• 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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  • Berkeley County School District is proud to announce the selection of three high school seniors nominated to the State Superintendent of Education for consideration as state finalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Selection criteria was based on high academic achievement, outstanding leadership and character, and a perseverance to rise above personal challenges or obstacles. 

    Academics/General Component Category:

    • Akil Tyree Prioleau, Berkeley High School
    • Georgianna Paige Bellinger, Hanahan High School

    Career and Technical Education Component Category:

    • Caroline Brooks Helms, Stratford High School

    The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and, since that time, the program has honored over 7,600 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students. 

    Ultimately, the State Superintendent of Education will select 10 male and 10 female nominees for the Academic/General Component category, and 5 additional nominees for the Career and Technical Component category. The candidates will go through the application process and, as in the past, selections will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. Recipients of the award will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C. in June 2021.

    To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission of Presidential Scholars, please visit their website at http://www.ed.gov/psp.  

     
    BCSD Division of Academics and Innovation
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  • At the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Tuesday, October 27, the Board approved revisions to the Berkeley County School District (BCSD) instructional calendar to add four half-day virtual instructional program (VIP) days for students. Teachers will use the second half of those four days as workdays. 

    On these VIP days, students will be learning from home independently for half of the day. All student assignments will be loaded to Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems by 7 a.m.

    BCSD half-day VIP/teacher workdays

    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • Monday, December 7, 2020
    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • Monday, May 10, 2021

    To further support students, each teacher will set office hours that are posted or will be posted in Google Classroom and/or other learning management systems.

    Much like the eLearning days of the 2019-20 school year, teachers will have the flexibility to use time not spent assisting students to work in their classrooms, with their teams or participate in personal professional development.

    Again, this is a remote learning day, and all students will be learning from home independently. 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child's school. 

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  • About 85 percent of textile waste ends up in landfills where it occupies unnecessary landfill space.

    These were textiles that had the opportunity to be recycled but were not.

    The reason they do not get recycled is because of a lack of a convenient place to donate textiles.

    Residents might notice bright green bins on the property of some schools in Berkeley County School District, provided by a franchise called Clothes Bins, where families can actually recycle old textiles.

    The result is threefold with Clothes Bins: textiles get reused as inventory at local businesses, the recycling efforts actually raise money for BCSD schools, and the overall initiative produces a greener option for what residents can do with old clothes.

    Textiles include clothing, outerwear, footwear, undergarments, accessories, handbags and linens – these are all things that can go into the bins.

    Chad Boariu, director of marketing and training for Clothes Bin, said the franchise is the first clothing/textile recycling franchise in the nation.

    The bins are unlike anything else out there. They are equipped with sensory technology inside the bins that alerts Clothes Bins when they are about to be filled up and need servicing – very similar to a vending machine, he said. This technology is called BLIP – Bin Location Information Program – which monitors each bin and alerts the franchisee whenever a bin approaches its capacity and needs to be serviced.

    Clothes Bins is in about 15 states, and there are individual schools as well as full districts that have contracted a bin.

    BCSD schools with a bin receive multiple benefits: one is it shows the district believes in a green program, and another is individual schools being able to show the overall impact of recycling as a whole.

    “You are able to show how you give back to the community,” Boariu said.

    Boariu said Clothes Bins’s biggest takeaway is just from the landfill – “we’re trying to make that smaller,” he said.

    The schools get paid per pound of everything recycled in the bin, and that is where the fundraising comes in; they receive seven cents per pound that goes back into the school. The bins can hold 600 pounds, so a school could potentially make about $42 every time the bin reaches capacity.

    Schools use the money for different items; some of the money is used as “cushion” money while others may go toward the school’s PTO (see the full list of schools with a bin below).

    The clothes provided into the Clothes Bins go on to provide inventory for local thrift stores – which is where the recycling part comes in.

    “Our biggest thing is there’s always another use,” Boariu said. “Once it goes into a landfill, that’s it.”

    Many of BCSD’s schools fall into the territory of Mary Anna Lewis, owner of Lowcountry Textile Recycling. A majority of the schools within the territory were offered a bin, and the first set of bins were set up in May 2019.

    Lewis stressed that these clothes are recycled to help local businesses.

    “It’s recycling. It’s (being) stewards of the community, it’s fundraising for the schools,” she said.

