Lancaster CSD

20-21 School Year Start Info

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Click the link below for answers to some frequently asked questions about hotspots.
Hotspot FAQ

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Thursday, August 27, 2020

Hotspot Instructions
Today instructions were released for setting up your hotspot. Click here to see instructions.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

– LCSD allows students to utilize Internet Accessibility on our campuses after 4:30 p.m. Please reference the Accessibility Map for your student’s school. When you arrive on campus, areas with sufficient access will be marked with signage. The access will work for your child’s LCSD student Chromebook only. We hope you will take advantage of this Internet coverage for uploading and downloading assignments. If you have additional questions, please visit your student’s school website and click the Tech Help Desk to reach the school Instructional Technology Coach.
School Internet Maps

– Hotspot pick-up information
Free WiFi Hotspots for qualifying student households will be issued Thursday, Aug. 27 & Friday, Aug. 28.
Pick-up times will be 9 to 11 a.m. & 4 to 6 p.m., at the following locations:
Andrew Jackson Middle School – At the rear of the school underneath the covered walkway.

Buford Elementary School – At the front of the school under the covered walkway.

North Elementary School – At the front of the school under the covered walkway.

Van Wyck Elementary School – At the front of the school under the covered walkway.

This will be a drive-thru pick up and we are requesting that folks stay in their vehicles and wear face masks.
If you have not registered, you will need to park, walk up and register at one of the mobile registration stations before being issued a hotspot. Gloves available for those that register onsite. An LCSD-Student ID or a driver’s license containing the household address, of where access has been requested, will be required for pick up.

To register for a Hotspot
Click on the survey link below to request a Free Mobile Internet Hotspot for Fall Semester 2020.
Survey to Request a free mobile hotspot

Survey to Request a free mobile hotspot – Spanish

CDC Mask Requirements Mask Requirements

COVID-19 Response Response Matrix

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020
SC DHEC Update 8/7/20 August 7 DHEC Update

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Thursday, August 13, 2020
Schedule update – A/B schedules will be released by your child’s school within the next week. Some schools may take a little longer due to the number of students and number of siblings from other schools.

Click on the survey link below to request a Free Mobile Internet Hotspot for Fall Semester 2020.
Survey to Request a free mobile hotspot

Survey to Request a free mobile hotspot – Spanish

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Friday, August 7, 2020
Lancaster County School District will follow the guidance from the Center for
Disease Control (CDC), the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC
DHEC), and local officials, as well as the SC Department of Education (SC SDE), as we
make decisions about the reopening of school and to address educational needs
while providing the recommended safety precautions.

Click on the link below to see the information on reopening considerations.

Reopening Considerations

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020
See information below on mask guidelines for public schools.
Mask Guidelines

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Thursday, July 30, 2020
School supply lists are now available!
School Supply Lists

Superintendent Spearman approved twenty-five more reopening plans, including Lancaster County School District. Click to see the release from SC Department of Education

Today, clarification was released for High School Synchronous live instruction for Opt. 1 – A/B days and Opt. 2 – Virtual A/B & High School Asynchronous computer-based self-guided instruction. Click for High School

Clarification was also released for Middle School Opt. 1 – In-person A/B days and Opt. 2 – Virtual. Click for Middle School

Please contact your middle or high school for more details.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

At Tuesday, July 28 called board meeting, the board approved calendar option 1, beginning August 31 and high school end date June 10 and middle and elementary end date June 17.

2020-21 Calendar

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Thursday, July 23, 2020
Below are links for the detailed information for face-to-face and distance learning options for the 2020-21 school year. There is a section in the pdf for each school level option.

The Board of Trustees will vote Tuesday, July 28 on the school start date.

Detailed Reopening Plan

General Information

Enrollment Form

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Click to see an important video update from Lancaster County School District superintendent, Dr. Phipps on the 2020-21 school year opening.
July 15 update from Dr. Phipps.

Dr. Phipps message – Powerpoint

Enrollment Form

July Survey Results

Today, our goal was to release the school opening plan. As most you have heard, Governor McMaster has just informed us of his recommendations for opening schools. We are working diligently to re-work the plans that include the school calendar AND start date. We want to make sure our plans keep students, teachers and staff safe and that they also meet the recommendations that have been placed before us.

We started planning the week of graduation for this upcoming school year. Our principals and directors have met numerous times. We surveyed parents, teachers and students on the success and challenges we faced last semester. Then we surveyed our parents and teachers again regarding our reopening for the upcoming school year.

Survey invitations were sent by email, text, phone call, social media and posted on our website. If you are a parent that did not receive an email or phone call, please update your contact information at your child’s school.

You can also access survey results on our District Web page.

Last week. We were finally given verbal approval from the State Department of Education regarding our plan for next year. And our waiver will reflect our plan as of today.

We are offering our students a choice of two options, with the understanding that these options could change with new state or federal mandates and with an increase in the spread of the COVID virus:

1- A virtual instruction option. This would allow students to learn from home while using their school issued Chrome book. We have worked to offer creative ways of instruction for those learners with a limited internet access such as uploading data on a weekly basis for those who have limited internet access and possible internet hot-spots for our students. We also plan to rotate these virtual students into the school in small groups on Wednesdays.

