Information, Updates and Resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
GOVERNOR ORDERS ALL SCHOOLS TO REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH APRIL 30;
RICHLAND ONE CONTINUING E-LEARNING, PROVIDING FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS
Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent Molly Spearman announced that all South Carolina schools will remain closed through April 30, 2020, due to ongoing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus throughout the state.
We understand that this global public health crisis brings with it a lot of unknowns and a high level of stress and anxiety for many, but we’re all in this together and we can get through this together. We want our schools to reopen as soon as possible, but the health and safety of our students, staff and community remain our top priorities.
eLearning will continue while schools are closed. To help provide students with Internet access, we are stationing WiFi-equipped buses at nine locations across the district (other sites may be added later). Students and parents can sit in their vehicles within 200-250 feet of the buses to access free WiFi from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. The buses will be parked in front of the buildings or in other prominent areas at the designated sites. Students and parents will not be able to board the buses.
The bus WiFi access sites are: Burnside, Burton-Pack, Gadsden, Sandel, Edward E. Taylor, Watkins-Nance and Webber elementary schools; Columbia High School; and Lewis Scott Court Apartments in Eastover.
Also, starting March 30, meals will be distributed on Mondays only and families will be able to pick up a week’s worth of meals for students. The pick-up sites and times are posted at richlandone.org. We also need parents to complete an online form to provide information to our Nutrition Services team:
(Meal distribution form in English)
(Meal distribution form in Spanish)
We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and willingness to make necessary adjustments during this time. Please remain calm and know that we are here for you.
Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.
eLearning Technical Support
The Information Technology (IT) Department will provide technical support to all Richland One staff, students and parents on eLearning Days. The IT Support Team can be reached by calling 803-231-7436. This number will be active Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COVID-19 Educational Materials and Resources
- Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You (pdf)
- COVID-19 Quick Facts (pdf)
- Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs (pdf)
RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
Resources for Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being
Simple Activities for Children and Adolescents
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Videos:
- What is Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Am I at risk for COVID-19 infection?
- Stop the Spread of Germs (COVID-19)
DHEC Care Line: 1-855-472-3432 (staffed 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays)
Meal Distribution Sites
In an effort to be more efficient and save time, starting Thursday, March 19 families will receive two meals (breakfast and lunch) at the same time.
Here’s how it will work:
March 19-27: School Meal Distribution Sites
· Breakfast and lunch pick-up from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the following sites: A.C. Flora High, Caughman Road Elementary, Rosewood Elementary, Forest Heights Elementary, Hyatt Park Elementary, Lower Richland High, Southeast Middle, Eau Claire High, John P. Thomas Elementary, Carver-Lyon Elementary and St. Andrews Middle schools.
Families will receive two meals – lunch, as well as breakfast for the following morning. There will no longer be two separate pick-up times at the distribution sites.
March 18-27: School Bus Meal Delivery Locations
Breakfast and lunch delivery: Starting at 11 a.m., district school buses will deliver two meals – lunch, as well as breakfast for the following morning – to 21 sites throughout the district. Refer to the chart for specific drop-off times and locations.
Richland One Aumenta el Número de Buses de Entrega de Comida y Más Sitios de Distribución de Comida para Estudiantes Afectados por el Cierre de la Escuela
En un esfuerzo por ser más eficientes y ahorrar tiempo, a partir del jueves 19 de marzo las familias recibirán dos comidas (desayuno y almuerzo) al mismo tiempo.
Así es como funcionará:
A partir del jueves 19 y 27 de marzo / Sitios de distribución de comidas escolares
• Recogida de desayuno y almuerzo: 11 a.m. a 1 p.m. Las familias recibirán dos comidas: almuerzo y el desayuno para la mañana siguiente. Ya no habrá dos tiempos de recolección separados en los sitios de distribución.
A partir del miércoles 18 y 27 de marzo / Lugares de entrega de comidas en el autobús escolar
Entrega de desayuno y almuerzo: a partir de las 11 a.m., los autobuses escolares del distrito entregarán dos comidas - almuerzo y el desayuno para la mañana siguiente - a 21 sitios en todo el distrito. Consulte el cuadro para conocer los horarios específicos de entrega y las direcciones de ubicación.