Frequently Asked Questions
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Instruction & Learning Pathways
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.
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.
Health & Safety
There will be hand sanitizing stations in common areas and in classrooms.
Surfaces and common spaces will be cleaned and sanitized at least twice each day.
Berkeley County School District intends to conduct temperature checks for all students and staff entering schools.
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 GuidelinesStudents 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:
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.
- 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
Additional information can be found in our Back to School Health & Safety Protocols.
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.
Meals / Child Nutrition
If students are eating in the classroom, the teacher/student will wipe down desks before and after meals.
Yes. Meals will be available for pickup at sites still to be determined. As during a normal school year, meals will only be provided at no cost or at discount to students qualifying for free/reduced lunch. All other students will need to pay for lunch. Additional information is forthcoming.
Berkeley County School District will follow the guidelines of South Carolina High School League for athletics. Please see the High School League Website for the latest recommendations.
Schools may continue to offer extracurricular activities, at their discretion and consistent with the COVID-19 preventative guidance in this document, for extracurricular activities and with the guidance found in the BCSD Policy Manual for all BCSD activities. Questions regarding athletics should be directed to the office of our Senior Associate Superintendent for Operations and Administration, Mr. Deon Jackson.
Before/After School Care
BCSD schools will have the option to offer before/after school programs. Before/after school programs will only be available to those students registered for the traditional learning pathway. Specifics on before/after school programs will be provided by your child’s school.