NOTE: A Spanish language version of this information is included below.
WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Under order of South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Lexington Two schools and administrative offices are now closed through at least the end of April as a step to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The district is now using our eLearning program, which allows students to continue their lessons remotely.
Extracurricular activities, athletics practices and games, after-school and child care programs, adult education, field trips and all other events are canceled until further notice. There will be no staff or student travel during this time.
The governor extended the closing in an announcement on Tuesday, March 24. Here is the statement, made in conjunction with the SC Department of Education:
“At this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”
Employees are receiving information through their schools. Below are other important details for families.
- We are using eLearning to continue remote lessons with students. As a reminder, there are eLearning resources posted on our district website, www.lex2.org, and you may receive additional information from your child’s school. If you are having tech issues, our help desk is open 9am-4:30pm Monday-Friday: (803) 603-3712.
- For families without internet access, Spectrum is offering free 60-day internet service for a limited time to help K-12 students affected by coronavirus school closures. Call (844) 488-8395. We also have Wi-Fi buses going into the community, along with other suggestions to get Wi-Fi listed here: bit.ly/2WiHebP
- Please know that students will have ample time to turn in assignments for credit, and to be counted present, once they return to school. However, it is important for parents to emphasize to children the need to keep up with the work each day, or they will get too far behind. Students will have the opportunity to get all necessary work for promotion and/or graduation.
- Students who have a Section 504 Accommodations Plan will receive accommodations as applicable.
- Lexington Two also will provide breakfasts and lunches during the coronavirus school closure to any child 18 and under who needs one (child must be present to pick up meals). We have four school sites open 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday-Friday, as well as buses that deliver along select routes in the district. The full schedule is listed here: bit.ly/2vovREf .
The regular schedule of meetings for the Board of Trustees is expected to continue as outlined in board policy, on the third Thursday monthly. The Board is temporarily suspending all recognitions and public comment/participation during meetings until further notice, to keep students, employees and community members safe. We also are allowing non-essential staff and cabinet members to submit written reports rather than appear in person, as an option. Board meetings during school closures are open/public, but may be offered by teleconferencing, video-conferencing, live-stream or other electronic method. Announcements will include such details.
The safety of our students, families and employees is our top priority. We will have additional information to share in coming days, so please look for communications from your schools, websites and social media. This is uncharted territory for us -- students, families, teachers, staff, administrators -- and we will get through it all together.
NOTE: A Spanish-language translation of this letter is attached here.
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