Principal's Page

September 2020

A Word (or two) from Mr. Duvall

Happy September!

We have gotten off to a great start to the 2020-2021 school year, and we have many thanks to send to you, our families, for helping us do so! Through the hard work of our teachers and staff, our students have been safely working hard and having a great time being back at JBE in order to inspire and equip!

There is a great deal of important information below for both our Virtual School families and our JBE Face-to-Face families. Please read closely!

School will be closed on Monday, September 7, in observance of Labor Day.

IMPORTANT - School Schedule for Next Week - September 7-11

We have been in school for three weeks now, and through analysis of our data and the progress we've experienced our hybrid schedule, we will, during the week of September 8-11 (closed on Labor Day, 9/7), still run on the Hybrid A/B schedule.

Tuesday, September 8 and Thursday, September 10 - Cohort B will attend face-to-face; Cohort A will be Remote.

Wednesday, September 9 and Friday, September 11 - Cohort A will attend face-to-face; Cohort B will be Remote.

-There will be no E-Learning day during this week. There will only be Remote Learning Days.-

Thank you all for being safe and helping us tremendously during these first three weeks! Please continue your helpful ways!

School Schedule - September 14 and Beyond

Please follow the link below to the updated Return to Learn plan with our newly announced plan for phasing our schools back towards a 5-day week.

College Colors Day

Remember that this Friday, September 4 is College Colors Day! Wear your college colors while participating in E-Learning and in our Virtual School classes! We want ALL of our Boyd students and families, Virtual or Face-to-Face, to join in!

Fall Pictures are still on!

We will still have Fall Pictures for our students this year! With the safety protocols that are in place by both JBE and the photography company, we will conduct our pictures over two days instead of in one.

September 14: Face-to-Face students during the day; Virtual School students after 3 pm by appointment--THIS IS THE ONLY DAY FOR VIRTUAL STUDENTS NOW!!!

September 15: Face-to-Face students during the day; no Virtual pictures this day

Virtual School families, please use the link below to sign up for an appointment in order to get your student's pictures taken:

Attendance, Arrival, and Dismissal

A few reminders about attendance, arrival, and dismissal:

-Our car line doors open at 7:15 each morning. If the driver can roll down the window on the side where the student is sitting, our temperature checks will run even more smoothly.

-The gate will close at 7:45 each morning. Arrival after that time will result in an unexcused tardy. If your child has a doctor or dentist appointment in the morning, please ask for an excuse so the tardy can be excused. Parent notes are not accepted for tardy excuses.

-Unexcused early dismissals are also treated like unexcused tardies. If a student has an afternoon appointment, please be sure to get an excuse and send that to our front office.

-Please send notes if your student is out for any reason. If you have a medical note, please send that in.

-Thank you for your patience during dismissal. We are getting faster each day as our students learn their numbers and are moving quickly and safely to your vehicle. Please remember that anyone coming to pick up must have the correct tag for that student.

Remote Days and E-Learning

=Attendance WILL be counted based on work requirements from teachers. If students do not turn in the required work, they will earn an unexcused absence. Truancy will apply based on the number of unexcused absences as it would on a "normal" schedule.

=Please assist us in reminding your student(s) at home about the essential agreements that apply while on a Teams meeting. Each class has been developing those for their group. These are very important to ensuring the success of our meetings/learning time. These can include, but are not limited to, being in a quiet area if at all possible, using correct meeting etiquette, making sure the Teams chat pertains to what is being learned, etc..

=Please also remind your students to make sure to have everything they need from the classroom for their remote days. In order to work together to instill responsibility in our students, we will no longer disrupt the classroom to retrieve items they must/should have when they leave school the afternoon before. Thank you!

School Improvement Council

Below you will find the link to a form that will serve as a nominating ballot for our School Improvement Council for the 2020-2021 school year. Please nominate between 1-3 other parents to serve on this council for JBE. Thank you for your participation!

For our Virtual School Families with Device Issues

If your child is experiencing difficulties with their device, please follow the link and fill out the form. We will be notified it has been completed, then we will contact you as soon as possible. Please do not call JBE unless it is an emergency issue.

Virtual Families with Kindergarten Students

Each year, the state of South Carolina requires schools to administer the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment, or KRA. We are currently conducting this with our face-to-face students, and need to do so with our Virtual kindergarten students as well. If you have not made contact with Mrs. Melanie Clark, please do so as soon as possible to discuss this matter. Thank you!

Announcements from District 7

There are announcements that will be coming from SD7 in the next week. Please listen closely to any all-calls and please make sure to check any emails coming from the District. Thank you!

School Events

As of this week, no evening school events will take place. However, please check our calendar on the school website ( for the most current calendar data.

This month is Spanish Heritage Month, and we are working and planning to incorporate that into our school program throughout September!

Papa John's Nights on September 16-17. Grab a pizza and help our school!

The flyer is attached below!

About Us

Jesse Boyd Elementary is an International Baccalaureate World School located in Spartanburg, SC. We are part of Spartanburg County School District 7.