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.
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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.
Based on 2019 Impact Aid information, about 37 percent of active duty military families in the tri-county area are in Berkeley County School District.
Twenty-two percent of tri-county military families are in Marrington Elementary, Marrington Middle School of the Arts and Cane Bay Elementary.
A partnership has launched a new job position that will allow for a more seemless transition for military families who move to BCSD.
For the last five years Jenna Young has served as military family and life counselor (MFLC) for the Marrington schools – a position that was overseen by Strategic Resources Incorporated.
Young is now working under the Military Child Education Coalition, which has partnered with Berkeley County School District to create a new position called a Military Student Transition Consultant, which Young officially started Aug. 3.
The goal through her new role is to assist new military students who transition into the schools throughout the year: helping families with registration, getting new students to connect with other students in their grade level, and other tasks to help new students and families feel welcome as they start school.
She will now cover both Marrington schools as well as Cane Bay Elementary.
“I think it was just a good next step for me,” she said.
The Military Child Education Coalition oversees the new position. The company’s mission statement is “to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments, and family separation."
Young is originally from Arizona and moved out to South Carolina a few years ago. She studied psychology at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and received her Master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Abilene Christian University in Texas. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in South Carolina.
Young said aside from the military family transition piece, she enjoys running programs for the district, including four specific ones that she is excited to expand: a therapy dog program at Marrington Elementary; a Guys in Ties group for fourth and fifth-grade boys’ leadership development; a Kindness Coalition for third through fifth-grade girls who serve out random acts of kindness around the school; and a mentor program for rising sixth-graders at Marrington to reduce anxiety about heading to middle school.
Now that she has three schools to cover, Young is hopeful to do more with her programs.
“I’m super excited about that,” she said.
Young has a heart for children, and said finding ways to support children is a privilege – particularly military students.
“They teach me…on a daily basis just as much as I teach them,” she said. “After my first year I’m like, ‘This is it. This is what I’m supposed to be doing.’”
Young has been married to her husband, Casey, for six years. He is a firefighter for Mt. Pleasant. They have a 3-year-old daughter named Riley and a “very hyper” female Doberman named Eva.
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