Coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • Monday, March 30, 2020

    The Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center is offering a variety of mental health counseling services to address the challenges presented by COVID-19 including Telephone Counseling Sessions, Video Counseling Sessions, and Mental Health Emergencies. Do not hesitate to call if you need help!
    Dorchester Clinic: 843-873-5063
    Emergencies: 843-414-2350
    www.charlestondorchestermhc.org

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    Thursday, March 26, 2020

    As a result of the school closure ordered by Governor Henry McMaster through April 30th, Dorchester School District Two will continue to provide resources and support to our students and families.

    Additional distance learning packets are being prepared to ensure student learning continues. These materials will include instructional assignments and activities, and will be posted Wednesday, April 1st electronically via Clever, Microsoft Teams, teacher webpages, Blackboard and other technology platforms utilized by teachers. For families without electronic access, hard copies of the packets will be available for pick up on Thursday, April 2nd from 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at your child’s school. Additional information regarding pick-up specifics will be sent from your child’s school.

    At this time, we are not collecting hard copies of work completed in the first distance learning plans. This will provide additional time for all students to continue working with their teachers to complete work. Completed hard-copy assignments from the distance learning plans will be collected at a future date. This information, including specific details, will be communicated as we receive further guidance from the State Department of Education.

    Dorchester School District Two will observe the scheduled Spring Break April 13-17th. Teachers will not keep virtual office hours, and students are not expected to complete assignments during this break to allow a much- needed rest.

    It is important for parents/guardians to maintain communication with their child’s teachers. Dorchester School District Two will continue to provide information and updates regularly on school and district websites, social media, and through parent phone messages during this closure period. Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this unprecedented time.

    Update in Spanish:

    3-26 Update Spanish

     

     

    Tuesday, March 24, 2020

    DD2 Schools Closed Through April 30, 2020
    Governor McMaster has issued a joint statement with State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman extending the closure of schools in South Carolina through April 30th.  The Governor’s executive order regarding this closure extension will be released in the next few days.  In accordance with this order, Dorchester District Two schools will be closed through April 30th.  Below is the link to the press release regarding this announcement.

    http://governor.sc.gov/news/2020-03/joint-statement-gov-henry-mcmaster-sc-superintendent-education-molly-spearman

     

     

    Monday, March 23, 2020

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    U.S. Department of Education Approves South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver
     
    COLUMBIA, S.C. – State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman and the S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) have received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the agency's assessment and accountability suspension waiver that was submitted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
     
    "The suspension of South Carolina's student assessments will allow educators to focus on meeting the needs of students and relieve undue anxiety faced by parents and students," said State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman. "Our efforts must be concentrated on addressing this unprecedented public health pandemic. I appreciate Secretary DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education recognizing this and swiftly approving our waiver request."
     
    On March 17, 2020, Superintendent Spearman sent a letter to U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Education, Mick Zais, indicating South Carolina’s intent to suspend federally required assessments and giving notice of submitting additional accountability measure waivers. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released a form for states to request such waivers. The SCDE completed and submitted the waiver form on the same day, and the U.S. Department of Education reviewed and gave South Carolina approval to suspend assessments and waived certain accountability measures.
     
    For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:
     
    • SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8);
    • SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
    • End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
    • Prekindergarten assessments; and
    • Alternate Assessments
     
    The SCDE is working closely with the vendors of college entrance, college credit, and workforce readiness assessments to explore innovative approaches, such as testing online. To the extent possible, districts may administer these assessments to students who may need them for post-secondary or employment aspirations. These assessments include Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT, and WIN Ready to Work. Should these assessments be able to be administered, they will continue to be paid for by the state.

     

     

    Meal Pick Up

    Meal pick-up for students (18 and younger) will continue Monday - Friday (11am-1pm) at the designated school pick-up locations. By federal guidelines, you may only pick up food for your children and they must be present. If you are unable to get a meal for your child, please contact us at dorchesterdistrict2@gmail.com. Please explain your situation and provide a primary phone number for follow up.

    School Pick-Up Sites:

    Alston-Bailey Elementary: 820 West 5th North Street, Summerville, SC 29483

    Flowertown Elementary: 20 King Charles Circle, Summerville, SC 29485

    Fort Dorchester High: 8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29420

    Oakbrook Elementary: 306 Old Fort Drive, Ladson, SC 29456

    Spann Elementary: 901 John McKissick Way, Summerville, SC 29483

    William Reeves Elementary:1003 Dubose School Rd, Summerville, SC 29483

    Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary: 8600 William Moultrie Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420

     

    Thursday, March 19, 2020

    • By order of South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, Dorchester School District Two school's remain closed until March 31, 2020.

    • The March 23, 2020 meeting of the Board of Trustees has been cancelled.

    • ALL district and school EVENTS scheduled have been cancelled through April 13, 2020.

    • The State Department of Education has applied for several waivers including make-up days and other issues.

    • Stay tuned to this page or follow us on social media @TeamDDTwo for updates.

     

    Tuesday, March 17, 2020

    Dorchester School District Two will add another school site for student feeding program

    Beginning on Wednesday, March 18, Dorchester School District Two will add a seventh school site for the student feeding program at Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary School.  Students 18 years old and younger will receive a grab and go lunch along with the next day’s breakfast.  These meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday at the following sites:

    Alston-Bailey Elementary: 820 West 5th North Street, Summerville, SC 29483
     
    Flowertown Elementary: 20 King Charles Circle, Summerville, SC 29485
     
    Fort Dorchester High: 8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29420
     
    Oakbrook Elementary: 306 Old Fort Drive, Ladson, SC 29456
     
    Spann Elementary: 901 John McKissick Way, Summerville, SC 29483
     
    William Reeves Elementary:1003 Dubose School Rd, Summerville, SC 29483
     
    Windsor Hill Arts Infused Elementary: 8600 William Moultrie Drive, North Charleston, SC 29420
     
    Dorchester School District Two is working to provide resources and support to our students and families during this extended closure.  Please visit school and district websites and social media for regular updates and information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
     
     

    Monday, March 16, 2020

    As a result of school closures ordered by Governor Henry McMaster on March 15th, Dorchester School District Two will provide resources and support to our students and families during this extended closure to ensure learning continues and families are supported with resources.

    Learning packets that include instructional assignments and activities have been created by the instructional staff and classroom teachers to support the curriculum for each grade level and subject area.   These materials are posted electronically online on teacher webpages, Class Dojo, Remind and other technology platforms utilized by teachers.  If a family prefers, hard copies of the packets will be available in schools for pick up on Tuesday, March 17th from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  In addition, teachers will be available by email or phone each weekday to answer questions or offer support for students, if needed, at 10-11:00 a.m. and 2:00-3:00 p.m. 

    Beginning on Tuesday, March 17th, Dorchester School District Two will provide a grab and go lunch along with the next day’s breakfast at six school sites.  These schools are Alston-Bailey Elementary, Fort Dorchester High, Flowertown Elementary, Oakbrook Elementary, Spann Elementary, and Reeves Elementary.  These meals will be available for pick up between 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for any student, 18 and younger.

    Also, parents may pick up their student’s medications from the school nurse on Tuesday, March 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. following district protocol.

    School buildings will be closed to the public after 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th.  Dorchester School District Two will continue to provide information and updates regularly on school and district websites and through parent phone messages during this closure period.

     

    School Addresses for Grab & Go Meal Pick Up:

    Alston-Bailey Elementary: 820 West 5th North Street, Summerville, SC 29483

    Flowertown Elementary: 20 King Charles Circle, Summerville, SC 29485

    Fort Dorchester High: 8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29420

    Oakbrook Elementary: 306 Old Fort Drive, Ladson, SC 29456

    Spann Elementary: 901 John McKissick Way, Summerville, SC 29483

    William Reeves Elementary:1003 Dubose School Rd, Summerville, SC 29483

     

    Sunday, March 15, 2020

    Good afternoon Dorchester District Two parents and staff

    Governor McMaster announced during a 4:00 p.m. press conference today that he is ordering all South Carolina schools to be closed due to cases of the Coronavirus in our state. As a result of this order, schools in Dorchester School District Two will be closed beginning on Monday, March 16th through March 31st. This will include the cancellation of extended day programs and all extracurricular activities until further notice. Specific information on schools resuming operations will be communicated to families and staff in accordance with orders from the Governor.

    All Dorchester School District two employees should report to their schools or work sites on Monday, March 16, and Tuesday, March 17 for teacher workdays to prepare for the school closure. Regular work hours will be followed from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    In the next few days, schools will provide information to families regarding long distance learning plans and resources for students as well as food service for students who qualify during this extended closure. Over the course of the next few weeks Dorchester District Two will continue to communicate information and updates to families and staff through our websites and social media. The wellbeing of our families and employees is always a priority, particularly at this difficult time.

     

    March 13, 2020: Superintendent's Letter

    Dear Dorchester School District Two Family:

    Nothing is more important than the safety of our students, their families and our employees. We want to assure our families that Dorchester School District Two is diligently monitoring the developing situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are in constant communication with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Center of Disease Control (CDC). and the State Department of Education. I want to update our families on the planning that is taking place to prepare for any possible impact this evolving situation will have on our schools and our community.

    We are committed to providing our school family the most current and accurate information from DHEC, CDC, the State Department of Education, and Governor McMaster as decisions are made and updates are provided daily. We are also carefully following the guidelines for schools issued by DHEC. Please visit our district website at ddtwo.org as well as school websites for this information. Our webpages also include links to these agencies for useful information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We know that during a time such as this there are rumors and inaccurate information on social media. If you have questions about what you are seeing and hearing, please contact your child’s school or the district office (843) 873-2901.

    In a conference call today, updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) as it pertains to school operations was provided by the State Department of Education and the CDC. State Superintendent Molly Spearman reported that based on the current relatively low occurrence of community spread of the disease in South Carolina, CDC is not recommending closure of schools at this time. We anticipate additional direction and guidance to come forth from these agencies the first of next week which will immediately be shared with our school family.

