• As the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) works to track cases of COVID-19 across the state, there is an understandable delay in reporting confirmed cases in public schools. Berkeley County School District is committed to providing stakeholders with accurate and timely information so the BCSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed cases reported directly to Berkeley County School District. These numbers will be updated every business day to provide our community with a more accurate accounting of confirmed cases in Berkeley County schools.  

    The content of this database is general information for each location. Any necessary contact tracing is conducted by SCDHEC. This information is updated at the close of each business day. Please note the numbers provided are numbers of confirmed cases reported to the Berkeley County School District and are 14-day cumulative counts.

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    The South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA) has announced that Christi Furrow is a top finalist for the 2021 South Carolina Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year award.

    Furrow is at Goose Creek Elementary, where she has served since 2015. She has been an educator in Berkeley County School District for 23 years.

    Furrow was born and raised in Hanahan and graduated from Hanahan High in 1992.

    She studied elementary education at the College of Charleston, where she also received her Masters of Education in Early Childhood Education. Furrow also received her Masters plus 30 in Educational Administration from Charleston Southern University, where she is currently enrolled in the doctoral program for leadership.

    “I have high energy, and I have an energy and a passion to serve and make a difference,” she said, adding, “I have fun every day. It’s a great thing to be able to…have the joy of coming to work, and know that you’re coming to a place that you love.”

    Furrow’s high energy can be heard when she talks about making an impact in students’ lives.

    “We’re working together as a team to create a win-win for the home and the school…that automatically makes a win for the community, for the future,” she said.

    To be an Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year, Applicants must of been an elementary assistant principal for two years or longer and a member of SCASA at the time of selection as State Elementary Assistant Principal of the Year.

    As part of the selection process for the state award, Furrow traveled to Columbia on Nov. 18 to be interviewed by a designated panel of educators and community stakeholders.

    “I felt like it went well,” Furrow said. “My goal was just to be myself and to show the passion and love I have for kids.”

    Furrow said she loves people and enjoys making a difference in the lives of her school’s teachers and students.

    “If I have the opportunity to…equip and engage and empower people, I want to be able to do that,” she said.

    Furrow is married to her husband, Pat Furrow. They have a son named Bryce, who graduated from Hanahan High last year and is currently at Charleston Southern University.

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  • As the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) works to track cases of COVID-19 across our state, there is an understandable delay in reporting confirmed cases in public schools. Berkeley County School District is committed to providing stakeholders with accurate and timely information so the BCSD COVID-19 Case Dashboard has been updated to reflect the number of confirmed cases reported directly to BCSD. These numbers will be updated every business day to provide our community with a more accurate accounting of confirmed cases in Berkeley County schools.  

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    The content of this database is general information for each location. Any necessary contact tracing is conducted by SCDHEC. This info is updated at the close of each business day. Please note the numbers provided are numbers of confirmed cases reported to the Berkeley County School District and are 14-day cumulative counts.

     

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  • Berkeley County School District’s (BCSD) learning pathways portal will open Monday, November 2 at 8:30 a.m. for families to begin making their final learning pathway update for the year. At the regular meeting of the Berkeley County Board of Education, Dr. Kelly Wulf, BCSD Chief Academic and Innovation Officer, presented the district’s plan to encourage and facilitate a return to the traditional classroom for blended distance learning students who need it most, while preserving choice for students and their families. 

    “We looked at courses for students who were failing and students with more than 10 days of absences to compare the traditional and distance blended learning pathways,” said Dr. Wulf. “Looking at that data, we have continued to be flexible and fluid in the decisions we have been making but are confident that providing the option for students to return to the traditional classroom is the best model we can provide.” 

    Even as the district encourages a return to the traditional classroom, especially for primary students and students who are struggling academically, families will still have the option for their student to remain in or transition to the distance blended learning pathway and select a reason to support that choice. If a student is currently enrolled in the traditional pathway or the virtual pathway (eligible students in grades 7-12), no pathway update is necessary.

