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MARCH 23: Total Closure: All schools & buildings

"Our staff will continue to work for our students and manage the daily operations of the district from remote locations through tele-meetings and conference calls. While working remotely we are answering emails and phone messages and ask for patience while these practices are in place. The health, safety and well-being of all Berkeley County Schools staff is a priority. As we focus on our goals of nutrition, instruction and social services, we must take additional measures to keep ourselves healthy and safe."


-PKM

Dear Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Please join me in thanking the Berkeley County Health Department and Dr. Reidy as they have provided invaluable guidance and resources this week as we make, review, change, and develop options to help best respond to COVID-19. They are just a few of the many who have helped the district navigate this transition from onsite learning to remote activities and continued student support services during this public health crisis.


With guidance and information from community, state and national health experts in mind, we are moving forward with a total closure of Berkeley County Schools facilities.


Effective today, Monday, March 23, all Berkeley County Schools, buildings and offices will be closed. All buildings will be secured at the end of business today and remain secured until further notice.


Moving forward, we will provide further guidance regarding curbside meal service for the next distribution date. Please monitor our website and social media channels for this information.


As a reminder, this facility closure is in response to this current public health crisis. The health and safety of our students, staff and families is our primary concern and our focus remains on preventing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).


This closure serves as one way we can all help protect the health, safety, and welfare of our whole community. Let us all practice prevention measures and come together to save lives and stop the spread.


It is extremely important for our students and families to limit interaction with others, especially the public outside your home contact as well. During this school closure, we join our health care colleagues in strongly recommending that everyone stays home and not be in close contact with others.


You have read in previous communications that Berkeley County Schools has embraced three goals during this closure: provide nutrition for our students, provide ongoing instructional activities to exercise their minds, and provide meaningful contact with students through social services. I want to thank the army of personnel who have pulled together to make these goals their own and to fully commit themselves to our students. You know who you are and you are valued and appreciated.


Additionally, Berkeley County Schools is committed to continuing to provide exceptional services to our community and its families. These services will look different during this period of time but do know we are here to support our students, families and staff. We appreciate you letting us know when you have a concern, and allowing us the opportunity to respond and assist. We are in this together to make it the best we can for our students, your family and our community.

Be well, stay safe

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Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent of Schools

Curbside Locations Being Evaluated for Week of March 30th

Berkeley County Schools is evaluating curbside feeding locations for the week of March 30th. We encourage you to always consult our website for the most current updates on dates and locations.

INSTRUCTION

Many of you may already be hearing from your school, teacher and support staff. We are appreciative of your feedback and are listening to your concerns regarding a few issues involving the delivery of instruction. Thank you for your patience as we all work together to improve the delivery of resources and assignments.


Please remember to check-in regularly for the latest updates from your teachers and don't forget to check the following resources frequently for assignments, lessons and more:

https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/lessonresources

https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/schoology

Your School's website:https://www.berkeleycountyschools.org/schools


For our students receiving special education services, we are working to meet accommodations outlined in the student IEP.

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This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 23 , 2020 at 1:30 pm.

Berkeley County Schools

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