Update from Oct. 20 Board of Trustees meeting

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At the Oct. 20 board meeting, Dr. Phipps and the Board of Trustees discussed the options for re-opening schools to 4 days a week.

Please see the summary video from Dr. Phipps from Tuesday night’s board meeting regarding the preparation to move to 4 to 5-day week instruction.

Oct. 20 board meeting summary from Dr. Phipps

Option A –
1. The statistics from DHEC are at medium or less for two weeks in a row.
• Two-Week Incident Rate < 200
• Two-Week Trend in Incident Rate = Stable or Decreasing
• Two-Week Percent Positive < 10%
Then…
2. The 3 indicators remain stable at medium or less for 2 weeks.
Then…
3. In 2 weeks, elementary school A/B students return 4 days per week.
Then…
4. In 1 more week, middle school A/B students return 4 days per week.
Then…
5. after winter break, all A/B students return 4 days per week.

 

**The district will work with fully virtual parents to have their students return if
the parent selects to have them return to face-to-face instruction. This process may
be delayed as logistics are arranged to accommodate the increased enrollment.

 

Option B –
1. Plexiglass shields arrive and are installed in classrooms across the district,
beginning with elementary schools. *
Then…
2. In 2 weeks, elementary school A/B students return 4 days per week.
Then…
3. In 1 more week, middle school A/B students return 4 days per week.
Then…
4. after winter break, all A/B students return 4 days per week.

 

*The timeline for delivery and installation is dependent upon on the SC SDE
process.

 

**The district will work with fully virtual parents to have their students return if
the parent selects to have them return to face-to-face instruction. This process may
be delayed as logistics are arranged to accommodate the increased enrollment.

 

Plexiglass use in schools
Consistent with its existing policy, DHEC is providing further information
regarding use of plexiglass barriers between students. As noted in the
COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions for School Officials from August 14,
2020, appropriate plexiglass use, combined with other measures, allows for
shorter distances for social distancing.
In scenarios in which students are seated closer apart than six feet, the students would not be considered close contacts when:
1. appropriate plexiglass is utilized, and
2. distance between students is at least three feet apart, and
3. the students are wearing cloth face coverings or face masks that cover the nose and mouth (the plexiglass does not serve as a substitute to mask-wearing).
Plexiglass is considered appropriately sized and utilized if it surrounds three sides (the front and two sides) of the edges of the student’s desk and extends at least a foot above each child’s head when seated at the desk and at least a foot beyond the end of the desk on either side. There may be acceptable other configurations, as determined on an individual basis by DHEC.

 

Click here to see the full document that contains these options and additional COVID information.

 

The Board of Trustees will meet again in the coming weeks to further discuss these options.

 

The surveys that were discussed at the meeting for parents will be sent out by a Blackboard Connect email, please keep a check on your email. The form will not take responses after 12 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28 so that the received data can be gathered and organized.

 

Teachers and staff will also have a survey that will be sent via email from the district office, please keep a check on your email. The form will not take responses after 12 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 28 so that the received data can be gathered and organized.