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E-learning/remote learning & School Closure FAQs

We appreciate your continued support as we respond to the potential impact of COVID-19 on our school district and community. Below are some of your frequently asked questions.

We know that even while we provide regular updates, our parents, students and employees still have a lot of questions. Questions such as, will we have to make up these days, what about prom and what about graduation? Right now we don’t have all the answers but below we have posted response for questions that we can answer.


School Closure

How long will schools be closed? 
On March 24, 2020, the Governor announced that schools will be closed through April 30, 2020. This is a constantly changing situation that we are monitoring closely with guidance from the SC Department of Education, the Governor's Office and SC DHEC.

How do I get assistance during the closure?
Teacher office hours for assistance with e-learning/remote learning

All Richland Two teachers will have “office hours” Monday-Friday 9–10:30 a.m. and 2:30–4 p.m. During these times, teachers will be available to check and respond to emails. Parents and teachers can also arrange to talk via telephone or video chat during office hours.

Picking up items from schools
If your child needs an item for remote learning or e-learning that he or she left at school, please email one of your child’s teachers to make a request to come by the school to pick up the item. The teacher will share the request with a school administrator who will confirm a time and day for the parent or student to come by the school to pick-up the item(s). For assistance with picking up medicine, please email the school nurse at your child’s school. Click here to access the School Nurse Contact List.

Assistance with chromebooks
If a middle or high school student needs assistance with a Chromebook, the student should send an email to one of his/her teachers. The teacher will request assistance for the student through the school’s Technology Learning Coach. If a middle or high school student needs to pick up his/her Chromebook from school, the student can notify one of their teachers. The teacher will share the request with an administrator who will confirm a day and time for pick-up with the student/parent.

School closure hotline 
For all other urgent matters, please call 803-790-3100 and leave a voicemail message. The voicemail messages will be checked regularly Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 

What about my child's field trip?
On March 24, the Governor ordered South Carolina schools to remain closed through April 30, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). With the closure of schools, all student activities including field trips/studies, are canceled as the safety and well-being of our students and their families comes first.

We know that parents have questions about refunds for pre-paid travel expenses. In the near future we will be communicating information about how families can request refunds. Details about this process will be shared with families and posted to the Richland Two website. While we will do our best to work with the outside companies and businesses, please note the district cannot guarantee refunds from these sources.

We appreciate your continued flexibility, support and patience as we navigate the unique challenges our current closure situation has created. Most of all, thank you for supporting student learning along with all the other changes caused by this global health emergency.


E-Learning/Remote Learning

Will the elementary packets determine if students get promoted to the next grade?
Parents are encouraged to continue working with students on the assignments in the packet. The assignments are correlated with the South Carolina College and Career-Ready Standards and are designed to keep students on track for learning through April 9. The work also contributes to a routine and familiarity in the rapidly changing situation we all find ourselves in.

The district is preparing to transition students in Grades 2-5 to e-learning beginning April 20. If your child will need a district-issued Chromebook to complete e-learning assignments, we will be distributing Chromebooks April 1-3. Look for information to come before April 1 from your child’s school regarding the process for distribution.

April 1-3, students in grades Pre-K through 1st grades will receive new learning packets. Students will begin working on the new packet April 20.  Again, more information is to come about this.

The South Carolina Department of Education has pulled together a team of instructional leaders to figure out solutions so that the e-learning/remote learning will count toward the completion of this school year. Based on what has been shared with us so far, we do believe the e-learning/remote learning days will count.   In the coming weeks, we anticipate getting guidance from the state department so that we can update parents and students about grades including the final grades for the third nine weeks, grades for the fourth nine weeks as well as final grades for second semester and the school year. We will share this information with teachers, students and parents as soon as possible.

Visit our E-Learning/Remote Learning page for the latest information.


Meals

Will schools serve meals during the school closing?
Free meals (breakfast and lunch) for children up to age 18 are being distributed in pick-up lines at locations across the district. Click here to read the schedule that includes locations and times for meal pick-up

Make up Days

Will students have to make up missed days?
The South Carolina Department of Education has pulled together a team of instructional leaders to figure out solutions so that the e-learning/remote learning will count toward the completion of this school year. Based on what has been shared with us so far, we do believe the e-learning/remote learning days will count. In the coming weeks, we anticipate getting guidance from the state department so that we can update parents and students about grades including the final grades for the third nine weeks, grades for the fourth nine weeks as well as final grades for second semester and the school year. We will share this information with teachers, students and parents as soon as possible.

Spring Break

How will the school closures affect spring break?
Students and employees will observe Spring Break as previously planned. Students will observe Spring Break from April 10-17, 2020, and employees from April 13-17.


Graduation

Will the closures effect graduation dates?

For now, graduation is still on schedule. School closures have been extended through the end of April and graduation isn’t scheduled until June. Of course, this is scheduled to change depending on current health conditions in our state. We will be sure to keep all students and parents informed of any updates. 

State Testing

Will the school closures impact state testing?
On March 23, 2020 the SC Department of Education (SCDE) announced that its request for the assessment and accountability waiver has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education and is supported by the State Board of Education. 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 – 4-year-old kindergarten (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS Pre-K™), Individual Growth and Development Indicators (myIGDIs™), and Teaching Strategies® GOLD); and
  • Alternate Assessments – some students have already taken the alternate assessments. Districts will receive information for returning those materials.

In addition, exams for International Baccalaureate courses have been canceled by the vendor.
The SCDE is working closely with the vendors of the tests listed below to identify rescheduled testing dates and to explore innovative approaches (such as testing online), where possible. The SCDE will provide additional information as it becomes available.
Assessments include:

  • Grade 10 Pre-ACT, PSAT, and Aspire;
  • The ACT or SAT;
  • Advanced Placement and Cambridge International Exams; and
  • WIN Ready to Work.