Weekly Update

April 3, 2020

Spring Break!!

This week is Spring Break in CCSD!!! Please don't worry about school for the next week. Enjoy your family. Enjoy the weather. Practice social distancing.

We can't wait to see you soon.

Classes will resume on Monday, April 13, 2020. See you bright and early!



Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have questions or concerns. Ms. Denney's cell phone number is 843-729-0299.

Operating Updates

CCSD schools and offices will be closed through the end of April.

Spring break will occur during the week of April 6-10. There are no check-in or academic expectations during spring break. Enjoy the time with your family, and practice social distancing.

For high school classes, please check-in for academic requirements at this landing page daily. The landing page will be updated daily (M-F) at 7:00AM.

Students will be responsible for completing work in HS classes online beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

All college classes will continue instruction online through the D2L platform effective immediately (March 16, 2020).

All students are responsible to complete work online each day. See the landing page for specifics.

The only packets being distributed at this time are for students who have been identified as not having internet access at home. Please let us know if your home internet service becomes disabled.

If you would like to join your child's Google Classroom or Schoology, please send an email request to your child's teacher.

Going forward ECHS staff will NOT be on campus.

If you need to reach out to someone from ECHS, you can use email or call any number below between the hours of 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM:

Ms. Denney 843-729-0299

Mr. Reese 843-709-1841

Ms. Simmons 843-779-5639

Dual Credit Help Sessions

Do you need help or just some time to collaborate with your peers, as you work through your Dual Credit classes?

The Academic Lab team will be hosting zoom sessions to allow students time to collaborate, work together, and get guidance from teachers.

Please check this document for times and zoom codes.

Grading Guidance from SC Department of Education

From the SCDOE March 31, 2020:

"During the second semester, students should have the opportunity to:

  • complete the courses in which they are currently enrolled;
  • complete the courses in which they would have enrolled in during the fourth quarter (i.e. Economics);
  • demonstrate mastery in an effort to improve a course grade; and
  • finalize dual credit courses offered jointly with higher education institutions.

To accomplish these goals and give districts the ability to sufficiently report grades, the SCDE is re-framing the structure of the second semester so that only one final semester grade will be reported. The semester grade will reflect work completed and mastery demonstrated during the third and fourth quarters combined, but will not be reported as two separate grades. Grades currently stored for the third quarter should be considered as interim reporting. The semester grade should be composed of all third quarter grades, as well as those grades deemed appropriate by the district to assure competency or provide remediation."

For practical purposes at ECHS, this means that all grades for year-long and semester-long classes will be stored in the Q3 section of PowerSchool, and will be dated March 25, 2020. All quarter-long classes will store their grades in Q4.

Please do not hesitate to reach out should you have any questions about this process.

Resources for Families

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Free Meals for ANYONE 18 or under

Grab and Go Meal Update

In an effort to reduce exposure time for our staff and community, starting Monday, March 30, our Grab and Go Meals will be provided at our current sites at schools and bus stops in the community on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday only. Children will still receive five breakfasts and five lunches each week. The complete notice is linked here along with additional information online at https://ccsdschoolmeals.com/

School Counselor Available

Parents and students, please be aware that our School Counselor, Ms. Rainsford, will be available to students and families throughout the school closure via email during regular school hours (7 am-3:00 pm). You can expect emails to be returned within a 24 hour time period.

If you find that you have any issues arise during this time or if you or your family find yourselves with specific needs, please communicate that so we can connect you to the appropriate resources.

IT Support for Families 843-849-3400

Student Fees

Effective immediately, March 25, 2020, any outstanding student fees at ECHS will be waived.

CDC Checklist for Parents

Please see this helpful coronavirus checklist from the CDC.

Hand Washing is Important

Fight Germs. Wash Your Hands!

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