Model For Reopening
The top priority in all decisions made by Richland One has always been and continues to be the health, safety and well-being of our students, employees and school communities. With this priority in mind, students will participate in one of two models: (1) a phase-in model or (2) a virtual school program model.
MODEL 1: Phase-In Model
The Phase-in Model includes eLearning, hybrid and traditional approaches and is consistent with recommenda- tions of the South Carolina Department of Education’s AccelerateED Task Force, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) assessment of disease levels and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as most recent scientific information. Although this model includes three different approaches, parents can rest assured that students will not be required to participate in face-to-face in- struction until it is deemed safe based on Richland County’s risk ratings (DHEC).
Key Features of the Phase-in Model
• The risk rating of Richland County will be used to determine the phase in which the schools will operate at the beginning of and throughout the school year. As the risk ratings change, a change in phase will follow.
• Teachers in this model are based at the school site, meaning the child will be assigned a teacher who will progress with him/her throughout various phases. (There may be exceptions to this at the middle or high school level where there is low enrollment for a particular course and where the course is offered at another site. In such instances, students will take the course remotely, as has been the case in the past when satellite offerings or dual credit courses that have been offered virtually.)
• Teachers in this model report to their school principal and are considered part of a school-based team.
* There may be exceptions to this at the middle or high school level where there is low enrollment for a particular course and where the course is offered at another site. In such instances, students will take the course remotely, as has been the case in the past when satellite offerings or dual-credit courses that have been offered virtually. However, the student will still take the majority of his/her courses with school-based teachers.