Statement from Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have us all in uncharted territory. Throughout this summer we have been evaluating many sources of information, including survey data, to make the best decision possible with regards to the 2020-2021 school year. We must be mindful of the safety and well-being of our students, teachers and staff. Our ReStart Strong planning continues.
Today (July 15, 2020), Governor McMaster announced new recommendations for the state as districts make their plans for the new school year. The recommendations include offering a face-to-face instruction option five days a week and a virtual option, with parents being able to choose the learning model they prefer for their children. The governor also recommended delaying the start of the school year until September 8. August 19 is the scheduled start date on our 2020-2021 academic calendar.
Our teams will be evaluating the information from Governor McMaster; however, the safety and well-being of our students, teachers and staff will be front of mind given the many action steps that have to occur between now and the start of school. We recognize that today’s announcement may present new questions from our teachers, staff and parents. I want you to know that we have an excellent team working through this as we move forward. Early next week, we will be updating our Board of School Commissioners and our school community regarding our progress.
I thank each and every one of you for your patience and understanding as we strive to make the best decisions possible.
Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.
Richland County School District One
If you have completed an application to have your student/child enrolled in the virtual school program option for 2020-2021 and now want to cancel your request, answer the questions below. All requests to withdraw must be completed by Friday, August 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM. ONE WITHDRAWAL REQUEST MUST BE DONE FOR EACH CHILD YOU REGISTERED. Contact Dr. Erica Fields (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Audrey Harris (email@example.com) if you have any questions or concerns.
Richland One is expanding its Virtual School Program to include elementary and middle school students in the 2020-2021 school year.