KCSD Reopening Response Plan 2020-21


School Reopening Updates

  • Updated January 19, 2021

    1. When a KCSD employee or student receives notification of a positive diagnosis of COVID19, he/she should report the symptoms, the date symptoms started and the date/place of the test to his/her principal or supervisor. (For district office staff, the information should be given to the Human Resources Department.) If there were no symptoms, the reason for taking the test should also be reported.

    2. The person with a positive diagnosis should also provide the following information about persons who may be possible close contacts: name, school name, DOB, phone number, address and parent name (for students). Close contacts are individuals who would have been within 6 feet of persons with a positive COVID19 diagnosis for a combined total of 15 minutes in a day. This time is cumulative over the course of a day, and it does not matter if the persons were wearing masks or not.

    3. Any person (co-worker, student, parent, etc.) can be a close contact. Other information such as charts showing where students sit in classrooms, the cafeteria and buses as well as information about after school activities will be used in the close contact investigation of a student. For staff, all sites including where an employee may work for supplemental time will be included in the investigation.

    4. For employees who test positive but have no symptoms, school district officials will begin the contact tracing 48 hours prior to the date of the test. For staff who have symptoms first and then test, the contact tracing will begin 48 hours from the day the symptoms started.

    5. For the district’s dashboard reporting, DO staff are listed separately. Bus drivers and bus assistants are included with DO staff. Teachers, school administrators, cafeteria workers, and other staff are reported by their home school or work location.

    6. ISOLATION: Isolation is recommended for those who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 and have tested positive or are waiting on the results of a test. As with quarantine, they must remain at home or the place they were told to isolate and avoid contact with other people until their isolation period is over. This includes avoiding contact with those in their household as much as possible.

      Generally, the isolation period for COVID-19 continues until each of these conditions is met

           a. Your symptoms are better – AND –
           b. At least 10 days have passed since your illness onset – AND –
           c. You have had no fever for at least 24 hours and have not used fever-reducing medication during that time.
           d. If you had no symptoms but tested positive by a swab test, you must isolate until 10 days have passed since the swab was done.
           e. Essential workers may report to work but must monitor for the appearance of symptoms for 14 days, wear masks and maintain 6 ft. of social distancing at all times while working. Essential workers should quarantine for 14 days when they are not working. If an essential worker develops symptoms, he/she must immediately isolate.


    7. QUARANTINE: The CDC recommends the following alternative options to a 14-day quarantine:

        a. Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if no symptoms were reported during daily symptom monitoring.

        b. Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a viral test is negative AND if no symptoms were reported during daily symptom monitoring.

            i.  The viral test must be collected no sooner than Day 5 to be used to shorten quarantine, but quarantine cannot be discontinued earlier than completion of Day 7.

            ii. Viral tests include those collected by a swab of the nose or throat (PCR or antigen tests). Blood tests for antibodies may not be used to shorten quarantine.

      These conditions must also be met to end quarantine early:

          c. No symptoms of COVID-19 occurred during quarantine – AND –

          d. Continue to monitor for symptoms until Day 14 after last time coming into contact with the COVID-19 case; – AND –

          e. Continue to closely follow all recommendations to prevent spread of the virus (correct and regular use of face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, etc.) through quarantine Day 14. Anyone who develops symptoms must immediately separate themselves from others, call their medical provider, and get tested for COVID-19.

    8. DHEC recommends waiting seven days to be tested if a person is identified as a close contact. Persons should test immediately if symptoms develop. A negative test will not get a person out of quarantine.

    9. If a person who has tested positive in the last three months is identified as a close contact, he/she can be exempt from quarantine if proof of the positive test is provided.
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  • Assessing KCSD schools during COVID-19

    Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive educational experience possible for our students, while understanding we are operating in a global pandemic.  The safety of our students will also take precedence in our response to any given situation.  When making decisions using our tiered approach to mitigating risk, we will assess spread in activities at each of our buildings, spread in buildings individually, and finally the school district as a whole.  You are encouraged to visit our website to view up-to-date COVID-19 dashboard numbers on our dashboard at www.kcsdschools.net/covid19.

     

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  • Contact Tracing Protocol

    Updated December 14, 2020

    1. When a KCSD employee or student receives notification of a positive diagnosis of COVID19, he/she should report the symptoms, the date symptoms started and the date/place of the test to his/her principal or supervisor. (For district office staff, the information should be given to the Human Resources Department.) If there were no symptoms, the reason for taking the test should also be reported.

    2. The person with a positive diagnosis should also provide the following information about persons who may be possible close contacts: name, school name, DOB, phone number, address and parent name (for students). Close contacts are individuals who would have been within 6 feet of persons with a positive COVID19 diagnosis for a combined total of 15 minutes in a day. This time is cumulative over the course of a day, and it does not matter if the persons were wearing masks or not.

    3. Any person (co-worker, student, parent, etc.) can be a close contact. Other information such as charts showing where students sit in classrooms, the cafeteria and buses as well as information about after school activities will be used in the close contact investigation of a student. For staff, all sites including where an employee may work for supplemental time will be included in the investigation.

    4. For employees who test positive but have no symptoms, school district officials will begin the contact tracing 48 hours prior to date of test. For staff who have symptoms first and then test, the contact tracing will begin 48 hours from the day the symptoms started.

    5. For the district’s dashboard reporting, DO staff are listed separately. Bus drivers and bus assistants are included with DO staff. Teachers, school administrators, cafeteria workers, and other staff are reported by their home school or work location.

    6. Persons who test positive must isolate for 10 days from the onset of their symptoms. Persons who are identified as close contacts must quarantine for 14 days from the date of last contact with the person who tested positive unless they are classified as essential workers. Essential workers may report to work but must monitor for the appearance of symptoms for 14 days, wear masks and maintain 6 ft. of social distancing at all times while working. Essential workers should quarantine for 14 days when they are not working. If an essential worker develops symptoms, he/she must immediately isolate. Household contacts must quarantine for 14 days after the person in the home has completed his/her isolation period unless that person will have no further contact with the individual.

    7. DHEC recommends waiting seven days to be tested if a person is identified as a close contact. Persons should test immediately if symptoms develop. A negative test will not get a person out of quarantine.

    8. If a person who has tested positive in the last three months is identified as a close contact, he/she can be exempt from quarantine if proof of the positive test is provided.

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  • After School Activities 

    Updated November 9, 2020

    We continue to adjust our protocols while navigating through the challenges of providing a comprehensive K-12 education program to our students in the midst of a pandemic. At this time, DHEC does not recommend closing large community events in our state. However, we will use the following as our guide when considering after school activities:

    1. We will follow all of our normal safety protocols for after school activities.

    2. If we have a local school outbreak or significant spread, events may still need to be modified, canceled, or postponed.

    3. We will only accept up to 50% of the listed occupant capacity for the scheduled event or activity.

    4. We recommend that participants minimize close contact where possible (e.g., recommending no hand shaking or hugging.)

    5. We will provide COVID-19 prevention supplies, i.e. face masks and hand sanitizer, to the extent supplies are available.


    It is imperative that if you feel sick that you do not attend any after school function or event. We will continue to sanitize all of our buildings in the evening prior to the next school day to ensure the maximize level of safety for our students and staff.

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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!

    Robbins Graphic

    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.

     

    Robbins Graphic

    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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