Sumter School District leaders on Wednesday presented plans for continued campus closures.
The day after Governor Henry McMaster announced plans to keep schools closed and online education until the end of April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, District Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox wrote an open letter to parents, students and staff regarding e-learning. , technological support, mental health and distribution of meals. She thanked for coming through the last 10 difficult days and for supporting the students as the roles of adults changed.
As the district enters its fourth quarter of the year, the content delivery schedule is undergoing change.
From Monday March 30, classes will take place from Monday to Thursday. Each Friday will be devoted to teacher planning and remedial work time for students.
“Please make sure your child is engaged in reading Monday through Friday,” Martin-Knox said.
Schools will communicate their modified schedules to families.
“While not the traditional face-to-face learning style, learning should be continuous and continuous,” she said.
Teachers have dedicated virtual office hours to maintain contact with their students.
Martin-Knox said the majority of students in the district have received Chromebooks.
Students and parents who need technical assistance can call (803) 469-6900, ext. 406, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. For assistance in Spanish, dial extension 211. If you experience a problem after 4:00 p.m. or during the weekend, send a short description of the problem and a callback number to [email protected]
Martin-Knox reminded parents and students that District-provided Chromebooks should only be used for educational purposes.
Students who violate this policy by accessing inappropriate content, reputable movies, video games, or inappropriate sites, compromise their ability to be authorized on the device. Chromebooks can be blocked or revoked, and every device has a tracking monitor.
Contact your child’s school if the Chromebook is misplaced or stolen.
Take care of your mental health
It’s a tough time for all of us, said Martin-Knox, and the district has set up a portal for students to ask for help.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential 24/7 support to anyone in distress. The hotline also offers prevention and crisis resources as well as best practices for professionals.
If you or someone you know needs emotional support, call 1-800-173-TALK or send TALK to 741741.
Distribution of meals
The district used data to estimate the number of students who collected meals at particular times of the day, which is used to determine how meals are distributed to students in the future.
Starting Monday, breakfast and lunch will be distributed throughout the community at the sites listed below.
There will no longer be an option to collect meals from schools, with the exception of the District Food Centers, which are Pocalla Springs, Sumter High, Crestwood High and Hillcrest Middle Elementary Schools, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Distribution from the Hillcrest hub
• Rembert Coalition Center – 10:00 am / Rembert Post Office – 11:00 am
• Catchall Center – 10:00 a.m. / Oakland Primary – 10:45 a.m. / Shaw Heights – 11:15 a.m.
• Windsor City – 10:00 a.m. / Hunter’s Crossing – 10:45 a.m.
• Mobile Homes Crescent – 10:00 am / American Mobile Homes – 10:45 am
• DeLaine Community Center – 10 a.m.
• Whispering Meadows – 10:00 a.m. / Annie & Bush – 10:30 a.m. / Lee Altman – 11:00 a.m.
• Frierson Mobile Homes – 10:00 am / Ebenezer Center – 10:45 am (van, no bus)
Distribution from the Pocalla hub
• Wedgefield Post Office – 10:15 am
• Pioneer Drive – 10:00 a.m. / Country Springs – 10:30 a.m. / Havenwood – 11:00 a.m. / Pearson – 11:20 a.m. / Timmerman – 11:35 a.m.
• New Bethel Church – 10:00 a.m. / A&J Mobile Homes – 10:30 a.m. / Pack Road – 11:00 a.m.
• Pinewood Community Center – 10:45 am / Manchester School – 11:15 am / Pinewood Gardens – 11:40 am (Van)
Distribution from the Crestwood hub
• Shiloh Community Center – 10:00 am / St. John’s School – 10:45 am
• Homestead – 10:00 am / Cotton Acres – 10:45 am / Cannery Road – 11:30 am
• Dillon Park – 10 am / Lantana Apts. – 10:45 am / Chestnut Point – 11:10 am
• Iris Winds – 10:00 am / Sherwood Forest – 10:30 am
• Salterstown Center – 10:00 am / Falcon Crest – 10:45 am
• Mary McLeod Bethune Library – 10:30 a.m. / Third Street – 11 a.m. (van)
Distribution from Sumter High hub
• North HOPE Center – 10:00 am / Trinity Baptist Church – 10:45 am (Poplar Square and Miller Apts will meet in Trinity)
• Birnie HOPE Center – 10:00 a.m. / Jehovah Center – 10:45 a.m.
• South HOPE Center – 10:00 a.m. / Lemira Elementary – 10:45 a.m.
• Crosswell Drive Elementary – 10:30 am / Harmony Court – 11 am (van)