Reopening Task Force Updates
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. The parent has the option to return at any time if and when they feel it is appropriate for their child.
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.
TOGETHER: we can make this work! #KCStrong #ElevateKCSD
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC
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.