Update for May 15, 2020

Update for May 15, 2020

SCHOOL BUILDINGS TO REOPEN TO ESSENTIAL STAFF:  Beginning Monday, May 18th, we will start a phased re-opening of our school buildings.  Up to this point, only administration and contractors have been in the facilities.  On Monday, our teachers will return to work on closing out the 2019-20 academic year and preparing for the summer.  Each building principal has been tasked with putting together a schedule to keep the footprint to a minimum.  Additionally, the instructional staff in each facility should have received a standard operating procedure and guidelines for the return to the buildings. There will be a table set up at each location. The table will contain facemasks in the event the employee does not have one, hand sanitizing solution, a non-contact thermometer, and log book.  

END-OF-THE-YEAR ACTIVITIES:   To go along with our phased re-opening, each building principal has scheduled year-end activities.  These activities include parking lot faculty meetings, drive-thru celebrations, and important textbook/computer turn-in dates.  I encourage you to visit your child’s school website to see the comprehensive list. Additionally, principals have been sending out communication via email and phone calls through our Blackboard Connect system.  Please call or email with questions.

CURRENT DISCUSSION(S):  There continue to be many unknowns when it comes to the start of the 2020-21 school year in the fall. For the Kershaw County School District, we will not be holding our typical face-to-face summer camps.  As our phased re-opening continues, there remain many unknowns.  South Carolina has a task force “AccelerateED” that is meeting to discuss recommendations for school districts and communities.  The work of the task force can be found at the following URL: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/accelerateed-task-force/

I believe it is important for our community to understand that first, these will be recommendations and the local Board of School Trustees will be responsible for approving a school district's plans.  Secondly, this will not be a “one size fits all” approach.  KCSD operates 21 school locations.  The size ranges from 115 students to 1700 students.  When we consider social distancing, emergency drills, class changes, lunch, recess, etc., we will have to look at a wide range of constraints as we develop our protocols and a way ahead.  Safety will be our number one priority as these plans are established.  I am confident, and we want our parents to be confident, that the appropriate precautions have been considered when crafting our standard operating procedures and guidelines.

CONCLUDING THE 2019-20 ACADEMIC YEAR:

  • Instructional Week:  May 18-22
  • Waive Week: May 25-29
  • Report Cards:  May 29th (delivered via email and the PowerSchool Parent Portal)
  • Seniors
    • Final Assignments: May 15th
    • Grades Finalized in PowerSchool: May 19th
  • Grades K-11
    • Final Assignments: May 22nd
    • Grades Finalized in PowerSchool: May 27th

"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”  #myKCSD   #KCStrong

Respectfully,
Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC