Frequently Asked Questions on Reopening for 2020-21

  • We are currently working on the details for reopening; we will continue to communicate those as plans are finalized. Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff is our highest priority as we work through this process. Thank you for your patience as we develop these plans.

    We will continue to update this FAQ as additional information become available.

Health & Safety

  • Will social distancing be used in the buildings?

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    Yes, persons will be separated by six feet. With some students choosing a virtual option, there will be less students to be served in traditional classrooms so class sizes will be smaller.  We will also may use common areas such as cafeterias as learning spaces if needed for spacing. 

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  • Will students and staff wear face masks?

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    Face masks will be required any time social distancing is not possible. Face masks will be required for all faculty, staff, and volunteers as well as anyone in KCSD facilities. Face masks use will be required for students in grades PK through 12th.  Face masks will be required on all KCSD school and activity buses.  For more information, see our Face Mask Policy.

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  • Are face shields allowed for students?

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    No, KCSD students will wear face masks, not face shields.  Certain special education students will be able to wear face shields for specific activities. 

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  • Are face shields allowed for teachers?

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    Teachers can wear face shields. KCSD will provide a face shield for every teacher.

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  • Will the buildings be thoroughly cleaned?

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    Yes, all classrooms, playgrounds, hallways, bathrooms and buses will be sanitized at least twice a day using ECOSAFE, a nontoxic, non-corrosive, biodegradable disinfectant. ECOSAFE is a powerful and environmentally-friendly infection and bacteria fighter that is sustainable and does not cause damage to any surfaces or electronic equipment.

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  • Will hand sanitizing stations be available? 

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    Yes, hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom, cafeteria and learning space. 

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  • Will students and staff have their temperatures taken? 

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    Yes, students will have their temperatures taken when loading the bus. Students and staff will be mass screened when they enter a building by a noncontact-based system that detects an elevated body temperature.

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  • What if a student has a fever? 

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    An isolation room (separate from the nurse's office) will be available in each building for symptomatic students to use while they wait to be picked up. If a student has a fever when loading a bus and the student's parent is not home, he/she will sit in isolation seats at the front of the bus and then go to the isolation room at school.  

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  • What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID 19?

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    We will follow CDC and SC DHEC guidelines for quarantining individuals who test positive as well as for those who may have come into contact with persons who test positive. 

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Curriculum & Instruction

  • How will the day be structured in the traditional setting? 

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    Elementary students will be grouped in a family classroom model where the students and teacher stay together all day.  Middle and high school students will have flexible bell schedules. 

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  • Will students be able to switch learning options or do they have to stay with the option all year?

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    Students will be allowed to change learning options every 4 1/2 weeks.

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  • Will Option 1 still have Late Start Wednesdays?  

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    Yes.

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  • What is the difference between eLearning and eCampus? 

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    eLearning is designed for short-term use so that instructional time is not lost with situations like inclement weather. eCampus is designed for long-term use. Students have more visual interaction with the teacher with the eCampus option (what is being offered in 2020-21) vs. eLearning (what was available for virtual learning when schools were closed suddenly in March 2020.) 

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  • What is the difference between Option 2 and Option 3?

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    While both options offer virtual learning, students in Option 2 will learn in "real time" (synchronous) while learning for students in Option 3 is self-paced (asynchronous). In Option 2, students will hear a lesson as it is being taught; in Option 3, students listen to a prerecorded lesson. Students in both options will be able to contact their teachers via Google chat.

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  • Can I take Woolard Technology Center classes virtually?

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    No. All of our courses at the Woolard Technology Center (WTC) are considered career and technical education programs. Because of the nature of our programs, all of our courses will be taught face-to-face on campus. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer our courses virtually.  Students will be allowed to take their home school courses virtually and still attend WTC face to face.  If you choose to attend WTC and take virtual classes at your home school, you must provide your own transportation to WTC.  We wanted to share this information with you as you prepare to register your child for the upcoming school year.  If you have, any questions please feel free to contact WTC at 803-425-8982.

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  • Can a student choose a virtual learning option and still take Woolard Technology Center classes?

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    Yes. Parents should select the virtual option on the registration link. The school will know that the Woolard Technology Center (WTC) classes will be face-to-face. Virtual learners will need to provide their own transportation to and from WTC.

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  • Can a student participate in a high school band and be a virtual learner?

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    High school students who are learning virtually through eCampus options can participate in the after school marching band but not in the band class during the school day. High school students who want to participate in band class during the day should select the face-to-face learning option.

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  • Can a student participate in some classes virtually & some face-to-face (weightlifting, art, etc.)?

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    High school students must select either the face-to-face learning option or the eCampus options for all their school-based classes.  eCampus students can participate in after school programs at the school, but cannot take classes face-to-face during the school day.

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  • Will students enrolled in dual enrollment classes at Central Carolina follow a different calendar?

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    Yes.  The Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) fall semester will begin Monday, August 24 in a virtual/online format. Classes will meet at their scheduled time via Zoom. CCTC will re-evaluate the COVID-19 conditions every three weeks.  So those high school students will follow a different calendar for those CCTC classes.

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  • Do HS students who are taking dual enrollment classes have to select a certain learning option?

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    No, you still have flexibility to choose any of the three learning options.  

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  • How will the Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) dual enrollment courses work?

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    Central Carolina Technical College (CCTC) classes will begin on August 24th.

    • Fall semester will begin Monday, August 24 in a virtual/online format. Face-to-face classes will meet at their scheduled time via Zoom. Zoom provides real-time classes that students attend from their own homes (or virtually anywhere). For students requiring it, the college will open designated computer labs on each campus with internet access for their Zoom classes. 

    • CCTC Campus labs will receive frequent cleaning including hand sanitizer, social distancing arrangements, and required facial coverings. The college library and services will reopen on August 24th, but will restrict the number of students who may enter.

    • Classes requiring hands-on/lab components will be coordinated through the instructor of the course.

    • For all students, the college strongly recommends obtaining a reliable laptop (or home computer) with a webcam to be used throughout their college career. All campuses provide free internet access for CCTC students. CCTC bookstore has new laptops with webcams available for purchase.

    • Every three weeks CCTC will re-evaluate the COVID-19 conditions.
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  • Can I take Adult Education classes virtually?

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    Kershaw County Adult Education will deliver classes through Face-to-Face Instruction.  We will also offer supportive distance learning whereby students are able to perform on-line targeted practice of skills aligned with GED, TABE, and WIN learning objectives.  Also note that GED, TABE, and WIN tests will be offered as Face to Face testing events only. 

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