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KCSD registration to open July 29; families encouraged to complete process online

July 23, 2020

Online Registration Registration for Kershaw County School District (KCSD) students for the 2020-21 school year can be completed online without having to come to school unless families need internet access, help with the form or have to pay fees. 

"We're pleased to be able to allow our families the option of completing the registration process online without necessarily having to come to campus," said KCSD Superintendent Shane Robbins. "In the past, families had to come to school to verify their residency. This year, families of returning KCSD students can just upload a current utility bill to meet that requirement." 

Families of returning KCSD students—including families who completed their kindergarten students’ initial enrollment this spring—will receive “Snapcodes” and instructions via email by July 29 to complete the online registration process. Families of returning students who do not receive student Snapcodes by July 29 should contact their students' schools for assistance.

Families of students who are new to KCSD and who have not already made contact with their students' schools should do so as soon as possible but should note that schools are currently closed on Fridays. More information for new students is available at www.kcsdschools.net/new.

Robbins said that schools will be open for three days—July 29, July 30 and Aug. 3—from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. for families who need assistance.

"We are glad to help our families who do not have internet access, need help completing the form or need to pay fees, but kindly ask them to limit the number in their party to two persons to assist with social distancing guidelines that will be in place. In addition, persons will be asked to wear face masks while in our buildings during these days."  

The superintendent also said that each school will have a designated location to provide assistance and receive money, but that persons may be asked to wait in their cars to help with social distancing guidelines. 

Another new aspect of this year's registration is that families will be asked to make their final selection for their children's learning options.  KCSD is offering students three different options:

  • Option 1 – Face-to-Face Instruction
    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
    The student’s 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 (“real-time”) environment.

  • Option 3 - Virtual eCampus Self-Paced
    Students can watch the day’s lessons at their own pace. This option provides flexibility while providing students with specific teacher support. This is an asynchronous (“self-paced”) environment.

KCSD will use the information provided for the learning options to develop student schedules and determine teacher assignments that will be sent to families electronically in late August. 

Robbins also said that the 2020-21 school calendar has been modified by the school board so that students' first day of school will now be Tuesday, Sept. 8 for all three learning options.  "The change in the start date allows us more time to plan and to implement improvements needed for health and safety measures," he said. 

Schools will have hand sanitizing stations, and buildings and buses will be thoroughly cleaned on a regular basis.

The superintendent said that 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 will be required for students in grades 3rd through 12th.  Face masks for students in grades PK-2nd will be at the discretion of the parents.  Face masks will be required on all KCSD school and activity buses.  For more information, see our Face Mask Policy.

All students will have their temperatures taken when loading a bus, and all persons will have their temperatures taken when entering the buildings. 

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.  

Robbins said that KCSD has been pleased to provide meals to all persons age 18 or younger for free since schools closed in mid-March, but that the federal guidelines for qualifying for free or reduced meals will go back into effect Sept. 1.

"We are hopeful that the current waiver allowing us to serve all of our young people without charging will be extended, but unless something changes, we will have to start charging students unless they have qualified for those meals this year,” he noted. “This application process must be completed every year, and we encourage all families—especially those whose financial or household situations may have changed—to do so to see if they qualify." 

Families can complete applications for free and reduced-price meals and check their status at www.kcsdschools.net/meals.   KCSD officials say that doing the paperwork now helps speed up the notification process. Families who need internet access or help with the meal application form can come to the KCSD school district office at 2029 W. DeKalb Street in Camden during regular office hours for assistance.

Families of KCSD students no longer have to pay matriculation (also called incidental) student fees but still pay school-level, athletic and parking fees and are responsible for any outstanding debt still owed including negative cafeteria balances. The yearly parking fee is $60, which will be pro-rated on a quarterly basis.  Middle school students pay $25 per sport for middle school sports.  Middle and high school students playing high school sports pay $50 per sport. No student will pay for more than two sports in a single school year.

Mary Anne Byrd
maryanne.byrd@kcsdschools.net
803-432-8416