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MARCH 27th: Instruction, Meal Info., Emotional Health & More


"At my core, I believe we have a responsibility to provide students with educational and learning opportunities. This is coupled with supporting the social and emotional well being, especially at the time, of our students and staff. I continue to ask for your patience during the current environment and to stay hopeful that some day soon, we will see our school days return to some form of normalcy."


-PKM

Dear Caregivers, Students, and Staff:

I just want to touch base with you as we head into the weekend.


We have now been operating outside the traditional school day for 2 full weeks now. On several occasions, you have heard me express my admiration and appreciation for your efforts during this school closure. We are all working hard...students, caregivers, staff, and community members. I want to remind you to take some time to rest and recharge this weekend. We have one more week until we welcome Spring Break.


Please read a few additional notes below that I am providing regarding instruction, curbside meal opportunities, behavioral health resources, and school contact information.


We now just need to “stay at home” and continue what we are doing. I too, want to return to school when the time is right. Let us continue communicating and know that I appreciate your ongoing support of your students, our staff 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 opportunities for the week of March 30th. Food resources across our nation are stretched but we are working with state and local officials to provide nutrition opportunities for your student. It is our plan to provide multiple days of food when the sites open. When we receive notice of our delivery, we will communicate these details to you.


We encourage you to always consult our website for the most current updates on dates and locations.

COMMUNICATION HOT LINE SUPPORT

Many of you are hearing from and interacting with your school, teacher and support staff. I want to let you know I appreciate your feedback and we 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.


I want to suggest the following course of action when you need assistance. Reaching out to your teacher via email is a great first step. Your school principal can also be reached by email or through the office of your school. School and district messages are being checked and phone calls will be returned but please allow time for this to occur. School information and email addresses can be found at the link provided below. Please know and understand, we are here to help you and your student.

School Meal Payment - Available Online

All meal payments due to Berkeley County Schools can be made through our school cafe payment portal at: https://www.schoolcafe.com/

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INSTRUCTION UPDATE

Our instructional priorities continue to be reading, writing and mathematics and reinforcing what has already been learned and being able to demonstrate that these skills are being strengthened.


For your use, our staff is working to provide a student learning packet for Spring Break to keep your child engaged and moving forward academically. I will share more information about that next week.


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.

SOCIO-EMOTIONAL HEALTH RESOURCES

During the time children are out of school due to COVID-19, children and adults may find themselves in need of some emotional support. You will find we have listed some non- crisis supports for families to access below if they would like to talk to a professional counselor.




  1. Project AWARE students that have been seen at school by therapists from EastRidge Health Systems, can talk to their therapist by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #1 and scheduling a time for your therapist to contact you.
  2. Berkeley County students grades 1 through 12 who are not a client of Project AWARE at EastRidge Health Systems can enroll and make an appointment to begin services by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #1 and ask to enroll your child as a Project AWARE client.
  3. If your child has a relationship with a therapist at another mental health agency it is recommended that you try to make a contact with that therapist. Most agencies have made accommodations to see their clients during the outbreak of COVID-19.
  4. National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number - 1.800.273.8225
  5. SAMHSA Natural Disaster Crisis Counseling Helpline - 1.800.985.5990
  6. Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741


Suicide Crisis Supports/Options


*If your child is saying that they are suicidal but have not done anything to cause themselves physical harm, you can make an appointment at EastRidge Health Systems by calling 304.263.8954 and selecting menu option #4 for a crisis assessment.



*If your child has attempted suicide, then please call 911 immediately.

*Taking your child to the emergency department.

This communication contains the most current information available at this time: March 27, 2020 at 5:30 pm.

Berkeley County Schools

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