• Dorchester Soil & Water Conservation District 2021 Photo Contest

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 9/21/2021

    Dorchester Soil & Water Conservation District 2021 Photo Contest is open to all students attending: public, private or home school in Dorchester County; grades 9 thru 12.

    Deadline for the 2021 photo contest is Friday, November 5th, 2021.

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  • Temporary Virtual Learning: Sept. 7-15

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 9/3/2021

    Dorchester District Two adopts a plan to move to a 7 day temporary virtual learning model

    With the growing number of COVID-related situations in our schools and the community, Dorchester District Two school operations are increasingly being impacted. The primary concern is for the health and safety of our students and staff. But also, the increased number of positive and quarantined employees has presented a challenge to safely and adequately staff positions critical to school operations.

    Therefore, the Dorchester School District Two School Board has adopted a plan to move to a district-wide temporary virtual learning model beginning Tuesday, Sept. 7th through Wednesday, Sept. 15th with classes resuming Thursday, Sept. 16th. Extracurricular activities, including athletic events and practices as well as extended day will also be suspended to protect the health of students and staff. This will allow a pause to enable many of the students and staff currently out of school due to COVID situations to safely return. In addition, deep cleaning will be performed in schools and on buses, and additional mitigation measures will be implemented.

    Your child’s school will provide important information on the daily instructional schedule and expectations for students during the temporary virtual learning period.

    Adjusted 2021-2022 Bell Schedule to begin on September 16th
    The School Board also approved an adjustment to the current bell schedule for start and ending times for the school day to help with bus schedules and to allow cleaning of buses between routes. The schedule will be as follows:
    • elementary: 7:15 am to 2:00 pm
    • middle schools: 8:30 am-3:00 pm
    • high schools, Givhans and Rollings Middle School of the Arts 9:30 am-4:00 pm
    This schedule will begin on Sept.16th when students return, and will be followed for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year. 

    Spanish Recorded Message

    Food Service for Students During Temporary Virtual Learning, Sept. 7-15
    Food service will be available for all students enrolled in Dorchester School District Two, including Virtual Academy students, during the temporary virtual learning (September 7-15, 2021) at no charge. Meal service will be as follows:

    • Breakfast and lunch for six days will be available for pick up on Wednesday, September 8th from 4 to 6 p.m. while supplies last

    • Pick-up will be curbside at 4 schools:
    1. Alston Middle 500 Bryan St., Summerville
    2. Dubose Middle 1005 DuBose School Rd., Summerville
    3. Fort Dorchester High 8500 Patriot Blvd., North Charleston
    4. Oakbrook Middle 286 Old Fort Dr., Ladson

    • At the time of pick-up, individuals will need to self-identify but will not be required to register or have a placard. It is unnecessary for students to be present for meal pick-up.

    Spanish Translation: Food Service for Students During Temporary Virtual Learning and Other Information.

    Technology
    Reminder that students needing assistance with technology questions should contact the Cantey help desk number at 843-896-0777. The hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Students can also contact technology support.

    Transportation
    The bus transportation department is working on schedule adjustments as a result of changes in the school bell schedules starting on September 16th. Bus schedule changes will be posted by the end of next week on the transportation page.

    Please visit the district website for regular information updates

    Download & Print:
    Virtual Learning: Food Service & Other Information

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  • Dorchester School District Two Announces GATEWAY Registration Plans

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 8/11/2021

    GATEWAY (Gifted and Talented Education with Artistic Youth) is a Dorchester School District Two fine arts program for artistically gifted students within the school district.

    GATEWAY offers DD2 students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to work with professional artists and district fine arts teachers in the areas of creative writing, dance, theater, visual art, vocal, and instrumental music. The program consists of multiple Super Saturday events during the school year and a summer workshop which concludes with an open house and festival.

    Please note that GATEWAY is not a Rollings Middle School of the Arts program. Participation in the GATEWAY program does not guarantee acceptance to RMSA.

    Auditions for the GATEWAY Program will be held on September 25, 2021. Students who have registered will be notified of auditions dates/times as soon as those become available. All students in grades 3 through 8 who currently reside in Dorchester School District Two attendance area are eligible for the program.

    Due to circumstances relating to Covid-19, we will be working to ensure the safety of all students before scheduling auditions, or the in person event. Registration is online at https://tinyurl.com/DD2GATEWAY2021App, or if you would like further information, please call the Gifted and Fine Arts Center at 843.832.5532.

    The deadline for registration is August 27, 2021 @ 11:59pm. 

