La France's Report to the People

Spring 2021

Title I

La France Elementary is a Title I School which means we receive funds from the federal government to assist in providing additional instructional resources, technology enhancement, instructional staff, and educational opportunities, based on our poverty index.

Title I Funds

At La France Elementary, funds from Title 1 are used to fund:

*Math manipulatives

*Reading/Writing support materials used for instruction

*Full-day 4K salaries (a non-Title 1 school in our district has 1/2 day 4K program)

*Growth of non-fiction & fiction texts beyond typical classroom library

* Lowered class size

Student Learning Growth

Teachers assess learning and administer assessments throughout the year to gain a better understanding of the learning and instructional needs of our students.

These assessments include:

  • NWEA's Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
  • Fountas and Pinnell Reading Benchmarks
  • FastBridge screeners

Programs and Events

* Clemson Virtual Reading Buddies

* Greenville Drive Reading All-Stars

* Writer's Pride

* Archery Team

* OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program

* Gifted and Talented

* Red Ribbon Week

* Spring Fun Day (in place of Field Day due to restrictions)

Stakeholder Connections

* Virtual Classroom Orientations

* Parent Conferences

* BlackBoard Messaging System

* School Webpage

* Social Media

* Weekly Class Newsletters

In The Classroom

* SC College and Career Ready Standards

* Daily Enrichment Time

* Leveled Literacy Interventions

* Project-Based Learning

Technology in the Classroom

La France is immersed in technology with support from our board and district technology staff. Our students and staff have the use of digital cameras, chromebooks, interactive learning panels in the classrooms, and a computer instructional facilitator. As part of our "1 to World" initiative, all students have all been issued a digital device. Our fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students also have chromebooks that can be used at school and at home for instructional purposes.

Bring on the Kids!

Our doors open to car riders and bus riders at 7:30am each school day. Bus riders are dismissed from class daily at 1:45pm and car riders are dismissed at 2:00pm each day. It is important for everyone to be at school on time each day, unless you or someone in your family is sick. Please keep in touch with the teachers and school nurse, if your child or someone in your household has tested positive for Covid-19 or is experiencing symptoms.

COVID-19 Pandemic

In March of 2020, we were first notified of the need to close schools to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. On March 16, 2020, Anderson 4 closed schools. Students and families were given packets to help assist with learning and review of instructional standards for a couple of weeks. Those weeks turned into unexpected months of remote learning as the school buildings remained closed. Teachers were still working hard to help students learn from home during this time.

During the summer of 2020, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), SC's Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and AccelerateED Task Force shared updates, guidance, and recommendations of how to move forward with the 2020-2021 school year. Based on those recommendations and data from our local area, face-to-face (F2F) and virtual learning academy (VLA) learning opportunities were made available. The governor mandated the VLA option for the 2020-2021 school year as well.

Protocols put in place for F2F instruction included: physically distancing, mask wearing except at lunch and recess, and handwashing/sanitizing routines. Students in most classrooms eat lunch in their rooms. For our kindergarten and first graders, they eat at assigned seats in the cafeteria during lunch time. Large stickers in hallways and in the gym provided visuals for everyone to know the distance to maintain between each person. Masks are provided to staff and students throughout the year, if there was a need known or expressed. Instead of shaking hands, students and staff got creative and do "air" high-fives, elbow shakes, and verbalize greetings. Students do not travel to the library, art room, music room, or computer lab. Those teachers do travel to each of the homerooms to provide instruction in their areas. As much as possible, students are kept in their cohort groups during the day to minimize mixing of students and to assist with contact tracing, if needed.

These and many other changes were made and are very different ways of "doing" school on site, everyone is to be commended for doing their part to follow protocols in order to keep others and themselves during this unprecedented time in the world.

At the time of this report, school and district officials continue to monitor the virus spread, vaccination schedules, and recommendations for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year.

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