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Robbins featured on national roundtable about reopening school

September 24, 2020

Dr. Shane Robbins, Superintendent Kershaw County School District (KCSD) Superintendent Shane Robbins was one of five educators featured on a national roundtable about best practices for the reopening of school during the pandemic.

With over 6,000 virtual attendees, Robbins shared KCSD's Reopening Response Plan as part of the US Department of Education's Successful Strategies for School Webinar Sept. 23.

The KCSD superintendent shared the efforts of a 50-member task force to develop recommendations centered around health and safety, curriculum, related arts, food service, special education, transportation and extracurricular activities. He stressed the importance of receiving input from key stakeholders and bulding relationships throughout the process.

Robbins noted that since KCSD was one of the originial eLearning districts in SC, all K-12 students already had their own computing devices before the pandemic hit. KCSD has partnered with local businesses and churches to provide internet access to students and has created a COVID-19 dashboard that updates the number of cases in schools daily.

He said that KCSD has established a strong working partnership with the national public safety company that makes Feevr, the body temperature scanning equipment being used at all KCSD facilities. x.Labs donated PreCheck kits worth nearly $120,000 to all KCSD teachers to help with temperature checks and testing.

KCSD is home to nearly 10,800 students, roughly half of whom are attending school face-to-face five days a week while the other have chosen to learn virtually.

Mary Anne Byrd