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  • Called Board of Trustees Meeting Tonight (8/4)

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 8/4/2020

    Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees has scheduled a called board meeting and Executive Session tonight (8/4) at 5:00 pm. The purpose of the called meeting is to consider and approve an adjusted calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

    The Board meeting will be livestreamed via the District website at https://sc01916099.schoolwires.net/live and the recording of the meeting will be posted on that link at the meeting’s conclusion. The meeting's agenda is attached.

    Agenda

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  • Pre-Registration for the Dorchester School District Two Extended Day program for students in grades K-5 begins Tuesday, August 4th.

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 8/4/2020

    Extended Day/Wrap Around Care will be offered with our traditional and hybrid model as we return to school. Completing the pre-registration form will confirm your interest in attending our program but does not guarantee your acceptance. Space is limited to 150 students per site. Once you are accepted, registration fees and weekly payment can be made on-line. You will be notified within two weeks of your acceptance.

    Extended Day is offered to students enrolled in Dorchester School District Two School Based Instruction. School Based Instruction may include one of the three instructional models:

    Traditional- LOW RISK:
    - School Buildings Open. Students attend school five (5) days per week and receive face-to-face instruction. Preventative practices and health and safety guidelines will be followed.
    - Extended Day Open. Students attend after school until - 6:00pm

    Hybrid- MEDIUM RISK:
    - School Buildings Open. Students receive face-to-face, instruction two days/week (M/T or W/Th) & three days of eLearning at home. Preventative practices and health and safety guidelines will be followed.
    - Extended Day Open.
    AA Schedule open Monday and Tuesday, 1:40pm-6:00pm
    AA Schedule open Wednesday – Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm.
    BB Schedule open Wednesday and Thursday, 1:40pm-6:00pm
    BB Schedule open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 7:00am-6:00pm.

    eLearning - HIGH RISK:
    - School Buildings Closed for Students. Students receive eLearning at home until disease activity level allows a return to face-to-face or hybrid model. eLearning is the DDTwo instructional model used for COVID-19 and other emergencies. At a time when it is deemed safe, students will return to a physical classroom.
    - Extended Day Schedule to be determined.

    Click here to complete the Extended Day Pre-Registration Form

    We appreciate your interest in our program.

    Please contact your Extended Day Site Coordinator with questions.

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  • Online Registration for ALL RETURNING Students: Aug. 4-6

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/31/2020

    Online registration for all returning students for the upcoming school year will be August 4-6. The registration link and additional information can be found at ddtwo.org/2020.

    If you have not already done so, please set up a PowerSchool Parent Portal account at ddtwo.org/PS prior to registration. You may update your contact information in this account anytime during the school year.

    The online registration process for returning students connects each student to their school ensuring each family has access to their school’s resources, activities and regular communications. Registration includes the ability to pay the $20 registration and $20 technology fees. Families that need assistance with registration should contact their student’s school.

    Schools will inform families soon about the process for students to receive their electronic devices for use in the classroom and at home. The Back to School webpage has detailed information about the new student technology plan.

    For all of your back to school questions, please visit ddtwo.org/backtoschool to learn more about district announcements, PowerSchool Parent Portal & Registration, Instructional Models, Technology and Transportation.

    We look forward to the 2020-2021 school year and learning safely together.

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  • Summer Food Service Program Extended Until Aug. 31

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/29/2020

    Dorchester School District Two’s Summer Food Service Program has been extended until August 31, 2020.  This curbside program provides meals to all children, ages 18 and younger without charge. Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, on a first come, first serve basis. All meals will be served Monday through Friday between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. For more information, please call 843-695-4920. Site locations are listed below.

    Alston Bailey Elementary 820 West 5th North St., Summerville, SC

    Fort Dorchester High 8500 Patriot Blvd., Summerville, SC

    Flowertown Elementary 20 King Charles Circle, Summerville, SC

    Oakbrook Elementary 306 Old Fort Drive, Ladson, SC

    Summerville High 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville, SC

    William Reeves, Jr. Elementary 1003 Dubose School Rd., Summerville, SC

     

    In accordance with federal civil rights law and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, employees and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

    Persons with disabilities who require alternate means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or Local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA PROGRAM DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT FORM (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.

    Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

    1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Ave., SW
    Washington, DC 20250-9410;

    2. Fax: 202-690-7442; or

    3.Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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  • Technology Program to Provide Electronic Devices for Students

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/29/2020

    Dorchester School District Two will issue electronic devices to all students Kindergarten through 12th grade for the 2020-2021 school year prior to the start of school.   As a part of a comprehensive technology plan adopted in January 2020, students will receive individual electronic devices equipped with instructional software to support classroom instruction and eLearning at home. 

