Principal's Message

September 20, 2020

Dear Parents:

I wanted to reach out to you regarding some recently published updates in terms of curriculum and instruction, as well as teaching and learning format.

  • BCSD is no longer using K-12 platform for teaching and learning.

  • HHIE teachers will continue to use Google Classroom (grades 3-5) and Seesaw (grades 1-2) as the venue to push out live lessons (via Zoom), as well as uploading completed assignments.

  • Starting this week, interventions and special curriculum offerings will start to be embedded into the daily instruction schedule.

  • Per state policy, daily attendance will be taken and will be based on a combination of student engagement/participation as well as turning in assignments on time.

  • Starting October 5th, students/parents that have chosen the in-person learning option will be following the hybrid model of AA/BB. Students will attend school in person Monday and Tuesday or Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be virtual for both groups of students and will be used as a day for in-depth cleaning.

  • After one month, the district will reevaluate the need to continue with the hybrid model.

  • Students/parents that have chosen the virtual learning option will continue to follow the same schedule that they are following currently and will receive instruction virtually 5x week. We will be asking parents to pick up specific books and curriculum materials for your child(ren) to support learning at home (in the near future).

  • If you want to make a change of learning option for your child, we ask that you do by emailing data specialist, Sherol Pheiffer, at sherol.pheiffer@beaufort.k12.sc.us no later than September 25th.  

  • The HHI cluster schools are working together to ensure that siblings are assigned the same schedules.

  • Our goal is to send out the hybrid schedule to all parents no later than next Monday, September 28th. Generally speaking, students with the last name that starts with A-M will attend school face-to -face Monday and Tuesday and students with the last name that starts with L-Z will attend Thursday and Friday.

  • We will not be able to honor special requests for preference for in-person days.

  • BCSD is continuing to offer free meals to children 18 years and younger. This is not dependent on the student’s meal status at school or where they are enrolled. The district will provide two types of meal delivery; 1) at meal pick-up locations at the bus-rider drop-offs across the county; and 2) the special distribution routes operating during virtual instruction can be accessed at the following link: http://beaufortschools.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=170925&pageId=23614099

  • Meals are delivered between 9:00 a.m. and noon only and each stop last for approximately 20 minutes. Food is delivered on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

During the next two weeks, the entire staff will be working on procedures and practices to ensure students are safe and in an environment conducive to learning. These practices will be based on the BCSD reentry plan guidelines which are forthcoming. I will continue to communicate with you as our plans are finalized.

I want to end by sharing some exciting news. Third grade teacher, Michelle Taylor, was recently named Top 5 finalist for BCSD Teacher of the Year. Ms. Taylor represents our entire school community very well and we have our fingers crossed that she will go all the way!! Again, I thank you all for your encouragement, patience, and advocacy during these times. This amazing community truly has the best interest of all of our children in mind each and every day.

Sincerely,

Sarah L. Owen

 

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