Back to School Plan

In-Person Learning Pushed to Monday, September 28

Orangeburg County School District students and families: 5,700 students have already indicated their decision to continue learning virtually throughout the remainder of the semester in Orangeburg Online. We thank you for sharing your family’s virtual education decision with us ahead of the enrollment deadline in Orangeburg Online of today, Friday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m.

As we move towards a partial return to in-person instruction with a traditional schedule for elementary school students and a hybrid schedule of some in-classroom days and some virtual learning days for middle and high school students, unfortunately, it is evident now that the previously designated target date for the hybrid model to begin of Monday, September 14, would not be advisable given the rise of coronavirus cases within our community. In our continued commitments to protect the health and safety of our students, staff, and community and share information with our community in a transparent manner, we believe it is best to communicate a revised date now to allow parents and guardians to prepare accordingly.

Orangeburg County School District’s new target date for students to return physically to their classrooms will be Monday, September 28. We certainly apologize for the disappointment and childcare challenges that this announcement will undoubtedly cause and, as always, we appreciate your support and understanding as we continue to monitor the health of our community, evaluate the safety of in-person instruction, and adjust our back to school plans accordingly.

Additional support resources and a virtual training session on accessing our online learning platforms are being planned for early next week.

Additional support resources and a virtual training session on accessing our online learning platforms are being planned for early next week.

AT&T Hotspots Available

Orangeburg County Schools is pleased to have been able to provide Hotspots to families in need of internet service for their students to engage in virtual instruction. We’ve deployed nearly two thousand Verizon Hotspots and are preparing to deploy another 1350 from AT&T. 

Families who have received a Verizon Hotspot and are experiencing connectivity issues are encouraged to visit our website for instructions on contacting Verizon for support. Should those issues continue after contacting Verizon, we will be able to swap the Verizon hotspot for an AT&T hotspot. We expect to have the AT&T devices available to be swapped out on Wednesday, September 9 during our students’ SEE day.

Additionally, any family/student who has not yet requested Technology Assistance for a hotspot, or families who have requested a hotspot, but haven’t received approval notification, are encouraged to complete the survey again paying particular attention to the questions asked about household income. Families must meet an income threshold of 250% below the poverty index to qualify for a district-provided hotspot. And we will continue to deploy hotspots to families as the requested hotspots are received from providers, entered into our system and filtered to ensure student safety.

All Parents: Please Take The Transportation Survey

As we continue our planning for the upcoming school year, please complete this survey for our Transportation Department. This survey should be completed by each family, even if you do not plan to utilize District transportation services. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. The survey will close at 4:00 PM on September 18, 2020.
At this time, we will be operating our buses at 50% capacity to allow for social distancing. Everyone will be required to wear face masks while riding.

Additional Resources

Please see below for a list of useful resources regarding all things back to school such as the 2020-2021 calendar, registration packets and more.

We understand that a lot of back to school information has been thrown at you. So, see below for some helpful videos to learn more about the back to school plan, proper sanitization, and more!

The Road Back to School, From Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster

The Road Back to School, From Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster

Sanitation Procedures Demonstration

Sanitation Procedures Demonstration

Virtual Learning Orientation

Virtual Learning Orientation

Examples of Virtual Learning

Examples of Virtual Learning

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