School Closure announcement 3/15/2020
Announcement from Mary Anne Byrd on 3/15/2020
Dear Kershaw County School District Families,
Thank you for your cooperation as we transition into a time of eLearning for our students. We know that this causes a disruption in schedules, but recognize the importance of changing our normal routines during this unprecedented time. I apologize for this long message, but I want to make sure that you have complete information.
We have learned today that we will be given flexibility with our schedule. We will have eLearning this week from March 16-20, but will have staff planning with no student instructional requirements for the next week (March 23-27). In addition, Gov. McMaster has extended our closure through the end of the month. As we move through this process, I know you will have additional questions about the schedules beyond March 27; there will be further updates with more information as we move forward.
For this week, teachers will provide students with information on their assignments and lessons via Google classrooms and be available to answer classwork questions via a variety of ways including Google chat, email, ClassDojo, or GoGuardian.
Elementary and middle school teachers will have virtual office hours from 9 a.m. to noon. High school teachers’ office hours for eLearning will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have a technology-related issue, you can call (803) 425-8916 during regular school hours or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We have more information about locations for public Wi-Fi and a map of where we will park buses that are equipped with WI-FI throughout the county at www.kcsdschools.net/wifi.
Central Carolina’s Kershaw County Campus also will be closed to all classroom instruction during this time. Those students should check their CCTC email daily for information on completing their coursework.
In addition, we will be serving free breakfast and lunch on weekdays starting tomorrow for those who are 18 years and younger at drive-through pick up locations at Bethune Elementary, Blaney Elementary, Camden High and North Central Middle. Free meals are available for all children regardless of their meal status during the school year. Pick up will be along the bus rider line at each school with breakfast available from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students must be present at the time of pick up. All food is “grab and go.” No food will be consumed onsite. As flexibility is given for state food service requirements, we will keep you updated on any changes in our plans.
You can find the latest information on all of our plans at https://www.kcsdschools.net/
Let me say in closing that we are a family, and we care very much about the health and well-being of our students and staff. If you have concerns or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school administrator or send me a message, and we’ll find an answer for you. Earlier this year we talked about our North Central High family as being #KnightStrong, but we know that we are #KCSDStrong. One team, one goal, one mission.
Take care of yourself and your loved ones and let us know what we can do to help you.