Ebinport Elementary: Eagle Eye News

October 12, 2020

How Are We Responding to COVID-19?

We have had such a good start to the school year and that is due to the collective effort of our Ebinport school family. One reality for all schools is that we will have cases of COVID-19 affect us. We anticipated that before we started the year and made plans for what to do when that happens. Here are some reminders of what we do.

1. We will keep everyone informed. If a child is identified as a close contact (meaning he/she has been within six feet of someone with COVID for 15 minutes or more), Nurse Cranford or I will follow up with the family. As a district, we have a dashboard of cases at each school that will be updated daily. You can view that dashboard here. We know that clear information reduces anxiety and we want our families and staff members to know what is happening.

2. We will respect confidentiality. When we inform everyone, those messages reflect what and how much we can say. We must follow HIPPAA laws which protect the health information of individuals. In a culture that easily plays the "blame game," we want to assume the best of anyone and everyone. During this pandemic, we want to offer our support rather than our criticism. That's why confidentiality is so important.

3. We will remember the facts of the different health situations. "Isolation" includes individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and individuals who are asymptomatic but have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2. "Quarantine" includes individuals who might have been exposed to COVID-19 or who've recently had close contact with someone with COVID-19. "Close Contact" includes individuals who were within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset. "Positive" only includes individuals with a lab-confirmed positive test. Individuals who were in proximity to a positive case are notified and will be monitored for symptoms for 14 days.

(Sources: S.C. Department of Health & Control, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. School data includes cases known by school and district nursing staff.)

4. We follow the recommendations of DHEC and the CDC. Our district policies for notification and exclusion come from state and national authorities. We follow their advice and make adjustments as they recommend. We know that this can be a scary time but we also know that clear and consistent information help us to stay grounded and respond appropriately. These difficult situations are greatly reduced when we follow the advice for wearing masks and socially distancing throughout our community. The more we work to keep ourselves safe, the more we are able to keep each other safe. It depends on #OneTeamOneMissionOneRockHill to continue reducing our numbers.


Rhonda Kelsey, Principal

Important Dates

October 12: Early Release Day - Students will be dismissed at 11:00AM

October 13: Title I Parent Information Session via Zoom at 6:00pm

October 15: Earthquake Drill

October 19: Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

October 20: SIC Meeting at 5:30pm

October 26 - October 30: RED RIBBON WEEK

October 26 - We Pledge to Be Drug-Free - Wear Red

October 27 - United we Stand Against Bullying & Drugs - Wear Orange

October 28 - United we Stand Against Bullying & Drugs - Wear Orange

October 29 - Be a SUPER HERO, Be Drug-Free - Wear Your Superhero Shirt

October 30 - Be a SUPER HERO, Be Drug-Free - Wear Your Superhero Shirt

November 3: Election Day - NO SCHOOL

November 10: We're Counting On You Zoom with the Principal and Staff at 6:00pm

November 11: End of First Nine Weeks

November 17: Tornado Drill

November 25 - 27: THANKSGIVING BREAK

Early Release Day - October 12th

Families - please remember that Monday, October 12th is an Early Release Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:00am. Mrs. Workman's students will not attend school that day.

Title I Parent Information Meeting - October 13th

This VIRTUAL meeting will be at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. The link for the meeting can be found below. At this meeting we will discuss what Title I and how it benefits students and families.

Rhonda Kelsey is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Title I Parent Information Meeting

Time: Oct 13, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 853 473 8110

Passcode: xR6hps

Teacher Work Day - October 19th

Students will not come to school on Monday, October 19th. That day will be a Teacher Work Day for professional development and parent conferences.

Reserve the Spirit Rock for your Eagle!

Families, did you know you can reserve our Spirit Rock to celebrate your Eagle?! This is a fundraiser for PTO and the cost is $20 to reserve one week (Sunday-Saturday). You can paint the rock to celebrate your student's birthday or share a special message. Contact Ebinport PTO President, Mrs. Heather Robinson, at hrobinson@rhmail.org to check availability and reserve the rock.
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Earn Money For Our School!

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For Virtual Parents Only - Title I Compact

Virtual Academy Parents of students from Title I schools (including Ebinport) are asked to please complete the Virtual Academy Title I compact here: https://forms.gle/AgZyioj1jHrdsP1z6

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

If you have not yet applied for free or reduced lunch, please do so here. Lunch will return to full price in January.

COVID-19 Communication

Please contact an administrator or the school nurse (Rhonda Cranford, RN, direct line:803-981-1564) if your student tests positive for Covid-19 or is in close contact with a person who has tested positive.

Communication this school year is key in the prevention and spread of the Covid-19 virus.

What does it mean to be a close contact of someone with COVID-19?

Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for at least several minutes (usually about 15 minutes). The virus is spread primarily from person to person through respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth or nose. That is why it is so important to wash your hands often and clean frequently touched surfaces at least daily.

Help With SeeSaw (K-2) and Canvas (3-5)

Please click here for parent help sessions that you can access to assist your child with using these programs.

All Parents - Mobile Computing Guide

Click here for required information to secure your child's device for this year. This presentation and information is in English and Spanish.

Need Tech Help?

Starting on September 8th, you can call 324-TECH (8324) to reach a Rock Hill Schools centralized HELP Desk. Our technology techs will be answering your calls for support from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm.
Return to School Plan for Rock Hill Schools

Many questions about plans and procedures - especially regarding COVID - can be found here.

Stay Connected

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