's website at www.kcsdschools.net. There is a tab on the website for the Reopening Task Force or go directly to www.kcsdschools.net/reopen.

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  • Update for July 9, 2020

    We are getting closer to our preliminary proposals for what the opening of the 2020-21 school year will look like in our community.  As I have previously shared, the ThoughtExchange survey we conducted revealed that our community wants a choice.  Therefore, we will be prepared to offer just that, a choice for our families.  We will be sending out a survey to our families to help refine our plans as we seek input on two key points: 1) Do you intend on taking advantage of our virtual learning “eCampus” option? and 2) Do you intend to utilize the school-provided transportation (school buses) if your child is returning for face-to-face instruction? We do want to be sure that our families understand that our approach to virtual learning, i.e. eCampus, will be considerably different than our eLearning initiative.  Next Wednesday, we will be sharing the next “Supe Chat” where we will provide more detail on the three options: 1) Face-to-Face in-person instruction, 2) Virtual Instruction “eCampus” in a live or synchronous environment, and 3) Virtual Instruction “eCampus” in a tape-delayed asynchronous environment.  Please visit the identified link to the reopening task force as a means to stay informed.  www.kcsdschools.net/reopen.

    KCSD Learning Options

    KCSD Learning Options:

    • Option 1 - Face to Face Instruction
      Class takes place at the students’ school. Instruction takes place in the child's school while following COVID-19 specific standard operating procedures. This option provides face to face learning opportunities with teachers and peers in the traditional classroom.

    • Option 2 - Virtual “eCampus” Live
      Class takes place virtually utilizing KCSD digital curriculum. The students’ class is provided through a livestream allowing for student participation using digitally protected KCSD technology tools. Group work and activities will be modified to meet the needs of students working virtually. This is a synchronous environment.

    • Option 3 - Virtual “eCampus” Self-Paced
      Class takes place virtually utilizing KCSD digital curriculum. Students’ can watch the days lessons at their own pace. This option provides for ultimate flexibility while still providing students with specific teacher support. This is an asynchronous environment.

    2020-2021 School Calendar: 

    The school board will be asked to approve a recommendation for a modified school calendar.  The driving force behind this recommendation is the time needed to be fully prepared for the return of our students either in our face-to-face or virtual environment.  We are in the process of securing the necessary PPE (face masks) as well as the sanitizing equipment to ensure we maintain a safe and healthy environment. There will be additional safety recommendations coming from our task force that will require a quick turnaround for the purchase of the necessary equipment to be prepared for our reopening.  This also allows us the additional time to modify bus routes and student schedules based on the information we receive from our surveys of parents. Currently, we are considering a post-Labor Day (September 8) start for students.

    CHOICE Survey:

    We need maximum participation from our families to ensure we are properly resourced and ready for the start of school.  Please be on the lookout for a survey that will be sent to you soon via our Blackboard messaging system. A survey will need to be completed for each child in the household. This will allow us a head start in preparing for the expected transportation needs and in organizing our teaching staff to best support students.  Thank you for your participation and support!

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    TOGETHER: we can make this work! #KCStrong #ElevateKCSD

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Update for June 26, 2020

    I know this is a very trying and confusing time for many.  For parents and staff of the Kershaw County School District, the obvious question concerns the plan for the 2020-21 school year. We have a task force of over 50 individuals working on subcommittees representing Curriculum, Technology, Related Arts, Extracurricular and Co-curricular Activities, Special Education, Health & Safety, Food Service, and Transportation; I am encouraged at the progress we are making.  For parents and staff who received an email about our Thoughtexchange (survey) and participated, we thank you.  To date, we have received well over 3000 responses.  This data is helping inform our decisions.  We also are faced with following the guidelines from the state AccelerateEd task force.  Quite honestly, these are more like directives than guidelines.  We hope our identified link to the reopening task force will assist in keeping you informed.  www.kcsdschools.net/reopen

     

    2020-2021 School Calendar:  One of the recommendations to the School Board will be to modify our school calendar.  The driving force behind this recommendation is the “time” needed to be fully prepared for what a student return to campus in any shape or form may look like.  We are working hard on our transportation routes, the establishment of isolation rooms, advanced safety protocols, and our own virtual school or eCampus which would replace eLearning.  Currently, we are considering a post-Labor Day (September 8) start for students.

     

    CHOICE: eLearning vs eCampus:  From the current data from our Thoughtexchange, as well as conversations with our community, we know that “choice” is important to our families.  We understand there are more questions than answers when it comes to how this pandemic affects the wide variety of families who comprise our community.  To be clear, our virtual learning option “eLearning” was never intended to be utilized for such a long duration.  However, it was the best option we had on such short notice.  We are currently working on our own eCampus which would be a true virtual learning environment.  This could be both synchronous and asynchronous for our students and would put the teacher back in front of the student. The only difference is that it would be done virtually. This allows us to provide the parents in Kershaw County a choice on what best meets their needs.  The advantage of using our eCampus versus homeschooling or VirtualSC is that it makes the transition back to our brick and mortar buildings (face-to-face instruction) smoother.

     

    AccelerateED Task Force:  If you have an interest, we have the AccelerateED Task Force 200+ page guidelines on our website or you can go to the South Carolina Department of Education where this report is located by clicking on the following link: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/accelerateed-task-force.

     

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    TOGETHER: we can make this work! #KCStrong #ElevateKCSD

    Respectfully,
    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

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  • Supe Chat - Reopening Update

    June 2020 - Superintendent Dr. Shane Robbins shares information regarding the district's planning for the reopening of school for the 2020-21 school year. For more information on the District, visit Kershaw County School District's website at www.kcsdschools.net. There is a tab on the website for the Reopening Task Force or go directly to www.kcsdschools.net/reopen.

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