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RNE: New Information as of 4/29: Schedules, e-Learning, Food Distribution, Chromebooks and WiFi Acce

4/29/2020

On  April 22, 2020, the Governor announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year. School districts will receive additional information from the S.C. Department of Education and from Governor McMaster’s official executive order to be issued next week. For now, here are some initial updates based on this latest announcement. Thank you for your continued flexibility and support during the school closure.

For Administrative Support, email your concerns to rnh-info@richland2.org.

For Teacher Support, email your concerns to the teacher directly.

Additionally, each teacher has virtual office hours. The office hours for teachers are as follows:

Morning: Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 10:30am

Afternoon: Monday - Friday, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

LIVE INSTRUCTIONAL TIMES

Teachers' live instructional sessions will be Mondays and Tuesdays starting April 20. The live instructional sessions will take place during the times outlined in the above A/B Daily Schedule. If you have any additional questions, please email the teacher directly.

Link to RNE School Counseling Department: http://rnhschoolcounseling.weebly.com/

SENIORS AND GRADUATION

As previously communicated, grades for seniors will be finalized by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Content/credit recovery for eligible seniors will take place between May 11-21.

Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis announced during the April 21 special called meeting of the Richland Two Board of Trustees that the district is forming a task force to come up with multiple viable options for graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. The group, headed by Assistant Superintendent Keith Price, will look for ways to have ceremonies in June or July if we can ensure social distancing as well as alternatives to a traditional ceremony. As a backup, the district has reserved the Colonial Life Arena for August 5-6, 2020.


E-LEARNING UPDATES

All students at RNE can access their e-learning work online using a personal device or using the district-issued Chromebooks. Teachers will continue emailing students directly and updating Google Classrooms with information on the e-learning work. Please have your child check their district email and Google classrooms regularly.

For assistance with Chromebooks during the closure, students should begin by reaching out to Mrs. Owens (RNE Technology & Learning Coach). Her email address is sowens@richland2.org.   Any chromebook needing repair will need to be taken to Longleaf Middle at 1160 Longreen Pkwy, Columbia, SC 29229.

Beginning on Monday, 5/4/2020, IT staff will be onsite at Longleaf Middle from 8am to 4pm weekdays to provide walk-in support for students who have damaged devices which need repair, or for limited general assistance. 

The repair locations at Dent and Polo will no longer be open after this Friday May 1.

Please be aware that our School Counselors and Administrative Team will be contacting the parents of students who have not submitted any e-learning assignments.

IB Students, please click on link to access message from the IBO regarding 2020 IB Examinations.  Please email Dr. Merriwether-Hawkins for questions regarding IB testing. shawkins@richland2.org

AP students, please click on link to access the Collage Board website  Email your AP teacher with questions about AP Exams.
 

THE LEARNING SERVICES SUPPORT TEAM (LSS) CONTACT INFORMATION

The Learning Services Support Team (LSS) is available to assist you. The LSS team is composed of School Counselors, School Nurse, School Psychologist, and School Social Worker. If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate person below.

School Counselors:

Mr. Patrick Blake (Students with last names beginning A - Da): pblake@richland2.org

Mrs. Tanya Amoako (Students with last names beginning De - Jam): tamoako@richland2.org

Mr. Cory Wright (Students with last names beginning Jan - Pa): cwright@richland2.org

Mr. Lonnie Brooks (Students with last names beginning Pe -To): lbrooks@richland2.org

Director, Dr. Yolanda Smith-Charlestin (Students with last names beginning Tr - Z): ysmith@richland2.org

School Nurse:

Nurse Lisa Peck- phone: lpeck@richland2.org

School Psychologist:

Mrs. Wanda Simmons: wsimmons@richland2.org

School Social Worker:

Mrs. Lutrica Pate: lpate@richland2.org


Free Meals For Students While Schools Closed

MEALS

Starting April 27, 2020, the district will resume distributing free meals for children Monday through Friday at school sites and community sites. This distribution schedule will continue through June 5.

MEAL DISTRIBUTION SCHEDULE STARTING APRIL 27

SCHOOL SITES

Monday through Friday, two free meals per child per day will be distributed from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the following school sites:

  • Bethel-Hanberry Elementary
  • Bridge Creek Elementary
  • Dent Middle
  • Joseph Keels Elementary
  • Killian Elementary
  • Longleaf Middle
  • LW Conder Elementary
  • North Springs Elementary
  • Polo Road Elementary
  • Pontiac Elementary
  • Rice Creek Elementary

Children do not have to attend one of these schools to receive free meals. Pick-up at these sites is open to all children age 18 and under living in Richland Two attendance zones regardless of the families' free/reduced-price meal status.

COMMUNITY SITES

Monday through Friday, two free meals per child per day will be distributed at the following community sites:

11:00-11:20 a.m.

InTown Suites (Two Notch Road)

Polo Estates

Spring Garden (formerly Hunters Way) Apartments

Parklane Apartments

Spears Creek MHP (Hacienda)

11:30-11:50 a.m.

Brookside Crossing

11:45 a.m.-12:05 p.m.

Regency Mobile Park

Freeway Trailer Park

The Chimneys at Brookfield

Charleswood Subdivision at the Jewish Community Center

12:00-12:20 p.m.

Springtree Apartments

12:30-12:45 p.m.

Greenbrier Apartments Building 8

12:45-1:00 p.m.

Greenbrier Apartments Building 22

Please click here if you have questions about accessing food and/or meal sites.


OUTDOOR WIFI ZONES

Richland Two now offers outdoor Wi-Fi zones for our students to connect to the Internet using their district-issued Chromebook or a personal device.

 

Supporting students during the school closure is the district's main focus right now. In addition to providing e-learning/remote learning content for students and meals for children, Richland Two administrators have been committed to helping families who do not have Internet access at home. District staff members have explored several possibilities over the past two weeks. As a result of some premier teamwork, wireless equipment has been installed outside of several schools. Now families can park their cars in the designated locations, connect to the Internet and access their students' e-learning assignments. The outdoor Wi-Fi zones will be accessible seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

Click here to access specific details on locations and directions for connecting your device.

 

 

Are you looking for information on how you can get Internet service at your home?

 

Please note Richland Two is only providing the following as information for our families, not as an endorsement the companies affiliated with the information.

 

Spectrum has a promotion running for households with K-12 students and/or college students that currently DO NOT have a Spectrum Internet account. These households can open a new account by calling 1-844-488-8395. As part of this new account, Spectrum will give free Internet access up to 100Mbps for 60 days, and will waive installation fees. After 60 days, the households will be charged for the service plus any applicable equipment rental fees and taxes.

 

Cell phones can be used as mobile Wi-Fi hotspots by contacting your service provider. Fees and service rates vary depending on your service providers.

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