- Orangeburg County School District
OCSD Transitions to 4-Day Hybrid
OCSD: TRANSITIONING TO 4-DAY WEEK HYBRID
With COVID-19 spread slowing throughout our county and state-wide vaccine distribution extending to include frontline workers of teachers and other school staff, Orangeburg County School District (OCSD) is pleased to announce increased in-person instruction for Hybrid Model students to four days a week.
As we prepare to welcome all Hybrid Model students back to school Monday-Thursdays, our district is completing deployment of our new OWL Pro 360 degree cameras in every classroom. In addition, classrooms and other spaces are being reconfigured to maximize physical distance for our A-Group and B-Group students who will be soon attending school together for the first time this year.
OCSD will transition elementary school students to four-day in-person instructional weeks beginning Tuesday, March 23. Please note that there is no school for students on Monday, March 22 as it is a Teacher Work Day. Middle and high school students will remain in their A and B group cohorts that week, then transition to four-day in-person instruction on Monday, March 29.
Fridays will remain S.E.E. Day (Small Group, Exploratory, Extra Help), allowing for individual and small group student support, as well as Meal Distribution to our students learning full-time virtually through Orangeburg Online.
As our district transitions to a more traditional in-person student schedule, health and safety procedures and protocols will continue to be paramount and masks will be required. OCSD is committed to physically distancing students as much as is feasible. In addition, plexiglass surrounds each student desk, hand sanitizer stations are in each classroom, regular sanitation schedules are established, and disinfectant wipes are available. In an abundance of caution, outside visitors to our schools and offices will be permitted by appointment only.
Parents and Guardians should be reminded that students should not report to school with symptoms suggestive of coronavirus, including headache, sore throat, and loss of taste or smell, and should remain home until symptom improvement, a negative COVID-19 test, or a physician diagnosis/attribution of symptoms to another cause. Students home due to coronavirus symptoms will be “present” from an attendance perspective, so long as they are able to engage in their learning virtually, as required.
Our school nurses have done a phenomenal job in addressing COVID-19 challenges, not just within their schools, but also through their voluntary efforts to support vaccine distribution at clinics throughout our community. Current DHEC numbers show our county in a “medium” level, and local hospitals are reporting much more manageable inpatient and emergency care numbers.
As always, we are committed to student and staff safety as we transition to more in-person days and our nurses will continue to address COVID-19 instances and exposures among staff and students to limit spread within our school community.
While many students and families will welcome the additional in-person learning days, we also recognize that others will be uncomfortable with A and B Group Hybrid students’ new four-day in person week and Orangeburg Online remains open to new students as an option for full-time virtual learning. Please note that Orangeburg Online is a one semester commitment. Information about this option is available on our website, www.ocsdsc.org.
We look forward to continuing our service to students, teachers, and families throughout this transition and have greatly appreciated the support of our parents/guardians, students, teachers, and extended families throughout this challenging year.