    Students will receive electronic devices as follows:

    • Kindergarten and 1st grade will have access to an iPad
    • 2nd grade will receive a HP Stream Windows Laptop
    • 3rd through 12th grade will be issued a Dell Latitude 3190 Windows Laptop

    Electronic devices will be equipped with the following:

    • Laptops are loaded with full windows operating systems
    • Devices have protective coverings and cords
    • All devices have personalized, instructional software and access to districtwide networks
    • Built in webcams are included
    • State of the art security and filtering software are on all devices

    Students will have access to technology support from school staff to ensure smooth operation of equipment.  A Technology Fee of $20 will be required of families for the electronic device issued to students for the 2020-2021 school year as a part of the registration process.

     

    Schools will inform families in August regarding the distribution procedure for the new devices.  In addition, parents/guardians and students will be provided with a Modern Learning Device Handbook and access to a video which outlines expectations for device use and procedures for appropriate use, care, and security.

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  • Online Registration for RETURNING Students: Aug. 4-6

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/28/2020

    Online registration for all returning students for the upcoming school year will be August 4, 5, 6.  The link to registration is on the district website at www.ddtwo.org/2020, along with other opening of school information. Extended day program information will also be available. Families that need assistance with registration should contact their child’s school.

    If you have not already done so, please set up a PowerSchool Parent Portal account at ddtwo.org/PS prior to registration.

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  • DD2 Face Covering Guidance for Students and Staff

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/27/2020

    COVID-19 spreads mainly from person to person through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, talks, or raises their voice. These droplets can land in the mouth or nose of people who are nearby or can possibly be inhaled into their lungs. Recent studies show that a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 may lack symptoms and that even those who eventually develop symptoms can transmit the virus to others before they show symptoms. To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings or masks in public settings when around people outside of their household.

    The spread of COVID-19 can be reduced when face coverings are used along with other preventative measures, including social distancing, frequent handwashing, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Social distancing will be attempted throughout DD2 to the fullest extent possible, however there may be some situations where this may be challenging for students and staff. Face coverings are required for staff and students. Individuals who wear a face covering or mask should follow these “Do’s & Don’ts” for proper use during the school and work day.

    Do:

    • Make sure your face covering checks all of these boxes:

       Fits snugly, but comfortably against the side of your face

       Is secure and covers your nose AND mouth

       Includes multiple layers of fabric

       Allows for breathing without restriction

       Is able to be laundered and dried without damage to shape (reusable cloth face coverings or masks only)

       Is routinely washed depending on the frequency of use (cloth face coverings/reusable masks only)

    • Use hand sanitizer or wash hands for 20 seconds before putting face covering on and after taking it off.

    • Replace your face covering if it is damp or wet.

    • Take breaks from wearing:

      o When working alone in a workspace (classroom, office, etc.) and no one else is present (staff)

      o When eating as long as social distancing of 6 feet from others is being maintained
      *Students should be seated at desks or tables 6 feet apart during meals and snack

      o When outside as long as social distancing of 6 feet from others is being maintained

      o When engaged in high intensity activities indoors (running, exercising, etc.)

    • Make sure the colored-side is facing outward and/or the metal piece is on top and pinched over the nose if using a medical grade mask to ensure the pleats are facing downward for proper use.

    • Practice masking at home to get comfortable wearing a face covering prior to returning to school and work.


    Don’t:

    • Touch your face or adjust the face covering on someone else’s face.

    • Share face coverings with others.

    • Touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing your face covering.

    • Wear your face covering under your nose, rested on your chin, forehead, or neck, or hanging off one ear.

    • Wear a loose or ill-fitting face covering.

    • Wear a surgical mask or respirator meant to be used by healthcare professionals.

    • Wear a face shield instead of a face covering or mask.

    • Continue to wear a face covering that has holes, rips or tears in it.

    • Continue to wear a face covering that is wet from condensation or sweat.

    • Remove your face covering to talk with someone.

    • Place face covering on children younger than 2 years of age, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the face cover without assistance.

    Revised – 7/31/2020

    Resources:
    Use of Cloth Face Coverings
    How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings
    Wash Cloth Face Coverings

    Printable PDF

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  • Health & Safety Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/27/2020

    Q: Will students be expected to wear a face covering at all times or just during transitions (hallways, getting on/off the bus, etc.)?
    A:
    At this time, students will be required to wear a face covering at all times throughout the day, including while on the bus and at their desk, except when eating or drinking.

    Q: What is an acceptable face covering?
    A: A face covering is a cloth, reusable face covering/mask or a disposable face covering. Face shields are not an acceptable substitute for face coverings at this time.

    Q: Will face coverings be provided to all students?
    A: Yes, all students will receive 2 cloth, reusable face coverings.

    Q: What if my student can’t wear a face covering due to their age or developmental needs?
    A: All students are expected to wear a face covering, but students who are unable to do so will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

    Q: What if my student has a medical reason that they cannot wear a face covering?
    A: Parents of students who cannot wear a face covering due to a valid medical concern should speak to their Principal and/or their School Nurse. Documentation from a healthcare provider will be required.

