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  • Reminder of Schedule for November 3rd Election Day

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/29/2020
     
    As you are aware, November 3rd Election Day has been designated as an eLearning day for all Dorchester District Two students and staff, including those enrolled in the Virtual Academy. It will also be a half day schedule. Students should log in through Microsoft Teams with their teachers for “live” instruction. Schools will provide more detailed information regarding your student’s schedule for the day.
     
    School buildings and district facilities will be open only for voting.
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  • Dorchester School District Two will remain on hybrid instruction model until November 6

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/27/2020

    Dorchester School District Two will follow the hybrid instruction model until November 6th. DHEC metrics information released on October 22nd for Dorchester County showed the following:
     Incidence rate--remained at medium level
     Trend in incidence rate--remained at high level since October 15th report
     Percent positive rate--slight increase of 0.2%, thus raising the rating to high levelThis data update shows the county is barely at a high level.

    Dorchester School District Two also monitors additional District-specific data of COVID-19 situations, including numbers of reported cases and quarantined students and staff. This comprehensive information provides specific data weekly that is used in making safe decisions in determining the appropriate instruction model. As additional information on COVID-19 continues to become available, district protocols and plans will be updated as necessary. We will continue to monitor not only what is happening in our county, but also within schools to identify patterns of a continuous rise or drop in disease activity that would result in a move in instruction models.

    Health and safety protocols of social distancing and other safety measures are followed in all schools and on school buses in accordance with DHEC guidelines.

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  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Mobile App Update

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/27/2020

    PowerSchool Parent Portal Mobile App Not Accessible

    PowerSchool has notified us that there is an issue accessing our PowerSchool Parent Portal app for both Android and iPhone users. PowerSchool support staff are working to resolve the issue.

    We apologize for this inconvenience.

    You may continue to access PowerSchool Parent Portal on a web browser: https://ddtwo.powerschool.com/public/pw.html

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  • 10-26-20 Disease Activity Announcement

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/26/2020

    Good evening DDTwo families and staff:

    Dorchester School District Two will continue in the School Based Hybrid Instructional Model through Friday, November 6th. In the October 22nd DHEC disease activity report, the percent positive rate showed a slight increase raising that metric from medium to high. This resulted in an overall rating of high for the county. 

    Dorchester School District Two will continue to monitor disease activity weekly in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. Please note that Virtual Academy students will follow their online learning schedules.

    We encourage families to visit www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool for information on district instructional models.

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  • Elementary Attendance Guidelines

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/22/2020

    ELEMENTARY ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

    Dorchester School District Two has released additional information on attendance guidelines for elementary students. This information is available here and also on the school website. 

    ATTENDANCE

    *The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) requires students to attend school for 50% of the instructional day (3 hours and 15 minutes) to be counted present.

    • If a student does not attend his/her face-to-face (F2F) session, he/she will be marked “absent.”  
    • If a student does not attend his/her eLearning session, he/she will be marked “absent.”
    • Students must attend F2F AND eLearning sessions to be marked “present.”
    • A student must be present for F2F instruction or log in for eLearning ON TIME (7:15 for morning or 11:00 for afternoon). If he/she does not, then the student will be marked “tardy.”   
    • If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a F2F or eLearning session (after 7:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.), he/she will be marked “absent.”
    • Virtual Academy students must also participate during instruction/log in for at least 3 hours and 15 minutes to be counted present.
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  • School Based Learning Model Announcement Call to Families and Staff

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/19/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening DDTwo families and staff:

    COVID-19 data metrics for Dorchester County released by DHEC on October 15th  show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate. Following the district disease monitoring plan, the district will continue on the School Based Hybrid Learning Model through October 30th.

    Virtual Academy students will follow their online learning schedules.   

    Dorchester School District Two will continue to monitor disease activity weekly in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

    We encourage families to visit ddtwo.org/backtoschool for additional information on district instructional models.

    Thank you and have a good evening.

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  • Call to Families: Revised Disease Monitoring Plan

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/13/2020

    Good evening Dorchester District Two families and staff

    District staff presented an update on school reopening models at the Oct. 12th School Board meeting.  This presentation is posted at www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool.  A revised Disease Monitoring Plan for determining instructional models based on DHEC disease activity reports is included (link to this schedule is attached)  DHEC now issues these reports on Thursday rather than Monday so decisions on instructional models based on level of disease activity will be announced on Mondays

    COVID-19 data metrics for our county released by DHEC on Oct. 8th show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate.  The district will continue the school-based hybrid instructional model on Monday, October 19th that now includes the modified plan of adding grades 3-5 to the half-day, 5-day elementary schedule.  As a reminder:

    • All elementary students (4K-5th grade) will attend the morning-Cohort A (7:15-10:00 a.m.) or afternoon, Cohort B (11:00-1:45 p.m.) sessions 5 days a week
    • Special needs students currently attending every day will continue on this schedule with no change

    Please note that middle and high schools will continue their current hybrid schedule with no changes at this time. 

    Virtual Academy students will not be impacted by this plan.

    The school district will continue to monitor the level of disease activity in our county for any shifts that may occur in the current metrics that would require changes in the learning models in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will make future announcements as needed.

    Schedule for Instructional Model Decisions

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  • Dorchester School District Two announces 3-5 grades will transition to half-day, 5 day schedule under the Hybrid Model starting October 19th

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/6/2020

    Spanish Version

    Dorchester School District Two has researched and examined possible options for flexibility within learning models as we transition to full time face-to-face instruction as quickly as is safe for students and staff. The decision has been made to include 3-5 grade students with the 4K-2 grades in the half-day, every day schedule under the Hybrid Model beginning on October 19th.

    In this plan, all elementary students (4K-5) will attend the morning or afternoon session, five days a week as follows:

    - Students in Cohort A will attend morning sessions, 7:15 – 10:00 a.m. five days a week
    - Students in Cohort B will attend afternoon sessions, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. five days a week
    - Special needs students currently attending every day will continue on this schedule with no change


    This schedule will allow schools to maintain required social distancing while providing consistent face-to-face instruction so critical for elementary students.


    A half-day schedule would not be an option for middle and high schools due to larger class sizes, and the scheduling issues with credited courses.

    Virtual Academy students will not be impacted by this plan.

    Please note: COVID-19 data metrics for Dorchester County released by DHEC on October 1st show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate. Following the district disease monitoring plan, the district will continue on the Hybrid Learning Model through October 16th.

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  • The Called Meeting by the Board of Trustees Has Been Postponed to Oct. 12th

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/3/2020

    The called meeting of the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees scheduled for Monday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed. 

    This is to allow continued monitoring of district COVID-19 data during the newly implemented hybrid phase.  The Board will discuss plans and proposals at the October 12, 2020 Board meeting.

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  • Curbside meal service at Ashley Ridge High School to be discontinued due to lack of participation

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/1/2020

     

    Dorchester School District Two will discontinue curbside meal pickup service at Ashley Ridge High School due to lack of participation beginning on Monday, October 5th

    Students can continue to receive meals at six other site locations as follows:

    • Alston Middle School 500 Bryan Street, Summerville
    • Eugene Sires Elementary, 301 Chandler Creek Rd., Summerville
    • Fort Dorchester High School, 8500 Patriot Blvd., N. Charleston
    • Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville
    • Oakbrook Middle School, 286 Old Fort Drive, Ladson
    • Dubose Middle School 1005 Dubose School Rd., Summerville

    Hours of curbside meal service are 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday.

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