    Boariu and Lewis said they are not discouraging residents from donating used clothes to charities of their choice, but the Clothes Bins model is one that results in a direct effect on the students and administration in that particular school.

    A lot of the clothes collected also go to impoverished areas of other countries, like the Dominican Republican and Uganda, where locals can sell the items in their own markets.

    “It’s going to third-world countries to marketplace vendors who are feeding their families off of reselling this stuff,” Lewis said.

    Clothes Bins has also previously gone into schools to promote the educational aspect of it to students, to show them how they can create business partnerships to help the earth and also provide jobs for families.

    BCSD schools use the funds they receive for different items. Hanahan High Principal Tom Gallus said his school puts it in its miscellaneous activity account and use it for supplies for staff and students.

    “If there is a student in need, we will use this account to supply them with supplies,” he said.

    Whitesville Elementary Principal Katie Taie said her school has been very happy with Clothes Bins. The school uses the funds to supplement field trip costs for parents, and for providing arts performances and enrichment activities for students. The PTO receives the funds and then provides financial support for those experiences.

    Whitesville reminds parents through social media and Blackboard to “clean out” their closets when school administration notices upcoming teacher requests.

    “Clothes Bin has benefited our school the most by allowing us to decrease the amount of money that we ask parents to spend for additional activities,” Taie said. “Over the past couple of years, we saw a substantial increase in the cost of buses for field experiences and needed to find a way to supplement that burden for our parents.”

    Sangaree Elementary Principal Tara Baker said the school has raised a little less than $100 and all funds right now are in the school’s business partner account. She plans to put out a blurb to remind families to provide textiles if they can.

    “We would love to raise more (money) to purchase additional personalized learning materials,” she said.

     

    Schools with a bin

    Berkeley Elementary

    Berkeley High

    Berkeley Middle

    Boulder Bluff Elementary

    Bowens Corner Elementary

    Cane Bay Elementary

    Cane Bay High

    Cane Bay Middle

    College Park Elementary

    College Park Middle

    Foxbank Elementary

    Goose Creek Elementary

    Goose Creek High

    Hanahan High

    Hanahan Middle

    Nexton Elementary

    Philip Simmons Elementary

    Philip Simmons High

    Philip Simmons Middle

    Sangaree Elementary

    Sangaree Middle

    Westview Elementary

    Whitesville Elementary

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  • The purpose of this site is to share information for parents to understand the different technologies being used for instruction as well as provide tips for troubleshooting when tech challenges arise.

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  • Wyatt Carhart and Ethan Wood share a lot of the same interests.

    They are good friends, and beyond being seniors at Hanahan High, they are both active in Seacoast Church, and previously knew each other through church and band (Wyatt still plays percussion in the school band). They are also on the varsity tennis team and enjoy participating in the school’s theater program.

    When they found out they were going to be featured on the district website, they called each other up and planned matching outfits: they both came into school the next day sporting the iconic “Vote for Pedro” shirt from the movie, “Napoleon Dynamite,” along with flannel button-downs, jeans and white high-top Converses.

    One big thing this duo has in common is they are both semifinalists for the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    This year the program selected 16,000 academically talented high school seniors from across the nation who will continue to compete for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.

    More than 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

    An announcement from the program states more than 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

    The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of the country’s high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

    Carhart and Wood’s next steps include submitting a detailed scholarship application, in which they include their academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay.

    Carhart and Wood both said they “absolutely” plan on applying to become Finalists. Carhart recognized that achieving Finalist status would greatly help them as they head off to college.

    “Schools also recognize that achievement and a lot of them have their own scholarships for it,” Carhart said.

    The program will begin announcing its 2021 winners in April.

    Carhart is hoping to go to the University of Southern California and study computer science. He is considering a career in software development. He named his mom as one of his biggest supporters.

    Wood is considering attending Clemson University’s Honor College to major in bio engineering.

    “I chose that because it opens a lot of windows (for careers) to go into,” he said. He is also considering Wofford College and Duke University. He wants to minor in theater; he named Hanahan High theater teacher Amy Rogers as one of his biggest supporters.

    Hanahan High Principal Tom Gallus said the school is extremely proud of Carhart and Wood.

    “This recognition is a credit to their hard work throughout their academic careers,” he said, adding credit should also be given to their elementary and middle school teachers, in addition to Hanahan High’s teachers and the students’ families. “I am very confident that they both will be successful professionals in the career fields that they choose.”

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