Update for March 20, 2020

Update for March 20, 2020

Building Operations:  As a reminder, we will move to operating our facilities four days a week.  Let me clear up any confusion, our teachers will provide instruction Monday through Friday for our students with the exception of the “Waive” week.  During the waive week I do expect virtual office hours will be held for student questions and the opportunity for them to turn in work they didn’t complete the prior week.  Closing the buildings allows for a reduction in unnecessary operational expenses.

Food Service:  Beginning Tuesday of next week our buses will depart out of two additional locations (Jackson Elementary and Lugoff Elementary).  This gives us a total of six locations for meal preparation. We will utilize volunteers on our buses to deliver meals so that our food service employees can stay on site preparing meals and delivering at our curbside pickup locations.  On Thursday, we will hand out 2 breakfast meals and 2 lunches. This will cover us for Friday. Our buses and food service employees will not operate on Fridays.  We are expected to deliver meals over spring break.

School Nurses:  Our school nurses have been assisting the county with their helpline.  In the event community members have medical questions, they are available to assist.  This helps our already maximized medical community. If a parent needs to pick up their child’s medication from the health office, they simply need to provide some advanced notice.  We will coordinate with the nurse to get this accomplished.

Teacher Resources:  We have several resources that are being offered.  They are coming from potential vendors, the state, etc.  I want to encourage the use of the resources we have been training with and preparing in our eLearning environment.  Feel free to use what you want to keep your lessons engaging, I just don’t want you to feel overwhelmed. Additionally, it helps our IT Department and helpline answer parent questions if they are familiar with the software.

Advanced Placement (AP Exams): From College Board;  they plan to offer AP Exams virtually. This year’s AP Exams will not include questions from the final units of the course – units typically covered in March and April. In addition, the streamlined Exams will take no longer than an hour and will be doable on a mobile phone. By April 3, College Board will publish the full exam schedule including the specific free-response question types that will comprise each AP Exam. Keep in mind, the exams will be “open book.” Students will have access to free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country. These online classes are not dependent on current AP teachers continuing instruction; we know many AP teachers now face circumstances that could make instruction impossible or improbable. The classes will be available on-demand, so teachers and students can access them at any time.

Bus Wifi:  We will be enabling wifi on 10 more buses this Monday.  That will bring our total number of KCSD mobile wifi buses to 16. We also have 11 local groups/businesses that have partnered with us, raising our number of school-sponsored wifi locations to 27 throughout Kershaw County.

We have had a number of employees step up to the plate.  Teachers, Nurses, Transportation, Food Service Employees, the list goes on and on.  We are in this together; “One Team, One Mission, One Goal.” My sincere thank you for putting the needs of our students and our community first.  Whether you’re a prayerful person or not, I am praying for health and safety for each of you while we do our best to serve. Get some rest this weekend, this is far from over.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”

Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC