Information, Updates and Resources on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
SCHOOLS TO STAY CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
RICHLAND ONE CONTINUING E-LEARNING, PROVIDING FREE MEALS FOR STUDENTS
Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman have announced that schools statewide will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
“We agree that not reopening schools at this time is the most prudent decision in protecting the health and safety of students and staff,” said Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon. “Our teachers and staff are able to continue to offer instruction and other supports as we take this time to prepare for the new normal of social distancing and other measures that may need to be implemented. Schools are, by nature, close-knit environments. Having time to assess conditions is crucial.”
Richland One students will continue e-Learning activities for the remainder of the year. The district’s IT Support Team will continue to provide e-Learning technical assistance to students, parents and staff, and buses will continue to serve as Wi-Fi hotspots at designated sites. Weekly meal pick-ups and deliveries for students also will continue on Mondays.
The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the district’s website (www.richlandone.org) will be updated with information on fourth quarter grading and other matters regarding the end of the school year. District administrators are considering various options for high school graduation ceremonies.
The bus WiFi access sites are: Burnside, Burton-Pack, Forest Heights, Gadsden, Sandel, Edward E. Taylor, Watkins-Nance and Webber elementary schools; Columbia High School; Colony Apartments; Latimer Manor Apartments; and Lewis Scott Court Apartments in Eastover. 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 cannot board the buses.
Meals for students are distributed on Mondays only and families can pick up a week’s worth of meals. 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:
- English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1Meals
- Spanish: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/R1MealsSPANISH
- Arabic: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1MealsArabic
- Simplified Chinese: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1MealsCHINESE
- Swahili: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/R1MealsSwahili
We appreciate your continued patience, understanding and willingness to make necessary adjustments during this time. Please remain calm, stay safe 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)
What resources are available to families to support literacy at home?
Students can access their school's virtual library to read from a selection of eBooks, audiobooks and periodicals at www.gofollett.com. Students can log in using their student ID number and birthday.
SC Discus, South Carolina’s Virtual Library, is the “information place” for all South Carolinians. www.scdiscus.org provides free access to an electronic library that’s available 24/7. From Tumblebooks to Teen Book Cloud, there are over 50 different resources that support learning for the whole family. Please check with your school’s librarian for login information.
The ConnectED partnership between Richland One and Richland Library allows students to access books, movies, music, homework help and more at www.richlandlibrary.com. Your student's Richland One ID number is their library card number and their PIN is the last four digits of your phone number. Please call Richland Library at (803) 799-9084 if you have any questions about your library account.
Please contact your Richland One librarian if you have any questions about accessing these resources.