Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning to Continue
Posted on 02/23/2021

Update:

Dear Parents, 

We are proud to announce that a large percentage of Edgefield County School District teachers and staff have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine due to the successful implementation of an optional vaccine clinic for ECSD employees.
 
Upon learning that teachers in South Carolina were eligible for the vaccine, ECSD scheduled a vaccine clinic at Johnston-Edgefield-Trenton Middle School. The vaccination clinic, which was optional for teachers and staff, began on March 10th. Second doses will be given on March 31, five days before the start of Spring Break, April 5-9. Following Spring Break, the school district anticipates returning to school (K-12) five days a week and remaining in school five days a week due to a large percentage of staff being fully vaccinated.  We will also continue to provide Full Remote learning for students/parents that prefer that option. 
 
The high number of teachers and staff in quarantine has been our biggest obstacle in remaining open five days a week; however, with many teachers and staff receiving the COVID-19 vaccine at the school district’s clinic, possible staff shortages caused by quarantine should no longer be an obstacle preventing students from returning to school five days a week.
 
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine. New CDC guidelines indicate that vaccinated individuals can refrain from quarantine and testing if they do not have symptoms of COVID-19 after contact with someone who has COVID-19.
 
Our priority continues to be the safety of our students, staff, and communities. However, we are also sensitive to our families and their preferences, which is why we will continue to support both in-person and Full Remote instructional options.
 
Thank you for your continued patience as we work through these challenging times.



February 23 Parents and Guardians:

Due to a significant amount of staff either being infected with COVID or having been quarantined per DHEC guidelines, the Edgefield County School District (ECSD) will continue delivering Hybrid Instruction for at least the remainder of this nine-weeks, which ends on April 1.  

While on February 19, 2021, health data (DHEC county-level data) clearly showed that Edgefield County had a far greater spread of the disease than surrounding counties, we remain cautiously optimistic that our schools can continue to offer in-person, instructional options moving forward through our current Hybrid Learning Models.  The Hybrid Learning Model allows us to socially distance, requires fewer quarantine situations, and with only half the students on campus at a time, we can operate with fewer staff members.  The Hybrid Model should also provide consistency in terms of offering face-to-face instruction where attending five days a week could force us back, once again, into Full Remote Learning. 

This is significant because we have heard from many in our community about the hardships that moving to Full Remote Learning has had in terms of instructional rigor and retention, meeting the social and emotional needs of students, and childcare issues.  We have also heard that parents and teachers need consistency. 

You may remember last month while in a full five days a week Face-To-Face Instructional Model that we had to shift to a Full Remote Model due to being significantly understaffed.  We simply did not have enough staff members to supervise our students.  We then transitioned to a Hybrid Instructional Model on February 1, 2021. Since that date our school system has been working toward a transition to in-person instruction five days a week on March 1. Unfortunately, the considerable numbers of staff at multiple schools who cannot report in-person remain too high to properly operate schools with all students on campus every day.

Please know that we remain firmly committed to offering in-person, instructional options as long as we can continue to do so safely and effectively.  We believe students should be in school five days a week as soon as possible and continue to work toward that end.

As we’ve said many times; these are unprecedented times in public education. Our system leadership at the Board, district, and building levels are regularly monitoring the information and advice from a variety of local, state, and national sources.  Be aware, however, that our staff attendance data has been the driving force in our decision making in recent months.  While it may be necessary to change how we operate, we continue our unwavering commitment to the safety and security needs of our students, our staff, and communities right here at home.

 

Full Remote Learning will remain an option for all families who prefer their children not attend school in-person for the remainder of this school year.

We will continue to monitor staff attendance data as we approach the end of this nine weeks in order to determine if we will be able to return to instruction five days a week after Spring Break and the start of the fourth quarter. 
 
Should you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s school for more information.

 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.
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