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School Closure and Coronavirus Info

MARCH 24, 2020 UPDATE

Today, March 24, 2020, the Governor announced that schools will be closed through April 30, 2020. District officials and school leaders have been preparing for this possibility and are reaching out to you to share the updates below. Remember that the homepage of our website, www.richland2.org, provides quick access to information we have released since the closure started.

Thank you for your continued flexibility, support and patience during the school closure. Most of all, thank you for supporting student learning while juggling all the other changes caused by this global health emergency. Together we will continue to prepare our students to lead and excel in their chosen pathways.

Elementary Students E-learning/remote learning updates

  1. The remote learning packets distributed last week contain enough work for students to last through  April 9.  
  2. 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. 
  3. By April 9, 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.


Middle & High School E-Learning
Middle and high school students will continue with e-learning.

All Students
We are awaiting guidance from the S.C. Department of Education regarding introducing new content via e-learning and grades.

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.

Meals
We will continue to provide free bag breakfasts and lunches to children 18 and under Monday through Friday. 

Click here to view the current schedule for distribution

Click here to find the closest distribution to your home address.


MARCH 19, 2020 UPDATE

TEACHER OFFICE HOURS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH E-LEARNING/REMOTE LEARNING

While we are out, 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 AT 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).

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, elementary students do not need to come to the school to pick up a Chromebook. Only middle and high school students need Chromebooks for e-learning.

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.

FREE MEAL DISTRIBUTION FOR MARCH 23-27

Click here for Meal Info for the week of March 23-27
 

MARCH 15, 2020 UPDATE

By order of the Governor of South Carolina, Richland Two is canceling school for students starting March 16, 2020, through March 31, 2020. With the closure of schools, all student activities including athletics, are canceled from March 16-March 31.
 
Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron R. Davis said, “Our district remains committed to supporting our students and their families through this uncertain and constantly evolving situation. We appreciate everyone's flexibility and understanding.”
 
While school is closed, free bag breakfasts and lunches for children up to age 18 will be made available. The meals will be distributed through pick-up lines outside of the school buildings at the following locations: Bridge Creek Elementary, Dent Middle, Joseph Keels Elementary, Killian Elementary, Longleaf Middle, North Springs Elementary, Polo Road Elementary and Rice Creek Elementary. In the effort to support social-distancing practices, the meals cannot be consumed on site.
 
More information regarding plans for student e-learning/remote learning will be announced later this week. Employees will receive additional information regarding their work schedules via email later today, Sunday, March 15. In addition to communicating regularly with families and employees via our mass communication system, official updates will be posted on this website.

Estimadas familias de Richland Dos,
 
Por orden del Gobernador de Carolina del Sur las escuelas están canceladas para todos los estudiantes de Richland Dos empezando el 16 de marzo, 2020 hasta el 31 de marzo, 2020. Con la clausura de las escuelas, todas las actividades estudiantiles, incluyendo las deportivas están canceladas desde el 16 de marzo al 31 de marzo.
 
El Superintendente de Richland Dos, el Dr. Baron R. Davis declara que “Nuestro distrito permanece comprometido al apoyo de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias a lo largo de esta situación incierta y cambiante. Apreciamos la flexibilidad y comprensión de todos”
 
Mientras la escuela está cancelada, estarán disponibles bolsas de desayuno y almuerzo para los niños hasta los 18 años. Las comidas serán distribuidas a través de las líneas para recoger alimentos fuera de los edificios de la escuelas en los siguientes lugares: : Bridge Creek Elementary, Dent Middle, Joseph Keels Elementary, Killian Elementary, Longleaf Middle, North Springs Elementary, Polo Road Elementary y Rice Creek Elementary. Los desayunos se distribuirán entre las 7 y las 9:00 am y los almuerzos entre las 11:00 am y la 1:00 pm. En un esfuerzo por apoyar el distanciamiento o contacto social, los alimentos no se podrán consumir allí mismo.
 
Más información concerniente a los planes para el aprendizaje en línea/electrónico  o de manera remota se anunciará después durante esta semana. Los empleados recibirán información adicional hoy domingo 15 de marzo  respecto a sus horarios de trabajo vía correo electrónico más tarde. Además de comunicarnos regularmente con las familias y empleados vía nuestro sistema masivo de comunicación, se publicarán anuncios oficiales en el sitio web del distrito.


MARCH 13, 2020 UPDATE

Click here to read the complete update from Dr. Davis.

TRAVEL

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Spring Break, all student and staff travel will be canceled or postponed. This includes all student field trips and field studies regardless of the destination. Staff travel within the district is not impacted.

SPECIAL EVENTS, EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Spring Break, all public events at our schools and centers, except for high school athletic events, will be canceled or postponed. The South Carolina High School League has not made recommendations regarding athletics at this time. Therefore until further notice the high school athletic events will continue as scheduled. Examples of public events include concerts, plays, performances and other events that are open to parents and other guests and have the potential to attract large crowds in confined spaces. 
After-school care and after-school tutoring conducted by school/district staff, such as the 21st Century Program, will continue as normal. However, after-school extracurricular activities conducted by outside vendors will be canceled through Spring Break. An example of this type of activity might be golf classes by a local golf instructor. These typically are held at our elementary and middle schools one day a week for a designated number of weeks. The intent of this restriction is to limit exposure at our schools.


VISITORS

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Spring Break, school visitors will be limited to parents/guardians and designated emergency contacts. School access for parents/guardians will be limited to the front office area. As a precaution, visitors will not be allowed into classrooms, media centers and cafeterias. Events planned for students from Monday, March 16, 2020, through Spring Break that involve outside guest speakers will be canceled or postponed. Parent conferences will continue.


USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES BY OUTSIDE GROUP

Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Spring Break, outside groups will not be able to use/rent school facilities.
 

MARCH 12, 2020 UPDATE
Richland Two administrators continue to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and assess potential impact on schools. Our district’s lead nurse receives regular updates from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Baron R. Davis, superintendent, other district administrators and the lead nurse are meeting regularly to review the latest recommendations from state and national health officials. The following information regarding the district’s response is based on current recommendations. Due to the rapidly changing situation, the district’s response is subject to change. Updates will be provided in a timely manner.
 

PREVENTION

Since it is flu season, we already had many preventative measures in place. Those measures include monitoring numbers of illnesses in our schools and following the district’s Infection Control Plan. In addition to regular cleaning, custodians are wiping down touch points throughout the day. During the school holiday on March 13, 2020, they will perform a deep cleaning of all schools. We continue to remind students, employees and parents about the importance of washing your hands, covering your cough and staying home if you are sick.  


POSSIBILITY OF CLOSURE

The decision to close schools due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) would be made under direct guidance from the DHEC and the South Carolina Department of Education. At this time, there is no advisory to close schools in South Carolina.
 
 

FIELD STUDIES, FIELD TRIPS, STAFF TRAVEL

At this time, the CDC has not issued any travel restrictions for travel within the United States and does not recommend canceling or postponing travel within the United States. Click here to access travel advisory information on the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
 
As a precaution, we are currently reviewing all upcoming field studies, field trips and staff travel to determine the best course of action regarding possible cancellations or postponements. Richland Two will honor a parent’s right to limit their children's participation in field trips due to safety concerns. Richland Two cannot guarantee refunds on prepaid travel expenses.

In an effort to support social-distancing prevention measures, non-essential district-level events have been canceled or postponed through Spring Break. This includes the Parent Advisory Council meeting, Premier 100 Conference, District Fine Arts Celebration and the Faculty Advisory Council. We are currently taking an inventory of public events at schools to determine the best course of action for those events.


RESOURCES

Click here to visit DHEC regularly updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage

Click here for DHEC Coronavirus (COVID-19) educational & outreach materials

Click here for Guidance for Schools and Out-of-Home Child Care Centers.




