Frequently Asked Questions

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Instruction & Learning Pathways

  • Why is a hybrid of online and in-person learning not being considered?

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    After wide community and stakeholder input, BCSD administration’s recommendation for re-opening schools is what we believe is in the best interest of our students for the following reasons:

    In-person instruction is completely voluntary for those students whose families choose to send their students to school, and a robust virtual school option will be available for all who choose not to return to in-person instruction. The self-selection approach significantly reduces the number of students physically in schools, maximizes instructional time, and does so based on individual consideration and determination.

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  • What about students with 504 plans?

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    All three opportunities will be offered to students with a 504 plan. Students will continue to receive their 504 accommodations.

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  • What will the typical day look like for students on the online learning pathways?

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    Online learning pathways (blended distance & virtual) will align with traditional school days and follow each school's regular schedule.

    Elementary school schedules are built around the defined minimum program times and requirements of 6.5 hours. In the case of BCSD online learning pathways, that 6.5 hour required learning block will occur between the hours of 7:20 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. Precise start and dismissal time will vary by school. Lunch and break times will be included in a schedule provided to you by your child's school and/or teacher.

    Middle school schedules are built around the defined minimum program times and requirements of 7 hours. In the case of BCSD online learning pathways, that 7 hour required learning block will occur between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. Precise start and dismissal time will vary by school. Lunch and break times will be included in a schedule provided to you by your child's school and/or teacher.

    High school schedules are built around the defined minimum program times and requirements of 7 hours. In the case of BCSD online learning pathways, that 7 hour required learning block will occur between the hours of 8:25 a.m. and 4:05 p.m. Precise start and dismissal time will vary by school. Lunch and break times will be included in a schedule provided to you by your child's school and/or teacher.

    Students will log in each period/block for attendance and all direct instruction with the teacher. Students will be participating in live-streaming direct instruction for a portion of the class period and then working independently on assignments that will be posted on a learning management system. The length of direct instruction live streaming will depend on the density of the content and the age of the student. 

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Health & Safety

Transportation

  • How will buses be cleaned/disinfected?

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    Buses will be disinfected following unloading of students using electrostatic cleaners. Families who are able to transport their children to school are encouraged to do so.

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  • Will masks be required on the bus?

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    As BCSD school buses are owned, funded and maintained by the South Carolina Department of Education, students and staff utilizing these buses for transport to and from school will be expected to adhere to the following South Carolina Department of Education Face Covering Guidelines for School Buses. 

    South Carolina Department of Education School Bus Face Covering Guidelines

    Students and staff who ride the state’s pupil transportation system to and from school are required to wear face coverings while boarding, riding, and exiting school buses. Staff members, including bus drivers, are required to wear face coverings while boarding, riding, driving, and exiting school buses. Bus drivers and support staff should ask any student who boards a bus without a covering to put one on and offer them a disposable or cloth face covering provided by the SCDE.
     
    Students who should NOT be required to wear face coverings:
     
    • Those younger than two years old;
    • Those who have trouble breathing;
    • Those unable to remove the covering without assistance; and/or
    • Those with special healthcare or educational needs as determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Accommodations Plan, or an individual student healthcare plan, or by a medical doctor
    Staff members, including bus drivers, who have trouble breathing and/or those with special healthcare needs as noted by a medical doctor should NOT be required to wear face coverings.

    Additional information can be found in our Back to School Health & Safety Protocols.

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Special Services

  • What about students with 504 plans?

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    All three opportunities will be offered to students with a 504 plan. Students will continue to receive their 504 accommodations.

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  • How will special education work for traditional learning?

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    All three opportunities will be provided for special education students. For Traditional, school teams will continue all IEP supports and services determined in the IEP and follow district guidelines and safety precautions.

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Meals / Child Nutrition

Athletics

Before/After School Care

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