• Grading Practices for High Schools Due to COVID-19 School Closures (memo on April 24, 2020 from Richland School District One)

    The statewide closure of schools due to COVID-19 has led to unprecedented challenges for students, parents, and educators. Our goal as a district has been to support continued learning of our students while taking into consideration the added stress and anxiety that learning and working at home have presented for our students, families, teachers, and staff.

    We fully recognize the value of direct, face-to-face interaction between teachers and students; without it, many students will struggle to master skills and concepts. We also understand that students have varying levels of support at home. In some instances, parents are working remotely themselves while they are trying to support learning of multiple children at various grade levels at home. In other instances, parents may be on the front lines as health care providers or staff in essential businesses, without the benefit of their regular childcare support. Even in the most perfect situations where parents have flexibility and students have access to support, the current situation has understandably added stress.

    Our “ask” has been and continues to be that parents do their best to ensure students complete assignments, but we understand that not all work may be completed perfectly by the due date. Our teachers will provide feedback to students and may ask them to redo work to support their learning. Rest assured that as long as students are attempting to complete assignments, credit will be given for participation.

    In consideration of the many stresses upon students, families, and teachers, the following grading practices will be followed for Quarters 3 and 4 during the 2019-2020 school year:


    Grades 6-12

    • Based on direction provided by State Department of Education (SCDE), students in grades 6-12 will not receive a standalone grade for the 4th quarter; instead, students will receive a second semester grade only.
    • The Semester 2 grade will be based on grades earned for work assigned for completion or completed during 3rd quarter when students had access to face-to-face instruction, as well as a minimum of one participation grade for 4th Participation will be determined by: completion of work (packets or digital), phone calls, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, etc. Participation grades will correspond to a numeric grade based on the following four categories: Meets Expectations (100), Approaches Expectations (85), Does Not Meet Expectations (70), and Not Submitted (50).
    • No final exams will be administered in any class.
    • Important Note: Seniors must submit all assignments no later than May 15.


    AP, IB, Dual Credit and Quarter Classes

    • Students who are taking AP, IB, and Dual Credit courses will be graded using traditional grading methods since these courses carry potential college credit. Students should talk with their teacher regarding specifics around grading and expectations for these classes during the closure. 
    • Teachers will work with students to make accommodations for individuals that might need additional support due to limited access. 
  • eLearning Has Begun

    Are you working on your assignments?  Be sure to visit Dreher's eLearning page.

    The District's approved eLearning Plan is that students will be graded based on teachers' existing practices.  Should this change, you will be notified.



    Limited or No Access to WiFi?


    For locations of the District's WiFi buses, click here. and for information about free internet service by providers, click here.


    For families with limited access to high-speed internet or broadband services, Richland Library's WiFi will remain on and does extend to areas outside of 12 of the 13 library locations with the exception of Richland Library Sandhills.


    If you need assistance with accessing the internet please contact Rachel Arroyo, our Social Worker.  She has a  list of resources if needed. She can be reached via email (rachel.arroyo@richlandone.org)or by District Cell Phone (803-608-2947).


    Completing Your Assignments "Virtually" 

    Students, your teachers have been reminded not to assign zeros or absences for missing assignments. Currently, your grade will remain blank or be marked as missing. Policy for handling missing work is being formed at the District level and will be communicated to you once it is finalized.  




    Courses with the SC Virtual School 

    There will be no final exam in courses taken through the SC Virtual School: https://virtualsc.org/virtualsc-final-exam-update/



    Cabin Fever?

    If you have finished your assignments and are looking for something else to do, consider reading a good book.  

    See our webpage, "Reading Our Way Through This Difficult Time."



    Upcoming SAT and ACT

    The College Board has cancelled the May SAT (https://pages.collegeboard.org/natural-disasters).


    The ACT scheduled for April 4 has been postponed until June 13.  Students who registered will receive an email from ACT with options.  There will be three free, online sessions conducted by Kaplan to prepare you for the ACT: http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid19.html



    Upcoming AP Exams

    The College Board has announced a new schedule for online AP Exams:  AP Exam Schedule


    Be sure to read Mr. Kirkley's summary of important information as you get ready for your AP exams:  https://www.richlandone.org/cms/lib/SC02209149/Centricity/Domain/47/AP%20Exam%20Updates%20April%206.pdf


    On March 25 the College Board will provide free, online reviews for upcoming AP exams: Free, Online AP Reviews.



    The ACCUPLACER Assessment for Midlands Tech


    Midlands Tech will be offering a virtual ACCUPLACER.  Click here for the enrollment process.




    District Update on Graduation Exercises for the Class of 2020:


    Our high school graduation ceremonies were scheduled for June 1, 2 and 3. Richland One and other school districts that hold their graduations at the Colonial Life Arena were notified today (April 9) that no events will be held at that venue until August 1.


    While we know now that we will have to have our graduation ceremonies at another location, it is still uncertain when restrictions on large gatherings will be lifted, so our graduation dates may change as well. 


    We know our high school seniors are looking forward to their graduation ceremonies and this unexpected situation, understandably, may cause some anxiety for them. As we consider options and make decisions about graduations, we promise to keep our seniors and their families informed.