UPDATE: WEEK OF JULY 6-10
This has been a busy week, with the district putting final touches on reopening plans that will be shared with families and the community during the week of July 13.
Lexington Two’s reopening plans will focus on two options -- a full-time virtual model and in-person instruction in our school buildings.
In advance of the detailed plan release, this week we shared an application for the new full-time Lexington Two Virtual Academy. Based on results from our family survey, we know that in these unprecedented times, some students and families will need a full-time online learning option where they will receive engaging, standards-based learning customized to meet their needs.
Find the Lexington Two Virtual Academy application and more information here: https://www.lex2.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=991523&type=d&pREC_ID=1970584 . Applications are due July 23.
We continue to consider health and safety guidance from a number of local, state and national sources. Several of those sources are included in links in my previously published updates, as well as in attachments included at the bottom of this story file.
Of late, there has been increased discussion about the importance of offering a model that includes face-to-face instruction. We invited our principals to the Innovation Center for an in-person meeting this week, breaking into workgroups to continue discussions about the safest and best practices for reopening school buildings.
We look forward to sharing more detailed reopening information with you next week. We will have new website pages for these reopening plans, so stay tuned for that information as well during the week of July 13.
We will continue to gather input and suggestions and make adjustments as needed. We are creating FAQs to anticipate some questions about our reopening options and will build on those as an information resource for our families and community.
Thank you for your support as we work to provide high quality instruction in the safest environment possible.
Dr. William B. James Jr.
UPDATE: WEEK OF JUNE 29-July 2
Lexington Two continues to work diligently on plans for the safe return of students and staff to school this fall.
This week, we completed our Lexington Two employee survey to get input on reopening schools. This follows our survey a couple of weeks ago with Lexington Two families. This information, along with feedback from a range of other stakeholders, will be key as we finalize plans.
Next week, we will launch a dedicated section on our district website to provide information about the district's re-entry plans, as details become available. We will share the link to that section next week. Information will be updated and shared with families online and through our websites, social media and automated communications systems.
We continue to monitor health and safety guidance from a variety of organizations, among them the CDC, DHEC, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the SC Department of Education, among others, to plan for the safest environment possible within our schools. Here are a few reports we’ve been reviewing this week, with links or attachments for you to view them, too:
- The American Academy of Pediatrics released its report, “Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry,” which includes recommendations about face coverings, social distancing (3 feet apart), good hygiene habits, teacher rotations and more. Find the report here: https://services.aap.org/en/pages/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-infections/clinical-guidance/covid-19-planning-considerations-return-to-in-person-education-in-schools/
Prisma Health Children’s Hospital-Midlands Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseasereleased a report, "Recommendations for the Safe Reopening of Public Schools K-12 in
the South Carolina." It is attached at the bottom of this story.
- AccelerateED final task force report, shared by the SC Department of Education: http://dedicationtoeducation.com/
- A recommendation in the task force report was the SC Department of Education working with SC DHEC on a metrics chart per 100,000 people for determining low, medium and high spread conditions of COVID-19 cases for district planning purposes. The most recent report of a 2-week window on these numbers is attached at the bottom of this story.
We expect to share reopening plans for Lexington Two families this month. Thank you for your continued patience and support as we work to provide high quality instruction in the safest environment possible.
Dr. William B. James Jr.
Summer athletics activities suspended out of an abundance of caution: https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1251642
Volunteer programs for fall session on hold: https://www.lex2.org/apps/news/article/1244985
Read Lexington Two's Considerations for Reopening Schools report presented to the Board of Trustees, attached below
UPDATE: WEEK OF JUNE 22-JUNE 26
Planning is well under way for the 2020-21 school year. COVID-19 is presenting a number of challenges, and our commitment to a safe learning environment for students and employees means school will look much different this fall.
(READ: Lexington Two's Considerations for Reopening Schools report, attached below)
Among topics we're discussing:
- Models for the school day, from traditional 5-day in-person instruction to blended 2-day in-person/3-day virtually, to a full-time virtual academy
- Accessible learning for all students, across all models
- Bus and car transportation and schedules
- Start/end times for the school day
- Increased cleaning protocols and safety equipment
- Modified classroom setups and operations to maximize social distancing
- “Traffic management” for front offices, cafeterias, libraries, hallways, and other multi-use areas
We are seeking feedback from stakeholders. We recently completed surveys with our families and employees. We will use this information -- along with guidance from CDC, DHEC and the Department of Education -- as we shape plans for the reopening of our schools. We expect to announce plans in July and will communicate with families through our schools, websites, social media and traditional media sources.
We will continue to monitor current and available data about COVID-19 as we look to the fall. Thank you for your support, and expect to hear more from us in coming weeks.
Dr. William B. James Jr.
June edition of district newsletter for employees: https://www.lex2.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1021984&type=d&pREC_ID=1332885