MARCH 29, 2020 VOLUME 12 ISSUE 30

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School District Five Schools to Remain Closed Under Executive Order

IRMO –All schools and offices in Lexington-Richland School District Five will remain closed now through “the duration of the month of April,” under executive order of the governor of South Carolina.

Likewise, all district events including athletic events, Adult Education classes and other after school activities will remain closed until further notice.

Distance learning will continue in School District Five. More information is forthcoming regarding paper-based packets and online assignments.

  • For free Wi-Fi resources, visit our distance learning resources page at
  • Teachers and other district staff will continue to work virtually. Students and parents can email their teachers or an administrator for help and instruction on materials. Office hours for teachers are Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • During the closure, School District Five staff will be working virtually, and email is the quickest and most efficient way to get answers to your questions. Visit:

Free food offerings sites will continue at six schools in Lexington-Richland School District Five. School District Five will open feeding sites on Mondays only. Students will receive 5 days-worth of breakfast and lunch items, during the Monday meal offering.

There are 6 locations across the district, serving meals 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the front of each school under the canopy.

  • H. E. Corley Elementary
  • Harbison West Elementary
  • Seven Oaks Elementary
  • Irmo High
  • Dutch Fork High
  • Chapin High

Items will be individually packaged, to-go food offerings with dietary information on the packaging. The service is only available for children under the age of 18, and children must be present to receive meals.

Meal drop-off deliveries will be provided on Mondays to the following apartment complexes at the following times:

  • Waters at Berryhill Apartments 11:00 am -11:30 am
  • River Oaks Apartments 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
  • Irmo Village Apartments 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

School District Five is committed to communicating the latest updates and information regarding school closures, distance learning and feeding sites.

  1. Parents/Guardians: If you are not currently receiving texts or emails from the district and would like to, please contact your student(s) school registrar.
  2. Visit the district website,
  3. Connect with us on social media.


Hello CMS Family,

Our schools will remain closed this week and we will continue to have virtual office hours from 9 AM to 1 PM daily Monday through Friday.

Attention current 7th grade students and parents, exploratory registration for next year continues this week. All information and materials needed for registration were posted in your child’s Google Classroom last Monday. Please review the exploratory descriptions, and complete, sign, and submit the exploratory selection form by Friday, April 3. Please note the form requires an electronic parent signature.

Please know we are doing our best with our Distance Learning for students, and we know you are doing your best when assisting at home. Our teachers know and understand that each student may be facing an entirely different situation at home, and we are here for you and your children. Please check in with your child to ensure they are completing the work and check in with our teachers who can provide information and resources to help manage the work. Our teachers are professional, kind, and compassionate and want to be supportive.

We are working through the information on grading, and we will find a way to value the work your child has done without penalizing any student. Our commitment to you is that your child’s grade for the 3rd 9 weeks will not be negatively impacted. It will either remain the same or improve

I can’t tell you how much we miss you all, but I can tell you we have had a teacher change her mind about retirement, another say she will never complain about lunch duty again, and yet another cry on the phone with me because she loves and misses her students and was in the middle of her best year yet. We all care so much about our CMS family, so reach out to us if we can help in any way and remember, “we may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”

The well-being of our students and families is most important to us, so we want to remind you once again to take care of yourself and take care of each other.

Please see our website and social media for more information on these events and all things CMS and remember our theme this year and Be Your Best.

As always, we are Respectful, Responsible, and Remarkable!

We aRe Chapin!
Anna M. Miller, Principal

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South Carolina ETV and S.C. Department of Education partner in response to COVID-19

Despite mandatory school closures learning can continue for students across the state! South Carolina ETV and the S. C. Department of Education have partnered to use the power of television to broadcast streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state's pre-K through 12th-grade students. Please pass this information along to your family and friends who are now planning how to keep their children's educational experiences top-of-mind during this unprecedented time for our nation and our state.

The content will align with current state and federal standards and will be broadcast three days each week beginning Tuesday, March 24 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Program modifications will take place throughout the duration of school closures and will address a wide variety of content areas. Educators and parents will have access to supplemental lesson plans and curriculum materials to facilitate meaningful use of the content. Parents are, also, urged to contact their local schools directly for more specific information.

Visit beginning Wednesday, March 18 for more information about the modified broadcast schedule, online instructional resources and virtual learning opportunities.

Ed Online Resources Here



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Attendance Notes

If your child is absent from school, please make sure to provide written documentation to our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Kinsey, The excuse note(s) needs to include a doctor's note or a parent note with the reason your child was absent and the date(s) that he/she missed from school.

An excuse note can be provided in the following ways:

  • Submit an online student excuse form
  • Email the attendance clerk, Mrs. Kinsey at
  • Email or fax directly from medical provider to 803-722-5521
  • Provide a handwritten note to the attendance office the day the student returns to school

Please make sure that your student has notified his or her teacher if they are absent more than 2 days during the week so that they are aware of any missed assignments.

Also, please let Mrs. Kinsey know if your student has been medically diagnosed with the FLU so that we can track this information.

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