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Reopening Schools

Check this page often for information about reopening schools for the 2020-2021 school year.

July 1 Update

Richland Two parents and students were emailed a survey about reopening schools. An employee survey will be sent out no later than July 6. The surveys will close on July 12. Below are definitions of the educational models discussed in the survey.

Richland Two Virtual School
The Richland Two Virtual School (R2eSchool) will serve students in kindergarten through 12th grade as a comprehensive schooling option. Families who choose to attend R2eSchool will maintain their stay for the length of the 2020-2021 school year. For the 2021-2022 school year and beyond, families can choose to stay e-students or they may transfer their enrollment back to their zoned school.

Instruction in the R2eSchool will be delivered by highly qualified Richland Two educators who, like many of you, found success and want to continue in an eLearning environment. Students in the program will adhere to South Carolina and Richland Two academic standards. Additionally, students will have the opportunity for proficiency based learning opportunities through personalized instructional modules. Students will be provided a device and families are responsible for providing Internet access and a supportive eLearning environment at home.

School Based eLearning
Students participate in eLearning five days a week with teachers from their zoned/choice school. Richland Two teachers have undergone significant training and development in eLearning techniques and strategies over the summer so students and parents can expect an effective and organized approach to new learning, assignments, and assessments.

Because this is not an urgent and rapid deployment of eLearning like we experienced in the spring, families should expect a full return to mandatory attendance in the eLearning sessions and grading policies as established by the South Carolina Department of Education Uniform Grading Policies and Richland Two expectations.

School Based Hybrid
This option incorporates in-person learning at a physical school or district site and also includes an eLearning component. Students report to school two days a week and participate in eLearning three days a week. Specific details on what days students report to school and what days they participate in eLearning will be determined as the plans are finalized. Federal, state, and local guidance will be followed as it relates to physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE) and other health concerns at each school and site.

Classroom Community -- Elementary schools only
Students come to schools five days a week and are organized in “classroom communities.” Each “classroom community” stays together primarily in one location during the school day including meals. Federal, state, and local guidance will be followed as it relates to physical distancing, PPE and other health concerns at each school and site.

June 30 Update

Dr. James Ann Sheley, assistant superintendent and Reopening Schools Task Force chair, presented an update on the task force's work toward the safe return of Richland Two students and employees for the 2020-2021 school year.

Dr. Sheley's presentation begins at 56:56.

Read the school board update here.
Read the (detailed) school board packet here.

June 29 Update

The start of athletics and band practices has been delayed due to the increase in COVID-19 cases. Practices will not begin on June 29.

June 15 Update

The Reopening Schools Task Force is charged with assessing the potential challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic in order to make recommendations for the safe return of Richland Two students and employees for the 2020-2021 school year.

Learn more about the Task Force here.

Next steps

Parents, students and staff are encouraged to respond to a survey about the 2020-2021 school year that will be emailed by July 6.