To Families in Anderson One: Coronavirus Memo
March 15, 2020
Dear Anderson School District One Parents,
As you are aware, Governor McMaster has closed all schools in South Carolina because of the continuing health concerns of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Anderson One will be closed from Monday, March16, 2020, through at least Tuesday, March 31, 2020. At the earliest, students will return to school on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. As the District prepares lessons for students, if your student’s device is at school, please plan to pick it up on Monday to be prepared for eLearning on Tuesday. In addition, parents should pick up needed student medication from the school as soon as possible. Our nurses will be available on Monday, March 16, 2020, to distribute student medications to parents. We will have limited staff available at each school and the District Office (847-7344) during the closure.
eLearning lessons for students will begin on Tuesday, March 17.
Please keep in mind that Friday, March 20, 2020, and Monday, March 23, 2020, were already scheduled as student holidays, and we will not conduct eLearning on those days.
During the closure, the following are in effect:
• No sports practice or games;
• No extracurricular activities (including but not limited to plays, concerts, Spring Sing, parent meetings, and all other activities);
• No Anderson County Career and Technology Center classes;
• No after-school child care in Anderson One schools including GoalPost and YMCA;
• Students enrolled in Dual Credit classes that meet on Anderson One’s campuses will follow Tri-County Technical College’s directions. These classes will not meet on Anderson One’s campuses during the closure;
• No Renaissance Academy (Alternative School) classes;
• All field trips scheduled during these times will be cancelled or rescheduled. At a later date individual schools will notify parents of additional information;
• Middle School and High School CAPS conferences scheduled for March 20, 2020, will be cancelled and rescheduled for a later date;
• The District’s facilities will not be rented or used during this closure for any purpose.
These are extraordinary times with unprecedented actions. I am certain that South Carolina’s leaders have been very deliberate and thoughtful in doing what they feel necessary to protect the well-being of the citizens of South Carolina. As a member of the Anderson One community, we will get through this together. The District is dedicated to ensuring that parents are informed and that student instruction and learning continues while school is closed. As you are aware, we had a very successful eLearning day in February. While similar techniques will be used for the current closure, the District will also incorporate some new methods of instructional delivery. Your child’s teacher will provide instructions on how to continue eLearning objectives.
We realize the huge inconvenience this is on the lives of families in Anderson One. To help with this process, the District will begin distributing school breakfast and lunch on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at limited sites. Breakfast and lunch will be bagged and distributed in the car line on Monday-Friday during the school closure. We will send the site locations as soon as possible. Breakfast will be distributed from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. and lunch will be distributed between11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. In addition, parents will be able to call each school or the District Office (864-847-7344) for assistance from 7:30a.m.-3:30 p.m. during the week days.
The CDC and public health officials are continuing to share guidance for the general public to practice "social distancing" which they have described as "all individuals should limit community movement and adapt to disruptions in routine activities." The CDC also says, "social distancing means remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible." Please be mindful and take precautions daily. These measures and overall good hygiene practices will help mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The purpose of closing schools is to help prevent the spread of the virus. Although school closures might seem like a good time to meet up with friends to study together, Anderson School District One urges students to do their coursework alone or through electronic means.
Anderson School District One will continue to communicate with our families as we receive pertinent information. Thank you in advance for your ongoing patience and understanding as we continue to work through this difficult situation. We will get through this together as a community.
G. Robert Binnicker
To families in Anderson One
We realize there is a great concern about the Coronavirus (COVID19). The district officials have been in meetings most of the day with DHEC, CDC, Emergency Management and the SC Department of Education. As of this afternoon there were no confirmed cases in Anderson County or Anderson One. Following the agencies recommendations, all schools in Anderson One will remain open at this time.
Two school districts, Lancaster and Kershaw, have been closed by the Governor due to evidence of community spread of the Coronavirus.
If in the future it is recommended that we close schools, students would have access to eLearning. Our plan was approved by the state today and our district is well prepared for continued learning.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we work through the disruption of various schedule changes.
Please follow us on social media and our district webpage for updates.