eLearning Continues Following School Calendar
Today, the Governor announced that all South Carolina schools, including Greenville County Schools, will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Students will not return to in-school instruction this year, but will continue with eLearning through the last day of school on Thursday, June 4, 2020. See Calendar.
The decision to remain closed is for the protection of our students and employees, as well as for public health reasons. The rule for social distancing, which requires limiting close contact with others and remaining six feet apart in public places, cannot be maintained on school buses or in school settings.
“This is not the way anyone in public education would have wanted the 2019-20 school year to end, but given the circumstances, I want to thank Governor McMaster and Superintendent Spearman for acting decisively to keep schools on eLearning for the remainder of the year after hearing the concerns of educators about the difficulties of operating school while maintaining social distancing recommendations,” said Superintendent Dr. Burke Royster. “Though our students and teachers have been especially challenged to adjust to a new way of teaching and learning this year, they have done an incredible job making this change and have modeled resilience for all of us along the way.”
He added, “I would also like to express my thanks to the GCS food service workers, transportation employees, and nurses who have been on the front lines preparing and delivering meals to children in our community. In fact, all our employees have stepped up and are continuing the operations of this district despite the challenges. Lastly, I want to say thank you to GCS parents. Many of them have been forced to balance work responsibilities with the roles of tutor and teacher, while also dealing with the stress of a pandemic and new economic realities. We should be proud of the way the entire Greenville community has responded to the unprecedented events of the last six weeks.”
Teachers will continue to post assignments through Google Classroom for grades 3-12, and Choice Boards will be posted on the GCS website and at food distribution sites for students in grades K-2. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have questions about assignments.
Greenville County Schools is required by state law and contractual obligations to remain open through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Parent Message - June 1, 2020
Parents, this is Greenville County Schools calling with information on report cards. We are asking all parents with BackPack accounts to please view your child’s report card online, June 8-19. If you do not have a BackPack account and need a copy of your child’s report card, contact the school and it will be mailed to you. You can contact the school via phone, email, or by notifying administrators that you need a mailed report card when you return your child’s Chromebook and text books. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable summer. Thanks again for partnering with us in these extraordinary times. Stay safe and have a great summer!
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease it causes has been named “Coronavirus Disease 2019” (COVID-19). Please remember, the risk to residents of South Carolina remains low at this time.
Stopping the spread of the virus through everyday practices (see poster) is the best way to keep people healthy. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and are similar to a cold or influenza. They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.