Update for March 22, 2020

Update for March 22, 2020

Building Access:  Beginning Monday, 23 March, 2020 there will be no patron/visitor access to any building within the Kershaw County School District.  On our conference call with SCDHEC the main concern is to ensure we are maintaining “social distancing.” If we do not do this we are exposing ourselves to the possibility of overwhelming Kershaw Health and our health care providers.  With this in mind, our buildings will only be occupied by essential staff Monday thru Thursday. Additionally, from the district level down to the building level, we will use skeleton crews simply to ensure we maintain the continuity of service for our students and staff.

Teachers:  Just a couple of quick points; Try to utilize the resources our students can access through clever first to minimize confusion.  However, as you are well aware, there are a variety of resources at your fingertips if you feel they will help you keep your students engaged.  As this drags on, student participation will become more and more difficult. This was never designed to be a long-term solution. I have already observed teachers and administrators reading to their students through google hangouts and other platforms.  I know you miss your students and likewise many of them miss you. Seeing your face and hearing your voice will help keep them engaged. I hope you realize as difficult as this is for KCSD, some across our state and country are not nearly as prepared as you are.  I continue to be proud of all I am seeing and observing.

Food Service:  I want to re-emphasize that beginning Tuesday 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.

Tomorrow I will be sending out a video update. Our cabinet will begin holding our Monday morning meetings virtually through Adobe Connect.  If you have any “immediate” needs, let someone on our building or district level administrative team know.

Respectfully,

Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC