Back to School
  • Back to School Update presented by Superintendent Joe Pye

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/14/2020

    Superintendent Joe Pye presented an update on planning for the opening of schools for the 2020-2021 school year at the July 13th meeting of the Board of Trustees.  This overview of proposals is based on comprehensive recommendations from Reopening Task Force Subcommittees which includes input from parents and staff. This week will be dedicated to finalizing details of these plans by principals, district staff, and subcommittee members to submit to the State Department of Education for review.

    Finalized plans for reopening schools will be presented to the Board of Trustees for consideration and approval at a called meeting on Monday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.   This meeting will be livestreamed at ddtwo.org/live. 

    The presentation below includes:

    • Learning models under consideration
    • Information on the new Dorchester School District Two Virtual Academy for 100% online learning as an option for students
    • Possible school calendar and bell schedule adjustments to accommodate learning models and safe school operations

    PRESENTATION: Back to School Update 7-13-20

    Comments (-1)
  • School Reopening Update at School Board Meeting

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/13/2020

    Superintendent Joe Pye will be presenting an update on plans for the 2020-2021 school year on behalf of the Opening of Schools Task Force at the school board meeting on Monday, July 13th as a part of his State of the District address. 

    This will entail the recommendations from the Task Force’s six subcommittees and will include information about Dorchester School District Two’s in-school instruction based on SC DHEC’s published risk level of disease spread and the launching of DD2’s own Virtual Academy for students who do not feel they can return to the school buildings.

    The Board meeting will be livestreamed via the District website at https://www.ddtwo.org/live and the recording will be posted on that link at the meeting’s conclusion.

    New and updated information will be communicated to all stakeholders via the District and School websites, District social media, and the District’s automated phone/email system.

    District and School Administrators will continue meet throughout the week to refine and consolidate a final proposal for School Board consideration and adoption no later than Monday, July 20, including possible calendar changes.

    Comments (-1)
  • PowerSchool Parent Portal Account for Registration

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/7/2020

    IMPORTANT: Prior to July 20th, DD2 parents will need a PowerSchool parent portal account to register their child for school. This account also gives you access to your child’s grades/assignments and the ability to update emergency contact information.

    If you do not have an account, refer to your child’s recent report card to locate an important Access ID and Password that is unique to each student. If you cannot locate the report card, please contact your child’s school.

    Please visit www.ddtwo.org/PS for instructions on how to create your parent account and to access this video.

    Comments (-1)
  • DD2 High Schools Suspend Summer Workouts & Conditioning Training

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 7/1/2020

    Dorchester School District Two high schools have suspended summer workouts and conditioning training for students involved in fall athletic programs effective July 2nd. Ashley Ridge High, Fort Dorchester High, and Summerville High administrators and athletic directors have cancelled these activities in an abundance of caution for the health and safety of students and staff. The situation will be evaluated on July 16th to determine a possible date to resume these programs.

    All three high schools had begun restricted student athletic workouts and conditioning training the week of June 15th in accordance with SC High School League guidelines

    Comments (-1)
  • DD2 Reopening Schools Update

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 6/25/2020

    Dorchester School District Two is working to create a comprehensive plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 year that will provide a high-quality education while protecting the health and wellbeing of students and staff. A district task force has been formed with six subcommittees to develop guidelines and action plans to safely reopen schools. Subcommittees include principals, parents, teachers, students, and staff. Plans include detailed proposals for the operation of school facilities and buses that incorporate physical distancing requirements and other health and safety measures. 

    Recent parent and staff surveys have provided valuable feedback for these plans and for decisions that will be made in the near future. Thank you to the 15,890 parents that took this survey to share what is important to their families. The results show that 71% of those responding prefer a student learning model that is face-to-face instruction and a combination of in person and virtual learning; while, 24.5% prefer a 100% virtual model through the school district. Most families shared concerns regarding childcare and student and staff health and safety. The district recognizes these challenges and will collaborate with local organizations for possible options.

    Recommendations for instructional models for next year include the following proposals:

    • Hybrid Model that combines face-to-face instruction in the schools with virtual instruction at home on different days to minimize the number of students on the bus and in the classrooms. 

    • All Virtual Learning Model through the District’s K-12 Virtual Academy that would be 100% virtual and offered all year. 

    • Traditional Face-to-Face Full Classroom Model in which students would attend school full time in the school building. This model would be an option if there were a low risk of COVID-19 spread with little or no health challenges.

    Depending on the changing local health situations during the year, the district would have the flexibility to shift any of the three options if necessary.

    Virtual learning will be dramatically different from the emergency online learning implemented during the sudden closure of schools last spring because of COVID-19. At the beginning of this school year, all students (K-12) will be issued a laptop or iPad for planned learning at school or at home. Teachers have participated in online staff development on enhanced technology instruction since May, and students will receive instruction on using the devices. In addition, Wireless internet access will be provided for students without that service. 

    Schools will be sending a parent survey requesting student information later this evening to prepare for the upcoming school year. Please take time to complete this important survey.

    Learn more about plans for the reopening of school at ddtwo.org/backtoschool.  As planning continues, we will regularly update this page with the latest information from the State Department of Education, DHEC and DD2.   

    Dorchester School District Two appreciates your help in adapting our learning environments to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  

    Comments (-1)
  • DD2 School Reopening In the News

    Posted by Jennifer Passmore on 6/24/2020

    Parents speak out after final AcceleratedED recommendations - News 2: https://bit.ly/31ecD1Q

    Comments (-1)