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  • 10-26-20 Disease Activity Announcement

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/26/2020

    Good evening DDTwo families and staff:

    Dorchester School District Two will continue in the School Based Hybrid Instructional Model through Friday, November 6th. In the October 22nd DHEC disease activity report, the percent positive rate showed a slight increase raising that metric from medium to high. This resulted in an overall rating of high for the county. 

    Dorchester School District Two will continue to monitor disease activity weekly in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. Please note that Virtual Academy students will follow their online learning schedules.

    We encourage families to visit www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool for information on district instructional models.

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  • Elementary Attendance Guidelines

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/22/2020

    ELEMENTARY ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

    Dorchester School District Two has released additional information on attendance guidelines for elementary students. This information is available here and also on the school website. 

    ATTENDANCE

    *The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) requires students to attend school for 50% of the instructional day (3 hours and 15 minutes) to be counted present.

    • If a student does not attend his/her face-to-face (F2F) session, he/she will be marked “absent.”  
    • If a student does not attend his/her eLearning session, he/she will be marked “absent.”
    • Students must attend F2F AND eLearning sessions to be marked “present.”
    • A student must be present for F2F instruction or log in for eLearning ON TIME (7:15 for morning or 11:00 for afternoon). If he/she does not, then the student will be marked “tardy.”   
    • If a student is more than 15 minutes late to a F2F or eLearning session (after 7:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m.), he/she will be marked “absent.”
    • Virtual Academy students must also participate during instruction/log in for at least 3 hours and 15 minutes to be counted present.
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  • School Based Learning Model Announcement Call to Families and Staff

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/19/2020 6:00:00 PM

    Good evening DDTwo families and staff:

    COVID-19 data metrics for Dorchester County released by DHEC on October 15th  show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate. Following the district disease monitoring plan, the district will continue on the School Based Hybrid Learning Model through October 30th.

    Virtual Academy students will follow their online learning schedules.   

    Dorchester School District Two will continue to monitor disease activity weekly in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.

    We encourage families to visit ddtwo.org/backtoschool for additional information on district instructional models.

    Thank you and have a good evening.

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  • Call to Families: Revised Disease Monitoring Plan

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/13/2020

    Good evening Dorchester District Two families and staff

    District staff presented an update on school reopening models at the Oct. 12th School Board meeting.  This presentation is posted at www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool.  A revised Disease Monitoring Plan for determining instructional models based on DHEC disease activity reports is included (link to this schedule is attached)  DHEC now issues these reports on Thursday rather than Monday so decisions on instructional models based on level of disease activity will be announced on Mondays

    COVID-19 data metrics for our county released by DHEC on Oct. 8th show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate.  The district will continue the school-based hybrid instructional model on Monday, October 19th that now includes the modified plan of adding grades 3-5 to the half-day, 5-day elementary schedule.  As a reminder:

    • All elementary students (4K-5th grade) will attend the morning-Cohort A (7:15-10:00 a.m.) or afternoon, Cohort B (11:00-1:45 p.m.) sessions 5 days a week
    • Special needs students currently attending every day will continue on this schedule with no change

    Please note that middle and high schools will continue their current hybrid schedule with no changes at this time. 

    Virtual Academy students will not be impacted by this plan.

    The school district will continue to monitor the level of disease activity in our county for any shifts that may occur in the current metrics that would require changes in the learning models in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will make future announcements as needed.

    Schedule for Instructional Model Decisions

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  • Dorchester School District Two announces 3-5 grades will transition to half-day, 5 day schedule under the Hybrid Model starting October 19th

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/6/2020

    Spanish Version

    Dorchester School District Two has researched and examined possible options for flexibility within learning models as we transition to full time face-to-face instruction as quickly as is safe for students and staff. The decision has been made to include 3-5 grade students with the 4K-2 grades in the half-day, every day schedule under the Hybrid Model beginning on October 19th.

    In this plan, all elementary students (4K-5) will attend the morning or afternoon session, five days a week as follows:

    - Students in Cohort A will attend morning sessions, 7:15 – 10:00 a.m. five days a week
    - Students in Cohort B will attend afternoon sessions, 11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. five days a week
    - Special needs students currently attending every day will continue on this schedule with no change


    This schedule will allow schools to maintain required social distancing while providing consistent face-to-face instruction so critical for elementary students.


    A half-day schedule would not be an option for middle and high schools due to larger class sizes, and the scheduling issues with credited courses.

    Virtual Academy students will not be impacted by this plan.

    Please note: COVID-19 data metrics for Dorchester County released by DHEC on October 1st show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate. Following the district disease monitoring plan, the district will continue on the Hybrid Learning Model through October 16th.

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  • The Called Meeting by the Board of Trustees Has Been Postponed to Oct. 12th

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/3/2020

    The called meeting of the Dorchester School District Two Board of Trustees scheduled for Monday, October 5th at 6:00 p.m. has been postponed. 

    This is to allow continued monitoring of district COVID-19 data during the newly implemented hybrid phase.  The Board will discuss plans and proposals at the October 12, 2020 Board meeting.

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  • Curbside meal service at Ashley Ridge High School to be discontinued due to lack of participation

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 10/1/2020

     

    Dorchester School District Two will discontinue curbside meal pickup service at Ashley Ridge High School due to lack of participation beginning on Monday, October 5th

    Students can continue to receive meals at six other site locations as follows:

    • Alston Middle School 500 Bryan Street, Summerville
    • Eugene Sires Elementary, 301 Chandler Creek Rd., Summerville
    • Fort Dorchester High School, 8500 Patriot Blvd., N. Charleston
    • Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville
    • Oakbrook Middle School, 286 Old Fort Drive, Ladson
    • Dubose Middle School 1005 Dubose School Rd., Summerville

    Hours of curbside meal service are 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday.