    From the beginning of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States, our staff has focused on planning and preparing for a possible impact on our schools and on the safety of our students and staff. Department heads meet regularly to review updates on the situation and implement any necessary action that is needed. Our team of registered nurses in our schools assess illnesses of students, and monitor absenteeism which they report to our District Nursing Supervisor. Cleaning and disinfecting protocols by school custodial staff has been increased specific to Coronavirus (COVID-19). Curriculum staff has prepared instructional materials and lesson plans to provide teachers. In the event of school closures, students will be sent home with these educational resources and activities so learning can continue. The best response to any infectious virus is prevention. No additional precautions are recommended for the public at this time, beyond the simple daily precautions that everyone should always take steps to stop the spread of illness, including washing your hands, covering your cough, and appropriately disposing tissues and other items contaminated with respiratory droplets. We urge students and staff who are ill to stay at home.

    Thank you for helping us to keep our students healthy. Right now we are focused on preparedness to make sure in the event of an occurrence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our schools, we will have procedures and resources in place to keep everyone safe.

    Sincerely,

    Joseph R. Pye
    Superintendent

     

    DD2 Is Working in Partnership With DHEC & CDC

    Dorchester School District Two is continually monitoring information regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are carefully following the guidance for schools issued by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). This includes updates that were released on March 8th in conjunction with news of possible cases of the coronavirus in South Carolina. We work in partnership with the SC DHEC to monitor any emerging health concerns that may impact our schools and community. 

    While this is an evolving situation, we want to assure our parents and staff that the school district has been preparing and planning. District leadership meets regularly to review new information and any courses of action that might be necessary. In addition to following guidance from DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control, we are maintaining close communication with local planners and agencies along with the SC Department of Education on an ongoing basis to insure the safety of our students and community. The district will provide timely updates, recommendations and next steps if a case of coronavirus should be confirmed by DHEC among students, staff, or families.

    While this virus has not impacted our area, our district nurse coordinator receives regular updates from SC DHEC and the CDC which includes recommendations or guidelines as related to Coronavirus (COVID-19).  The registered nursing staff present in all district schools are reinforcing the preventative measures and practices included in DHEC recommendations for any respiratory illness including the flu:

    • Promote handwashing (should be done frequently for at least 20 seconds with SOAP and WATER) and/or use of alcohol-based hand rub
    • Remind students of respiratory etiquette (covering mouth and nose, discarding tissues when used, washing hands after using tissues
    • Communicate regularly that students and staff need to stay at home when ill and not return to school until they are symptom-free. DHEC has advised that MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians.  Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code Coronavirus (COVID19) and be screened without having to leave your home.  The CDC has also provided several fact sheets on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in English, Spanish and Chinese. 
    • Enforce regular cleaning and sanitizing of commonly touched surfaces. School custodial staff will continue to wipe down frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, table surfaces, water fountains, and bathrooms with disinfectants.

    In line with CDC guidance, DHEC does not recommend closing schools or canceling public events at this time. At the present time, upcoming field trips and activities in district schools are continuing. DHEC will monitor absentee rates in schools and businesses as well as reports of illness in the community to determine if or when closures may be recommended. DHEC also is providing updated recommendations to schools and day care facilities, colleges and universities, and organizers of large events. That updated information is publicly available at https://scdhec.gov/…/viru…/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19. DHEC continues to be in communication with state agencies and community partners.

    Below are listed helpful resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus symptoms, preventative measures, and up to date information from DHEC and CDC. Links to these resources can be found below.

    Other resources:

     

    What Is Dorchester School District Two Doing In Response To The Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

    At this time, we do not have any cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the Dorchester County community, but we are monitoring the situation as it evolves and working as a team to ensure that we are prepared in the event this should change.

    As a District we have taken a proactive approach to our planning and information-sharing. We are already doing many of the things recommended by the CDC, DHEC, and the State Department of Education.

    District leadership has met over the last week to discuss the situation and ensure that our entire school community has the resources and information necessary. This team will continue to meet regularly to monitor the situation and take any necessary action.

    We have been disseminating CDC and SC DHEC information as it is updated to our school-level administrators and our school nurses so that they have the best, most current information available when communicating with parents, staff, and students.

    We’ve also provided these resources on our website, including direct links to the CDC and DHEC for community reference.

    Across the board we have been encouraging the continued use of good hygiene practices like hand-washing and respiratory etiquette like covering coughs and sneezes to ensure that students and staff stay healthy.

    We’re also stressing the importance to students, parents, and staff members of staying home when sick and closely monitoring school absenteeism rates.

    We’ve been working with our Custodial Department to ensure that we have what we need to keep our schools clean and protected.  We have met with school custodial managers to review procedures with them and to provide information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Custodial staff is continuing the use of hospital-grade disinfectant as well as the cleaning of frequently touched surfaces like desks, door handles, and light switches.

    In the event of any suspected, presumptive, or confirmed cases in our community, we will rely on the support & guidance of DHEC as we do with all emerging health concerns, and they will ultimately be the ones who will determine what types of notifications we need to make, what types of closures may need to happen, and other actions necessary so we won’t be alone in that decision making.

    DHEC works in conjunction with the State Department of Education to announce all possible or confirmed cases and then make all recommendations to us moving forward.

    We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves and keep our entire school community informed of updates.