News & Notes
NewTech@Mann Chromebook Pick-up Schedule
All NewTech@Mann students will be using Chromebooks this year and will need to pick up their device on the following schedule. Students may come to the school on the below listed days according to their color group to pickup their school issued Chromebook for the 2020-2021 school year. Students should check their student backpack account for additional details. Click image to enlarge.
Student Attendance Groupings
The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is August 24th.
Attendance options will depend on the level of COVID spread at the time of attendance. In the event of a hybrid schedule, which day(s) a student attends school on a 1 or 2 day a week hybrid are determined by the first letter of the student's last name.
Blue (A-D) attends Mondays (and Wednesdays if 2 days a week)
Red (E-K) attends Tuesdays (and Thursdays if 2 days a week
Green (L-Q) attends Wednesdays (and Mondays if 2 days a week)
Purple (R-Z) attends Thursdays (and Tuesdays if 2 days a week)
Revised First Day of Student Attendance - Aug 24
Greenville County Schools has moved the start-date for the 2020-21 school year from August 17 to August 24, which is one week later than our original plan. The main reason for this change is to allow us time to reconstruct class rosters and allocate teachers in response to the new Virtual Program option. Approximately 10,000 students have already enrolled ahead of the July 27 deadline to sign up.
This change in the start-date will not affect the end-date of the school calendar. Days will be made up as follows:
- We are an approved eLearning district now, which means “snow days” are not required to be built into the calendar. Those three days will become school days
- The first Monday of November, the day before the election, will change from a student and teacher holiday to a school day. Election Day, as mandated by law, will continue to be a student/teacher holiday.
- A teacher workday/student holiday on January 15 will become a school day.
- This gives us five additional attendance days to balance the five days we would have been in school from August 17-21.
Service Hours and COVID
Many students are having difficulty with obtaining service hours this summer due to obstacles and concerns regarding COVID-19. Due to the impact of COVID, please know that the expectations around service hours will be flexible, particularly for seniors. We are willing to work with any 2020-2021 senior regarding distinction requirements that are a problem to complete this year. This flexibility applies only to seniors; underclassmen will be expected to continue completing requirements next year.
Please know that students in NewTech@Mann are obligated to complete 40 service hours per year to graduate with NewTech@Mann distinction. If a typical senior spends four years in NewTech@Mann, they would be expected to show evidence of 40 service hours by graduation in order to qualify for distinction. These 40 hours can be done in any distribution of hours over years, so long as the expectation of 40 hours can be satisfied by graduation; the recommended 10 hours per year is only a suggestion.