The School District of Newberry County will implement a leveled system to keep parents and the community informed of the COVID-19 numbers in our schools.
Per SCDHEC Guidelines updated September 7, 2021, consideration for a school or grade level temporarily transitioning to virtual learning may occur when the school is unable to maintain operations with current staffing as determined by the school district or 30% or higher rate of absenteeism in the school or grade level due to COVID-19. The decision to close a school will be made in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Education.
When the District has individual sites that reach the orange level, a message will be sent to parents and staff that indicates the rates are at a high level of potential transmission and there is a potential that school closure may occur.
If the district decides to close a school when the excluded percentages reach 30% (red level) or if the district cannot safely staff the school, parents will be given a 24-hour notice and the school will transition to virtual learning, initially for 5 days. Throughout the closure, the district will analyze the percentage of students and staff excluded to determine when a safe return to in-person learning can occur.
Schools will work with staff and families to ensure that each student has his/her technology device. Information concerning access to assignments and live instruction schedules will be provided to students and/or parents by principals and teachers.
Food services will continue to provide breakfast and lunch to students at closed schools during the temporary closure. Meals will be distributed daily by a drive-through pick-up service. Information regarding the times of pick-ups will be shared by each school site. Students will not be allowed to enter the buildings or eat on-site. The office of child nutrition will verify the student names as the meals are picked up.
Several school buses are equipped with internet access and may be dispersed to provide internet connectivity within the zone of the school closed. The times and locations of the buses coming around for internet access will be shared after the decision to close a school is made.