5 Early Release Days Added

Oct. 18: Prep & Collaboration Time Added to the School Year

BCS School Community:

Returning students to in-person instruction was one of the many priorities for this school year. We learned last year that in-person instruction is in the best interest of students’ health, well-being and learning.

So that in-person instruction can continue for all BCS students, service and professional staff are being asked to support their school team by taking on additional responsibilities or assignments that result from unfilled daily job vacancies.

We have an amazing and dedicated staff, who need to collaborate daily to meet the educational, nutritional and social/emotional needs of our students, but these additional coverages/assignments are taking crucial time away from our staff that is needed to complete important behind-the-scenes work that ultimately supports students across the district.

Tonight at the Board of Education meeting, I recommended, and the Board of Education approved, five early release dates to be added to the school calendar that will provide all BCS staff with the opportunity to collaborate, plan, and address outstanding work resulting from staffing vacancies and shortages.

I want you to know that I have received your input regarding day(s) to be considered for early release. Following a review of personnel, resources, and through conversation with staff and school leaders, it has been determined that Wednesday is the best day for early release to avoid additional impact to human and financial resources.

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In order to best support our BCS community, the following 5 early-release days will be added to the school calendar:

Wednesday, October 27th

Wednesday, November 3rd

Wednesday, November 17

Wednesday, December 1st

Wednesday, December 15th

Students will still receive breakfast and lunch, and transportation will be provide on a modified dismissal as indicated below.

Dismissal time will be as follows:

PreK: Noon

High & Middle Schools: 12:30 PM

Elementary & Intermediate Schools: 1:30 PM

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I want you to know that Berkeley County Schools will continue supporting our students, parents, caregivers and staff. Giving staff the time to adequately plan and prepare to meet student's needs is critical to academic success. I hope you will agree that having our students present in the classroom with their friends, teachers and staff is extremely important. Thank you for your on-going flexibility and cooperation. Stay safe and be well.

Patrick K. Murphy, Superintendent, Berkeley County Schools

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This communication includes the most current information as of Oct. 18, 2021 as of 8:00 PM.

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