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March 26, 2020

The next set of instructional packets is to be picked up on Monday and Tuesday, March 30 and 31 from 9 am – 1 pm. The first set of packets are asked to be returned at this time. Please make sure your child’s name is on the work that is returned. If your child has not completed all of packet 1, please have them continue to work on that packet in addition to packet 2, which provides all assignments through May 1. The set up at each school will be a drive thru where you will not need to leave the car. If you have a high school student who takes courses from the career center, please make sure you also go to the career center to pick up student work. Our teachers are working to respond to parents via email. Please continue to reach out to your child’s teachers for assistance.

Report cards will be available via parent portal beginning March 30. Parents are encouraged to view student grades in Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal login, the request for access can be found on our district’s website – click on the COVID-19 link on the main page. The request form must be completed and sent via email to your child’s school to receive the access code. If you do not have a way to access to Parent Portal and would like to receive your child’s Report Card, please contact your child’s school and it will be mailed to you. Pre-K – Grade 2 and Montessori report cards will be distributed with the new instructional packets on March 30 and 31.

Beginning Monday, March 30, we will begin distributing 5 days’ worth of meals to children. At the pick up and delivery sites, students will receive 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals for the week. This will reduce the number of times that parents are going to the pick up and delivery sites. Again, we will only be distributing meals on Mondays for the duration of the school closure. Our school and community sites and times remain the same. Please only select one site to serve all of your children. When approaching the line, indicate the number of meals needed by holding up a hand count. We will put the meals in the trunk or through a window. You will not need to exit the vehicle to receive these meals.

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We truly appreciate all of your support through this time. We continue to encourage you to wash your hands and maintain social distancing. Thank you.

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March 25, 2020

As we continue to receive updated information about our schools, we want to keep all of our families informed.

Yesterday, the Governor issued an extension to the school closure through April 30. Our schools and offices will remain closed per the Governor’s order.

Our meal pickup and delivery will continue tomorrow. We are asking families to hold up a sign or fingers to indicate how many children need meals. If possible, we would prefer to place the meals in the trunk of the cars to reduce the chance of exposure. If the trunk is not an option, please roll down a window. No one will need to get out of the car for this service.

We thank you all for your continued support and encourage all of you to continue to frequently wash your hands and maintain appropriate social distancing.

March 24, 2020

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman today released the following joint statement announcing that South Carolina’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month 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.”

https://governor.sc.gov/…/joint-statement-gov-henry-mcmaste…

March 20, 2020

We would like to thank all of our families for all they are doing for their children. Our schools are trying to stay in contact by reading books, posting messages, calling, and checking in with you. If your children have any questions about COVID-19, please follow these links to help you talk with them about it.

Talking to Children about COVID-19- https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/…/02292020_NAS…

Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19 - https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/…/02292020_NAS…

March 17, 2020

CDC guidance discourages students and staff from gathering or socializing anywhere, like at a friend’s house, a favorite restaurant, or the local shopping mall. We encourage you to stay home as much as possible to decrease the spread of COVID19 in our community. It will take all of us working together to help slow this virus.

For more information on How to prepare and take action for COVID19, click the link.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavi…/2019-ncov/community/index.html

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or get medical care. You can also use MUSC Health’s virtual visit (https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html) by using the promo code "COVID19."

For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Call 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

March 10, 2020

If you have fever, cough or shortness of breath, call your doctor or healthcare provider to discuss your concerns or get medical care. You can also use MUSC Health’s virtual visit (click here) by using the promo code "COVID19."

For general questions about COVID-19, the DHEC Care Line is here to help. Call 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week.

March 12, 2020

Handwashing is an easy, cheap, and effective way to prevent the spread of germs and keep kids and adults healthy.  Visit cdc.gov/handwashing/handwashing-family.html for more information. 

handwashing can prevent spread of illness

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March 10, 2020

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Preparation

Click the links below to learn more about COVID-19

What you need to know about Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19)

Lo que necesita saber sobre la enfermedad del coronavirus 2019(COVID-19)

The district is closely monitoring and following guidance from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDOE), and the Newberry County Emergency Services. Our primary focus is to keep our students and our community safe while providing continuity of service to students. We will continue to update our families and community as changes occur.

Specific steps being taken by the district include:

●Reviewing our emergency response plans with key personnel across schools and departments

●Reminding students and staff to limit physical contact, follow appropriate respiratory etiquette, and to regularly and thoroughly wash hands

●Reminding parents and employees that students or staff who have symptoms of a respiratory illness should not come to school or work

●Requesting that students who have a household member who has been recommended for home isolation not return to school until the isolation period has ended in their household

●Monitoring absenteeism and notifying local health officials about large increases in student or staff absences

●Strengthening procedures to isolate and send home students and staff who are sick at school as soon as symptoms present

●Enhancing existing cleaning and disinfecting processes and frequency

Response in the event of a local outbreak

We will follow all available guidance provided by DHEC, the CDC, the SCDOE, and the Newberry County Emergency Services in addition to determining specific responses that may be appropriate and in the best interest of our students and staff. Such responses could include:

●Increased communication with families

●Coordinated student handwashing and enhanced screening of people with respiratory symptoms or potential exposure within our schools

●Further increasing the frequency and methods of cleaning hard surfaces such as doorknobs and desks

●Postponement or cancellation of extra-curricular events, after-school activities, and field trips

●Closure of one or more schools with implementation of methods for continued academic instruction at home

Should a case of coronavirus be confirmed by DHEC among our students, staff and families, we will immediately notify all employees and parents and provide recommendations and next steps.

Families can help prevent the spread of coronavirus

Stop the Spread of Germs (Video)(Click link to learn more)

The partnership of our families is a critical component of our district’s preparation and response to the potential spreading of coronavirus. Families are advised to remain informed and closely follow guidance from the CDC (Click link to learn more).

The most important role you can play at home is to insure all members of your household follow these everyday precautions (Click link to learn more). A brief summary of these includes:

●Stop germs by washing your hands frequently and thoroughly. Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things you can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy.

●Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

●Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

●Stay home when you are sick.

●Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

●Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces.

All students and staff who are experiencing illness – particularly fever, cough or shortness of breath – are asked to remain at home until their symptoms have cleared.

Click the links below to learn more about COVID-19

What is COVID-19?
Que es COVID-19?
Talking to Children about COVID-19
Hable con sus hijos sobre el COVID-19

March 6, 2020

Our district continues to monitor the emerging novel coronavirus outbreak. We will work closely with our contacts at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to stay informed of any developments of confirmed cases in the US and implement any recommendations or guidelines from the CDC or SC DHEC as they are determined.

While this virus has not affected our area at present, DHEC and CDC have great resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus, symptoms, preventative measures and current confirmed cases.

As always, we encourage everyone to practice proper handwashing, cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing and stay home if ill. It is all of us working together that will help decrease the spread of germs.

To stay up to date on this ever changing situation, go to: https://scdhec.gov/COVID19







Mission Statement

The mission of School Health Services is to provide compassionate quality health services that serve children, their families, and the school community to promote educational success and lifelong healthy habits.

Vision Statement

Our vision is that each student will develop positive health habits that will enable them to be productive, responsible, global citizens who engage in life long learning.