MARCH 9, 2020 UPDATE

Richland Two wants to do all we can to help our students, employees and parents during this time of uncertainty as the Coronavirus remains a cause for concern. Our children are undoubtedly hearing lots of information about the Coronavirus, which can be alarming and scary for them. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information on how to help children cope with the stress during the Coronavirus outbreak. Click on the image to the right to review this flyer from WHO.

In addition to remaining calm, prevention must remain a major focus for all of us. The following steps go a long way in preventing the spread of respiratory viruses like the flu and Coronavirus. 
  • Frequently wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. 
  • Cough/sneeze into your sleeve (elbow) or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as door handles. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when ill. This includes symptoms such as fever, cough/difficulty breathing and/or intestinal problems. Stay home at least 24 hours after you are fever free. 

Staying informed helps all of us as well. Richland Two works in partnership with DHEC to monitor emerging health concerns that may impact our schools. As such, we are following the Coronavirus (COVIS-19) situation closely, and the district's lead nurse receives regular updates from DHEC and the CDC.  

Click here to visit DHEC regularly updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage
Click here for DHEC Coronavirus (COVID-19) educational & outreach materials
Click here for Guidance for Schools and Out-of-Home Child Care Centers.
 
Dos de Richland quiere hacer todo lo posible para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes, empleados y padres durante este tiempo de incertidumbre como el coronavirus sigue siendo un motivo de preocupación.

Nuestros niños son, sin duda, escuchando un montón de información sobre el coronavirus, que puede ser alarmante y aterrador para ellos. La Organización Mundial de la Salud (OMS) ha publicado información sobre cómo ayudar a los niños a lidiar con el estrés durante el brote de coronavirus.

Además de mantener la calma, la prevención debe seguir siendo un foco importante para todos nosotros. Los siguientes pasos ayudan en gran medida a prevenir la propagación de virus respiratorios como la gripe y el coronavirus.
  • Lávese las manos con frecuencia durante al menos 20 segundos con agua y jabón. 
  • Si no hay agua y jabón disponibles, use un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol con al menos 60 por ciento de alcohol. 
  • Tosa / estornude en la manga (codo) o un pañuelo desechable, luego tire el pañuelo a la basura y lávese las manos. 
  • Limpie y desinfecte objetos y superficies que se tocan con frecuencia, como las manijas de las puertas. 
  • Evite tocarse los ojos, la nariz y la boca.
  • Permanezca en casa cuando esté enfermo.
  • Esto incluye síntomas como fiebre, tos / dificultad para respirar y / o problemas intestinales. Quédese en casa al menos 24 horas después de que no tenga fiebre. 


Mantenerse informados nos ayuda a todos. Como dijimos en nuestra primer artículo sobre el coronavirus, Richland Dos trabaja en colaboración con el Departamento de Salud y control Ambiental (DHEC) -Midlands Región de Carolina del Sur para controlar los problemas de salud emergentes que pueden afectar nuestras escuelas.   


Haga clic aquí para obtener materiales educativos y de divulgación de SCDHEC (COVID-19)

Flu (Gripe)

It is important to remember that we are still seeing cases of the flu in our area. To help prevent the spread of the flu, students must stay home if they have a fever (100ºF or higher) until the fever has resolved without the use of medicines for a duration of 24 hours. Other preventative measures include covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or upper sleeve when you cough or sneeze and washing hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub.

Es importante recordar que todavía estamos viendo casos de gripe en nuestra área. Para ayudar a prevenir la propagación de la gripe, los estudiantes deben quedarse en casa si tienen fiebre (100ºF o más) hasta que la fiebre haya desaparecido sin el uso de medicamentos por un período de 24 horas. Otras medidas preventivas incluyen cubrirse la nariz y la boca con un pañuelo de papel o la manga superior cuando tose o estornuda y lavarse las manos con agua y jabón o un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.