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New board policy opens KCSD elementary playgrounds and walking areas to the community

Thursday, August 18, 2022

Open UsageCAMDEN, SC — Building on its culture of encouraging healthy lifestyles and its commitment to the community, Kershaw County School District (KCSD) will begin opening some of its outdoor school recreational areas for community use after school hours, on holidays, and on weekends when the facilities are not in use with school-related activities.

The school board passed the Open Community Use of School Recreational Areas policy on August 16. The board defines open recreational areas as “the playgrounds at our elementary schools and parking lots for walking.”

KCSD will post signage at the open community use sites that will include district rules and safety regulations for usage of the recreational areas. Children under the age of fourteen must be accompanied by an adult while at the recreational sites. 

Many community partners support open community use including LiveWell Kershaw, KC Trails, Kershaw County Wholespire and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

“This is a win for schools, children and the community. It provides access for children and community members to play and be active,” stated Kershaw County School District Superintendent Harrison Goodwin. “We know healthy children are better learners. This is a great example of partners working together for a healthier community.”

Julie Putnam