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  • Dorchester School District Two announces the school-based hybrid instructional model will continue October 5th for an additional two-week cycle

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 9/23/2020

    Message translated into Spanish

     

    Good evening DDTwo families and staff:

    COVID-19 data metrics for Dorchester County released by DHEC on September 21st show that the county continues to be classified as having “medium recent disease activity” based on an average of incidence rate, trend in incident rate, and percent positive rate. Following the Dorchester School District Two disease monitoring plan shared with staff and parents in August, schools will continue to follow the school-based hybrid instructional model on Monday, October 5 for an additional two-week cycle.

    The school district will continue to monitor the level of disease activity in our county for any shifts that may occur in the current metrics that would require changes in the learning models in order to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. We will make future announcements as needed.

    Please be reminded that any shift in the school-based instructional model does not affect students enrolled in the Virtual Academy. Virtual Academy students will continue to follow their online learning schedules. 

    The school district encourages families to visit https://www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool for information on district instructional models, including the hybrid model along with other important information on school operations.

    We invite you to also follow us on facebook @TeamDD2 to stay connected as we continue to learn safely together.

    Have a good evening.

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  • Medicaid Consent Form for Completion for Each DDTwo Student

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 9/22/2020
    Good evening parents and guardians:
     
    Each year the school district is required to send the Medicaid Consent Form for Non-IEP Nursing Services for parents/guardians to complete. This year the form may be completed electronically and the link is below for your convenience. Forms must be submitted by Friday, September 25th, 2020.
     
    Please click the link below to complete the Medicaid Consent Form for Non-IEP Nursing Services
     
    If you have any questions concerning the form you can contact Christie Bailey, Medicaid Administrator for Dorchester District Two Schools at chrbailey@dorchester2.k12.sc.us or 843-875-4161 ext. 64032.
     
    Thank you and have a good evening.
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  • Message to Families: Meal Service Update

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 9/17/2020

    Good evening Dorchester District Two Families. We wanted to provide updated information on meal service for students beginning on Monday, Sept. 21st.

    Dorchester School District Two students in the school based hybrid learning model and in the district Virtual Academy will receive meals at no cost in school or by curbside pickup through December 31, 2020. The USDA has extended the summer meals program amid COVID-19. Meals will be served Monday through Friday, and menus are available at ddtwo.org/backtoschool > Food and Nutrition tab.

    Meal service for students participating in the school based hybrid learning model will receive meals at school during in person instructional days. On eLearning days when students are at home, meals will be available for curbside pickup.

    District Virtual Academy students will have access to meals through curbside pickup Monday through Friday.  Onsite registration will be required at the selected school on the first day of participation in the program. Existing registrations will be honored at the nearest replacement location. 

     

    Hours of curbside meal service will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday.

    Site locations for curbside service have been adjusted for more efficient and convenient pickup of meals.  These sites are as follows: 

    • Alston Middle School, 500 Bryan Street, Summerville
    • Dr. Eugene Sires Elementary, 301 Chandler Creek Rd., Summerville
    • Fort Dorchester High School, 8500 Patriot Blvd., N. Charleston
    • Ashley Ridge High School, 9800 Delemar Hwy., Summerville
    • Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville
    • Oakbrook Middle School, 286 Old Fort Drive, Ladson
    • Dubose Middle School 1005 Dubose School Rd., Summerville

    Attached to your email is additional information on meal service by grade levels.  This information is also available at https://www.ddtwo.org/backtoschool.  Thank you and have a good evening.

     

    Attached File:

    Meal Service for Dorchester District Two Students

    Dorchester School District Two students in the school based hybrid learning model and in the district Virtual Academy will all receive meals at no cost in school or by curbside pickup through December 31, 2020.   The USDA has extended the summer meals program amid COVID-19.   Meals will be served Monday through Friday, and menus are available at ddtwo.org/backtoschool > food and nutrition tab.

     

    Meal Service for School based hybrid learning model (in person)

    (4K-2nd grade) Students will attend in person classes 5 days a week in morning or afternoon sessions each day.

    • Students in the morning session (7:15-10:00 a.m.) will receive breakfast
    • Students in the afternoon session (11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m.) will receive lunch

    (3rd – 12 grade) Students will attend in person classes Monday/Tuesday or Wednesday/Thursday and will receive breakfast and lunch.

     

    Curbside Meal Service for eLearning Days and District Virtual Academy Students

    On eLearning days in the school based hybrid learning model, students may receive meals in curbside pickup.

    District Virtual Academy students will have access to meals through curbside pickup Monday through Friday.  Onsite registration will be required at the selected school on the first day of participation in the program.  Existing registrations will be honored at the nearest replacement location. 

     

    Hours of curbside meal service will be 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Monday-Friday.

    Site locations for curbside service have been adjusted for more efficient and convenient pickup of meals.  These sites are as follows:  

     

    • Alston Middle School 500 Bryan Street, Summerville
    • Eugene Sires Elementary, 301 Chandler Creek Rd., Summerville
    • Fort Dorchester High School, 8500 Patriot Blvd., N. Charleston
    • Ashley Ridge High School, 9800 Delemar Hwy., Summerville
    • Summerville High School, 1101 Boone Hill Rd., Summerville
    • Oakbrook Middle School, 286 Old Fort Drive, Ladson
    • Dubose Middle School 1005 Dubose School Rd., Summerville

     

     IMPORTANT NOTE: 

    There is a possibility that the USDA will not receive enough funding from Congress to cover free meals for the entire period through December 31st.  Therefore, we encourage our Dorchester School District Two families to complete an online application to determine whether they qualify for free or reduced price meals.  Visit ddtwo.schoollunchapp.com and follow the instructions.

    For more information on our meal program, please call 843-695-4920.

     

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