    Q: What can I do to help my student prepare to wear a face covering in school?
    A: Parents are encouraged to practice masking with their student at home and when out in public prior to the start of the school year to help students get more comfortable wearing a face covering and build up their tolerance for longer periods of time.

    Q: How will classrooms be spaced to allow for social distancing?
    A: Classrooms will be re-arranged to maintain a safe distance between students when seated to the fullest extent possible. In a hybrid model, class sizes will be reduced to allow for distancing between students when seated.

    Q: How will social distancing be handled on buses?
    A: In a hybrid model, bus capacity will be reduced to allow for social distancing to the fullest extent possible when students are seated on the bus. Students will have assigned seats on the bus.

    Q: What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
    A: The District will work with DHEC on a case-by-case basis to determine any action needed after any reported case, including, but not limited to, any notifications of parents/students and staff or any quarantine of impacted individuals.

    Q: If a student or staff member in my child’s class tests positive, will my child need to quarantine?
    A: Each individual situation is handled on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with DHEC. DHEC will determine who needs to quarantine based on level of contact with the positive individual. Not all individuals will need to quarantine.

    Q: If my student or someone in our household tests positive for COVID-19, who should I report that to?
    A: Students who test positive for COVID-19 or have exposure to someone who is positive for the virus, such as someone in their household, should be reported to their School Nurse as soon as possible. Students who are sick with symptoms of COVID-19 or awaiting testing for the virus should not report to school.

    Q: What metrics are being used to determine low, medium, and high disease level activity?
    A: DHEC provides county-level data about disease transmission to support decision making at the local level. We review the data they provide on a regular basis to determine our current risk level.

    Q: Will I still be allowed to visit my child's school?
    A: Visitors will still be allowed at all schools, but an appointment will be required. All visitors will be required to wear a face covering and will undergo a temperature screening prior to entry.


    Please note: This information is based on requirements at this time in accordance with guidelines from DHEC and the CDC. We will continue to monitor these recommendations and the level of disease activity to determine appropriate requirements for students as we move forward and hopefully, as conditions improve.

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    REVISED 7/31/20

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  • Board of Trustees Meeting: July 27

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/26/2020

    Join us tomorrow via livestream for the Board of Trustees meeting at 6:00 pm. The agenda is posted here and will be livestreamed at https://sc01916099.schoolwires.net/live

    Board of Trustees Agenda

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  • DDTwo Virtual Academy

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/22/2020

    In response to the needs of our community, Dorchester School District Two will offer a full-time Virtual Academy (DDTwoVA) for grades 5K-12. Whether you are looking for an alternative to the traditional classroom during these uncertain times or a way to balance other scheduling concerns, the dynamic learning experiences available through DDTwoVA offer a viable option to meet the needs of your student(s). As a full-time online public 5K-12th grade program, the DDTwoVA offers quality curriculum and instruction for all students enrolled in a Dorchester District Two school. It is important to note the following points about DDTwoVA:

    • There is no additional cost other than the regular school registration fee and the new technology fee.
    • Students must be enrolled in a DDTwo school.
    • Students may enroll including those with an IEP, 504, GT, Advanced Placement, Dual Credit, etc.
    • Students must attend live virtual (synchronous) classes on a daily basis with course specific certified teachers as well as scheduled personalized conferences.
    • Students must complete independent (asynchronous) activities and assignments as assigned.
    • Attendance will be taken for each class following state regulations.
    • Students will follow the DDTwo instructional calendar.
    • Students will participate in district, state, and national assessments.
    • Students may participate in after school extracurricular activities in the school where they are enrolled with parents providing transportation to and from after school events.
    • Fine Arts and other elective classes will be offered based on course requests.
    • Students will be taught by state certified teachers. Depending on course requests at the high school level, teachers outside of DDTwo may be used (Dual Credit, ECPI, VirtualSC, etc).
      Full-year commitment:
      o If a family requests a transfer back to a traditional instructional setting before or at the semester break (January), we will work for a mid-year transition, if appropriate space is available.
    • Parents/guardians must create a work environment at home for their child so they can successfully learn virtually.
      Parents/guardians will be required to maintain open communication with teachers and staff.

    Applying for enrollment in DDTwoVA is a two-step process. Once registration opens for 2020-2021, all new and returning students to Dorchester School District Two must also complete the online registration for their zoned school of residence at https://sc01916099.schoolwires.net/2020 in addition to completing the DDTwo Virtual Academy enrollment application. The DDTwoVA application process will remain open through Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and will be shared via social media and the district website. If you have additional questions, you can submit them at DDTwoVA@dorchester2.k12.sc.us.

    A list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and a link to the DDTwoVA enrollment application can be found on the DDTwo Virtual Academy website at https://sc01916099.schoolwires.net/VA.

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