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  • Dorchester School District Two statement on Legislative Proviso 1.108 on Face Coverings

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/13/2021

    In accordance with the state budget Proviso 1.108 recently passed by the South Carolina Legislature and effective immediately, Dorchester School District Two will no longer require that face coverings be worn by students or staff on district property or school buses. The wearing of face coverings by students and staff within district facilities and on school buses remains a recommendation of state and federal health officials and is strongly encouraged by the school district.

    The Board of Trustees will be reviewing and modifying current Board Policy ADD on Face Coverings to be in compliance with Proviso 1.108. All district health and safety measures related to COVID-19 will be updated, and will be incorporated in the district’s reopening of school plans for 2021-2022. These plans will be posted on the district web site following upcoming public input meetings.

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  • Facts & Fees 2021-2022

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 6/12/2021

    Dorchester School District Two has scheduled in person Facts & Fees at all schools for the upcoming year as follows:
    Tuesday, August 3, 2021
    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    Hours for both days
    7:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m.
    3:00 p.m. –7:00 p.m.

    Detailed information regarding registration and Facts & Fees will be sent to parents and staff before the end of school.

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  • Summer Meal Service 2021

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 6/11/2021

    Dorchester School District Two is participating in the Summer Food Service Program beginning June 21, 2021 and continuing through August 13, 2021 for face-to-face summer program participants. 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. District schools participating in face-to-face learning during summer programs will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge. For students not enrolled in face-to-face summer programs, breakfast and lunch meal packs will be provided curbside, on a first come, first serve basis, at the times and locations listed below. All children ages 18 and younger will be served at no charge on Thursdays beginning June 24, 2021 and ending July 29, 2021. For more information, please call 843-695-4920.

    • Alston Bailey Elementary School , 820 W. 5th N. Street, Summerville Thursdays from 4 pm – 6 pm
    • Fort Dorchester Elementary School, 5201 Old Glory Lane, Summerville Thursdays from 4 pm – 6 pm
    • Gregg Middle School, 500 Green Wave Blvd., Summerville Thursdays from 4 pm – 6 pm
    • Newington Elementary School, 10 King Charles Circle, Summerville Thursdays from 10 am – 12 Noon
    • Oakbrook Elem/Middle School, 306 Old Fort Dr., Ladson Thursdays from 10 am – 12 Noon
    • Sand Hill Elementary School, 324 Gnarly Oak Rd., Summerville Thursdays from 10 am – 12 Noon

    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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  • Last Week of School Reminders

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 6/10/2021

    Early Dismissal Schedule for Last Day of School for Students
    Wednesday, June 16, 2021
    Elementary Schools 11:00 a.m.
    Middle Schools 12:00 p.m.
    High Schools 1:00 p.m.
    Givhans Alternative Program
    Rollings Middle School of the Arts


    Food Service
    Last day for in school dining for the 2020-2021 school year will be Wednesday, June 16th, Breakfast and lunch service will be provided.

    Last day for curbside meal pick-up for the 2020 -2021 school year will be Tuesday, June 15th (3 days of meals, breakfast & lunch, will be distributed).

    The schedule for Summer Meal Service will be announced this week.

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  • Update on Face Covering Policy ADD

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 5/27/2021

    At the May 24th meeting of the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees, revised Board Policy ADD: Face Coverings was on the agenda for second reading having passed the first reading at the May 10th meeting. The original Policy ADD was adopted by the School Board in August 2020. The major revision of this policy is an update to the use of face coverings connected to student outdoor activities.

    In accordance with the Governor McMaster’s Executive Order 2021-23 issued on May 11th, the school district immediately implemented the mandated directive to allow the parent/guardian of a student to complete a consent waiver (standardized form created and distributed by DHEC) to opt out of any face covering requirement imposed by school districts. This directive to offer opt out waivers for wearing of face coverings does not apply to adults in schools. In addition, it does not apply to the wearing of face coverings on school buses as that is a federal directive.

    At this meeting, the School Board determined that at this time it was in the best interest of students and school operations to refer the revised Policy ADD back to the Board Policy Committee for a thorough review for future circumstances. Therefore, the current Policy ADD would be in effect as adopted in August 2020 for those students whose families have not completed the waiver to opt out of face covering requirements.

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  • New Middle School Under Construction in Beech Hill Area

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 5/17/2021

    Dorchester School District Two will open its seventh middle school in the Beech Hill area in August 2022. The school is located in one of the fastest growing areas of the district, and will alleviate overcrowding in several of the district’s middle schools.

    This New Middle School Fact Sheet will be updated regularly as future decisions are made regarding the new school.

     

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  • Proposed Revisions to Board Policy ADD Face Coverings

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 5/11/2021

    Proposed revisions to Board Policy ADD Face Coverings had First Reading at the May 10, 2021 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

    The Second Reading will be at the May 24, 2021 Board meeting. 

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