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Learning pathway update portal to close on Nov. 20

Published October 30, 2020

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.