BCSD's Return to School
Since Governor McMaster officially closed schools on March 16, 2020, Berkeley County School District has been in the process of evaluating the safety protocols and educational guidelines options for staff and students within the context of the
COVID-19 pandemic. We acknowledge and appreciate the work that the BCSD staff and students did to fully engage in modified eLearning during the fourth quarter of the 2019-20 school year. While all parties did an admirable job converting to modified eLearning with little to no preparation, there were clearly hurdles that students and teachers encountered and opportunities to improve future endeavors with the eLearning platform.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of education and has impacted how we provide education to students. While our schools have always followed measures to prevent the spread of germs and viruses, school operation protocols now include increased health and hygiene measures such as encouraging staff and students to wear face coverings/masks, frequent hand sanitation, and social distancing practices when practical. In addition, the physical landscape may also change as we consider measures to limit the use of larger facilities and outdoor areas such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, and outdoor playgrounds.
In summer 2020, we gradually re-opened to more in-person work, services, and instruction to ensure that our students received the academic support they needed to move forward next year. Our primary goal going forward for offices, schools, students, and staff will be to provide the highest degree of educational services possible in accordance with school and district safety operations and protocols.
Large school assemblies, extracurricular and school activities may not be possible or they may be reduced. Outside visitation may be altered to accommodate virtual parent/teacher conferences, discipline conferences, and 504 and IEP meetings.
Considerations and adjustments in parental involvement in school activities on campus may also occur. Berkeley County School District is dedicated to ensuring that we provide a safe learning environment for our students as we reopen our schools.
The newly-revised and approved calendar has students returning to school (online and in-person) on September 8. The approved amendment to the calendar also makes November 25 a student/teacher holiday; adds June 17 as a half-day for students and makes June 18 and 21 teacher workdays.
The press release from the office of State Superintendent Molly Spearman described the Berkeley County plan and others as “high quality and innovative” while “keeping student and staff safety as their top priority.”