    Primary and elementary students will have the choice to: 

    • Return to the traditional classroom on November 11, 2020 (First day of second nine weeks)
    • Return to the traditional classroom on January 4, 2021 (First day following winter break)
    • Remain in distance blended learning due to a medical need, hardship, to include extenuating circumstances, demonstrated academic progress or a personal reason offered as explanation by the parent or guardian
    • Transition to blended distance learning due to a medical need, hardship, to include extenuating circumstances, demonstrated academic progress or a personal reason offered as explanation by the parent or guardian

    Middle and high school students will have the choice to:

    • Return to the traditional classroom on November 11, 2020 (First day of second nine weeks)
    • Return to the traditional classroom on February 1, 2021 (First day of second semester)
    • Remain in distance blended learning due to a medical need, hardship, to include extenuating circumstances, or demonstrated academic progress or a personal reason offered as explanation by the parent or guardian
    • Transition to blended distance learning due to a medical need, hardship, to include extenuating circumstances, demonstrated academic progress or a personal reason offered as explanation by the parent or guardian

    District and school leaders recognize that many blended distance learners have been successful, and are supportive of parents and guardians retaining their choice to decide the best learning pathway for their child(ren). Plans presented before the Board on Tuesday night have been modified to best meet the needs of students and their families. 

    “We received feedback following Tuesday’s meeting requesting additional choice options for students in distance blended learning,” Dr. Wulf said. “In response to the feedback, we have expanded the choice options for parents who would like to keep their child in blended distance learning. Those options will be reflected in the learning pathways portal.”

    The learning pathways portal will close for primary and elementary requests at midnight on November 10. The portal will close for middle and high school requests at midnight on November 20. These dates were updated following the board presentation to allow more time for schools to adjust master schedules and plans for second semester. 

    “We have a responsibility to do what is best for children and modify our plans to meet their needs,” said BCSD Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram. “I applaud the Board for their support and willingness to shift, sometimes rather quickly, as we continue to support student learning during a pandemic.”  

    Parents and guardians should contact their child’s school if they need assistance accessing the learning pathways portal or if they need assistance determining the best path forward for their child beginning Monday, November 2.

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  • In the past, BCSD schools have celebrated Veterans Day with parades, guest speakers and special breakfasts or lunches with visiting veterans and active service members.

    With the pandemic, schools were limited with what they could do this year – but on Nov. 11, schools found ways to thank those who have served, or are continuing to serve, the country. Click through the photo gallery to view how schools celebrated Veterans Day.

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  • Denise Ling, director of federal and state programming and intervention for Berkeley County School District (BCSD), has received a service award for her work in the district.

    She recently received the State Leadership Award by the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators (NAFEPA).

    Each year the NAFEPA presents the State Leadership Award to members who have taken on significant roles in the support and promotion of activities and goals of the state affiliate organizations.

    Ling has worked in the area of federal programs for 20 of her 30 years in education. She has been an active member of the South Carolina Title One Administrators Association (SCATA) for 20 years and held each of its offices. She has also been an active member of NAFEPA for 15 years where she has been the South Carolina representative on the Board of Directors, served as the President for two terms, and is currently serving as the Past President.

    This is the second time Mrs. Ling has received the award; she previously won it 11 years ago.

    “I really believe the most powerful professional development is being involved in organizations at all different levels that allow you to be a part of change and a part of positive shifts in education,” she said. “That’s how we give back to the profession.”

    She also serves on the SCDE Committee of Practitioners and is the vice-chair of the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCAS) Federal Programs and Grants Roundtable.

    She is a proud product of Berkeley County Schools. Ling said she is dedicated to the vision and leadership of BCSD and is honored to be able to work and live in the district, where she can serve and give back to her community.

    Ling received the State Leadership Award after being nominated by her peers. She said one of the best compliments one can receive is knowing “the people you work closely with thought you deserved it.”

    “What makes it special is it’s given by your peers,” she said. “That’s the reward that goes with it.”

    Ling has been married to Gene for 26 years. She has a daughter who just graduated from Clemson University and a son who is a sophomore at Berkeley High. The family lives in Bonneau.

    The Office of Federal & State Programs manages the compliance of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act including Title I, Title II, Title III, Title IV and Title I- Neglected & Delinquent.  District data and stakeholder input guide initiatives that meet specific requirements of the law as well as focus resources on district needs and goals. To learn more visit the OFP page on the district site.

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  • Westview Primary second-grader Tinsley Kern stays active in and outside of school, and she is someone who demonstrates leadership by being ready to help her teachers and her peers.

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