Schools will close through April 30
The Governor and the Superintendent of Education have announced that South Carolina schools will be closed through the end of April.
“At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”
Message to Families from Our Principal:
Dear Blue Devil Families,
I've just heard (as many of you have) that the state government has decided to keep our public schools closed through at least April 30th. This obviously saddens me, but we will make the best of a bad situation! There has been considerable concern shared regarding the pacing, grading, and delivery format of assignments. I have also heard from hundreds of students concerned about how the transition from 3rd to 4th quarter will occur. Later this week, once the State Superintendent Molly Spearman shares additional information - I will sending out a detailed plan on our schedule and structure of assignments, due dates, and grading.
For now, please consider the following:
1) I am asking all teachers to structure their lessons in an A/B format similar to our "regular schedule" beginning on Monday (we had previously been asked to do 45-50 minute daily lessons by the district, but will be moving away from that) - this way students will work on 4 classes one day and 4 the next day;
2) students should worry less about the transition from 3rd to 4th at this point and more about completing their lessons, online meetings with teachers, and assignments in a timely manner (if students need some additional time on an assignment, please contact the teacher) - we want to keep the focus on teaching and learning; and
3) our teachers will be very flexible with turning in assignments and grading (within reason - we still have high expectations) at the urging of the State and R1 Superintendents.
Hopefully, I'll have more detailed information for you all by the end of this week. We're in this for the long haul - I promise to work with our teachers and staff to provide the most positive eLearning experience we can within this difficult and unexpected context. You will likely see instructional delivery improve week by week. We'll work together - I promise! Don't hesitate to reach out to our wonderful teachers, staff, and administration for assistance. We're here to help!
Kevin J. Hasinger, Ed.S.