Update for March 18, 2020

Update for March 18, 2020

Food Service:  Today (March 18, 2020) we began delivering meals to students through our bus routes.  Because our time frames are a little more fluid than a normal bus route our bus drivers will honk their horns at ALL stops where students are not visible.  It was discussed with the state and they determined that it will be permissible for us to continue food service through spring break. We will be discussing this with our food service and transportation departments.  

Federal and State Testing:  The SCDE has requested a waiver of all federal and state tests.  Superintendent Spearman stated the department has already canceled the order for the assessments.  The only outlier would be Advanced Placement (AP) tests that students must take to receive college credit for the course.  More information to follow.

Technology:  We have 117 outstanding student needs.  Our technology staff is keeping a running log to ensure our students' are receiving the necessary support.  Today during my conference call with the state superintendent and superintendents across the state it was relayed that we will receive authorization to wifi enable 10 of our state-owned buses.  This will go along with our six activity buses giving us 16 mobile hotspots. We will place them across the county and update our wifi map. Reminder our technology hotline is available from 8 am to 8 pm.

Grading/Homework:  In our phone call with Superintendent Spearman It was stressed that we should be relaxed in our homework expectations and remain cognizant of the stress being placed on working families.  As a reminder, students will be given assignments 16-20 March. 23-27 March we will have a “waive” week. This week is designed for teacher eLearning planning with no student work or student make-up work that was not turned in the previous week.  This will be followed up by a week of student work expectations (the week of 30 March). There is no one size fits all as much of this is dependent upon the age of the child and the level of content being delivered. It needs to be fun and creative.

Office Hours:  Office hours will vary by location, but generally our offices will be operational for phone calls from 8 am to 4 pm,  Check with your child's building for specific times.

Respectfully,
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC