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Posted on 03/19/2020

March 19 Announcement

Due to new flexibility provided by the South Carolina State Department of Education, on March 19,  Edgefield County School District bus drivers will deliver meals for both Thursday and Friday. Each student will receive two lunches and two breakfasts. The meals will be delivered between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Meals will not be delivered on Friday, March 20.

JET Middle School and Merriwether Elementary School will remain open from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM to serve as feeding locations on Thursday.  They will be able to serve two lunches and two breakfasts on Thursday and will not be open on Friday.

Buses will also run Monday, March 23,  and will deliver up to three lunches and breakfasts.  JET Middle School and Merriwether Elementary will also be open Monday as feeding locations and will be able to provide up to three lunches and three breakfasts. 

School building hours are currently from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM Monday through Friday. Your child’s teachers’ office hours are currently 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Please know that these hours are subject to change based on ongoing guidance from both the Federal and State levels.

Please contact your child’s school if you have any questions about this information.

School Closures Governor Henry McMaster  addressed the public Sunday afternoon with the latest on the state’s response to COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus. The governor announced that all schools across the state will close through the end of March, McMaster’s office confirmed. McMaster was joined by public health officials for the announcement, which began  at 4:30 p.m. at the state’s Emergency Operations Center in West Columbia. McMaster announced he was closing all schools, effective immediately through March 31st.

Edgefield County School District asks the following key personnel to report to work tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. Administrators, teachers, nurses, custodial staff, and other personnel identified by principals in their respective buildings.  

The South Carolina Department of Education has asked that teachers develop lessons for students to be able to complete at home through March 31st.  ECSD administrators and teachers will begin working on a plan to deliver instruction to students tomorrow morning. Parents should expect to be contacted by their school in the near future regarding instructional materials. 

The district is currently developing a plan to provide meals to students throughout the county while schools are closed.  More information will be shared about school feeding locations in the near future. 

The district will continue to provide updates through its Facebook pages and website.

The most updated information from the South Carolina Department of Education can be found at the following links:  
**Coronavirus Disease 2019 -SCDHEC
**School Guidance on Novel Coronavirus
**Interim Guidance for Administrator of US

SC DHEC (Department of Health and Environmental Control) provided Edgefield County School District with information (see below) regarding the best practices for prevention of the spread of germs and detailed information about the Coronavirus.  However, DHEC has advised that, “If a child or staff member is ill and did not travel to China or have known contact with a COVID-19 case, it is highly unlikely that he or she is at risk for COVID-19.”  ECSD continues to use preventative practices for the spread of germs such as encouraging students and staff to wash their hands on a regular basis, to cover their mouths when coughing, encouraging everyone who is sick to stay home, etc.

Edgefield County Schools will provide information on its website, its Facebook page, and through the district’s automated call system as needed regarding any new information regarding the Coronavirus.  Edgefield County School District will remain diligent in following DHEC guidelines and/or other appropriate governmental agencies regarding the spread of illness such as the Flu and the Coronavirus.
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