Kindergarten and 1st grade will be a challenge for home instruction. These students will have access to home instruction with a more creative approach, which will include the traditional paper packets.

2- The second option is an alternative schedule for those parents who would like their child to return to school. Students who choose this option will have a rotating schedule. We will have A, B and C days of instruction. Students who are on an A day would attend on Monday and Tuesday while B day students would attend on Thursday and Friday. C day or Wednesday will be a possible rotation day for remediation or acceleration programs. This rotating schedule allows for more social distancing and smaller class sizes for our students. Safety measures will be in place with students and staff. Some of these include changes in our bus schedule to reduce the number of students on the bus, temperatures taken as students and adults enter the school, increased hand washing and hand sanitation stations, changes in seating arrangements within the school, cleaning of buses and schools will be increased and school cafeterias will change the way food is distributed.
Finally, face masks. Teachers and staff will wear facemasks or shields during the school day. Students will be expected to wear facemasks during certain time periods of the day. The specifics of facemask requirements are be based on CDC recommendations. We are working with area businesses and community members to donate facemasks for any student that needs one. Other safety measures will be in place as we continue to create the safest environment that we can for our students and
staff.

As parents decide on the best option for their child, an on-line enrollment form will be available on your school’s website. If you do not have web access then you are welcome to call your child’s school. Parents will receive more information in coming days.

We will reflect DHEC guidelines for school closures. We will also work with students as much as possible for regarding attendance. Bottom line with attendance is that we want folks to stay home instead of spreading any sickness.

School uniform requirements will be relaxed during first semester.
School supply lists will be available soon for students that choose A/B/C days.

I hope this information helps as you make plans for next year. I know many of you have been frustrated that we were not able to share this plan sooner. I wanted to make sure that we could offer a plan that would be approved by the SC Dept of Education.

This pandemic has changed the way schools operate.

Thanks for watching and thanks for your patience and support as we do our best to Put our Students First.

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Click to see a video update from Lancaster County School District superintendent, Dr. Phipps.
July 8 update from Dr. Phipps.

Parent Survey
The survey is available on our website and Lancaster County School District Facebook Page. The link will soon be available in the Remind App text and will be emailed to those parents who have an email option in the Blackboard Connect system. Please contact your school if you need to complete a paper version of the survey. The survey will remain open until Monday, July 13, 2020.
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Lancaster County School District has been meeting with directors and administrators on a plan for reopening school. We are awaiting approval from the South Carolina Department of Education for alternate options.

The reopening plan is expected to be released next week.

Please expect another parent survey by Friday, July 10.

Previous survey responses from parents/guardians, teachers/faculty and students can be found here.

Thank you for your patience during this process.

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At last night’s board meeting, June 23, the Safety and Transportation Department presented changes to the bus schedule for the upcoming school year to the Board of Trustees. More information for car-riders will be posted when it is available. There are many moving parts as the next school year is being planned.

In the event that school begins 5 days earlier, the Board approved a calendar for the earlier start date.      Click to see the early start calendar

Covid-19 transportation plan SY 2020-21 .      Click for printable document
The presence of Covid-19 across our county, state and country have mandated that we make numerous changes to our operating procedures in an effort to protect the safety of our students and staff members.

The following are recommendations that we have made in reference to protocols that should be put in place in accordance to state and federal guidelines as well as recommendations that we have made at the local district level.

The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has recommended that all buses be reduced by 50 percent of the listed capacity. In order for our district to meet this recommendation of reduction of capacity we are proposing to the superintendent a bell schedule as follows:

Andrew Jackson area schools
Elementary schools will operate from 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Middle school will operate from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
High school will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Buford area schools
Elementary school will operate from 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Middle school will operate from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
High school will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Indian Land area schools
Elementary schools will operate from 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Middle school will operate from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
High school will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lancaster area schools
Elementary schools will operate from 7:50 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
Middle schools will operate from 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
High school will operate from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

*The shifts in times allows us more time to increase routes to compensate for lost seating capacity. Without these changes, 50% of elementary students and 33% of students who utilize bus transportation will be displaced.

Recommend discontinuation of Arts Focus Transportation. To provide transportation we would be forced to double our buses from 1 to 2 and the driver cost would double and we would have to purchase a second bus and fund the costs. Currently we have no second driver available if we opted to continue with 2 buses.

Bus Drivers
We are making recommendations for student and driver safety. Drivers will be provided with face coverings and/or face shields to protect them from either getting infected or infecting someone else. Drivers will also be provided with gloves and personal hygiene supplies to wash their hands properly.
• The district is instituting a cleaning protocol that requires the use of an electrostatic sprayer before and after each daily run. The district is also instituting a cleaning protocol that requires drivers to wipe down each seat and hand rails in addition to the electrostatic sprayer. This process will ensure buses are in the most sanitary condition while students are on board
• All transportation offices are being retrofitted with guards to protect employees from infection. All large meetings have been scaled back to small open-air meetings.
• We are closing lounges for sitting. Employees will only be allowed to use lounges to use the restroom and get a snack and must exit immediately.
• Drivers will go through daily health screenings prior to duty.

Students
We are strongly encouraging students to wear a face-covering for their bus ride. No student will be refused transportation if they forget or do not have a face covering at the bus stop in the morning or afternoon.

Lancaster County School District
20-21 School Year Start Info