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October 12, 2020

Dear Crestwood High School (CHS) Families:

Thank you again for your patience and resilience as Sumter School District continues to transition to hybrid instruction for students. Parents have the option for their children to remain virtual for the entire semester.  CHS will do its best to honor the preferences of our parents as we continue to keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of every decision that is made. 

Phase Two for high schools will begin Monday, October 26, 2020 for Cohort A only, students whose last names begin with A-L. During Phase Two, Cohort A will report to school for face-to-face instruction based on the following schedule:

Monday, October 26, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Phase Three for Cohort B, students whose last names begin with M-Z, will begin Friday, November 6, 2020. During Phase Three, Cohort B will report to school for face-to-face instruction based on the following schedule:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Phase Four begins Thursday, November 12, 2020 with Cohort A, and Cohort B will attend Friday, November 13, 2020.  Cohorts will attend school based on the A/B schedule. As a reminder, Mondays and Thursdays are A days. Tuesdays and Fridays are B days.  When cohorts do not report to school, they participate in virtual instruction.

Each phase is contingent upon the data in terms of rate of positivity, as well as other factors such as staffing availability within schools. Students are reminded of safety guidelines established by the CDC, specifically the importance of staying six feet apart, wearing masks properly, washing hands, and following school bus and classroom safety protocols. In addition, students should not share supplies, masks, food, or water bottles. We will also continue to adhere to our practice of not permitting visitors beyond the school lobby.

Please contact the school if questions arise regarding the upcoming phases or cohorts.  Crestwood Faculty and Staff are excited about the return of all students.  Additionally, we remain committed to providing a quality education, and we look forward to seeing everyone at the Castle.

Sincerely,

Shirley Gamble

Principal

All students who plan to drive to school must complete Alive at 25 and Driver Safety courses. The course will be offered online via Google Meet. Students must pay their driving fee of $30.00 no later than Friday, October 30, 2020. Sign up here.

Contact Mr. Nickens with any questions or concerns at 803-469-6200 x.7162 or at thomas.nickens@sumterschools.net

Students and staff in South Carolina public schools must wear a face covering upon entering a school building, moving through hallways, during carpool/bus drop off or pick up, on the bus, in the classrooms, and when social distancing is not possible or optimal.

Student face coverings may only be removed upon teacher or administrator direction while in the classroom or during special activities outside the classroom.

CDC does not recommend the use of gaiter face coverings (without filters). Evaluation of these face covers is ongoing, and effectiveness is unknown at this time.

Face shields can be worn in addition to wearing a mask, but not alone according to CDC.

Teachers, teacher assistants, special services, resources, etc. are encouraged to wear a face shield or goggles with a mask during close contact with a student to prevent the risk of respiratory droplets.

Masks with clear inserts may also be worn.

School nurses and health room assistants should wear surgical masks when working in the health room. Surgical masks are most effective in high risk areas.

Face coverings should not be worn if they are wet. A wet cloth face covering may make it difficult to breathe.

 

Students Who Should NOT Be Required to Wear a Face Covering:
Those who have trouble breathing
Those unable to remove the covering without assistance
Those with special healthcare or educational needs as determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Accommodations Plan, an individual
student healthcare plan, or a medical doctor.
Appropriate and Consistent Use of Masks May be Challenging for:
Younger students (pre-kindergarten-2nd grade)

Students, teachers, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties

Students, teachers, and staff with special educational or healthcare needs

Staff members, including bus drivers, who have trouble breathing and/or those with special healthcare needs as noted by a medical doctor should NOT be required to wear face coverings.

Students will receive two reusable face masks when they return to school. All face masks must adhere to the Sumter School District Dress Code. No inappropriate
symbols, pictures, language, or messages can be displayed.

 

Wearing Masks Correctly
Wash your hands before putting on your mask.

Put your mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.

Masks should fit snugly against the sides of your face.

Make sure you can breathe easily.

CDC does not recommend the use of masks with an exhalation valve or vent.

Do not put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead.

Do not wear your mask under your nose.
Removing Masks Correctly
Wash your hands before touching your face or mask.

Handle your mask by touching the ear loops or ties.

DO NOT touch the outside of your mask.

Fold the outside/front of your mask inward.

Wear a clean reusable mask daily. Disposable masks are a one-time use and must be disposed of in the trash can.

Masks that become soiled must be removed and properly disposed of. A new clean mask must be reapplied.

Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your mask. Wash your hands immediately for 15-20 seconds with soap and water or a 60% alcohol based sanitizer solution.

Parents who wish for their child(ren) to remain virtual once a hybrid in-person setting is offered are asked to complete the Virtual Learning Request form and return it to Crestwood via email at cwh.virtuallearning@sumterschools.net, mail to 2000 Oswego Road, Sumter, SC 29153, or fax to 803-469-7678. Additionally, parents/guardians can drop off the completed form in the main office Monday-Friday 8:00-3:30PM.

Policy ADD Face Covering Issued 9/20

To reduce the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that a face covering be worn in public settings when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The district will consider the circumstances in the community and consult local health officials for the implementation of this policy.

Definitions

A face covering is a piece of fabric, cloth, or other material that covers the wearer’s nose, mouth, and chin simultaneously and is secured to the wearer’s face by elastic, ties, or other means. Acceptable face coverings may be homemade, and they may be reusable or disposable but must adhere to the dress code. A face shield made of flexible plastic that wraps around the wearer’s face and extends below his/her chin may also be used as a face covering.

Staff Members

Staff members will wear a face covering while on district property or conducting business on behalf of the district (e.g. driving a bus, conducting a home visit, supervising athletic events, etc.). Staff members include, but are not limited to, salaried and hourly employees, school volunteers, student teachers, and interns. The district may provide masks to staff members and expects that reusable masks will be washed regularly to ensure maximum protection.

Students

All students from Kindergarten through 12th grade will wear face coverings while on district property, on district transportation, or while attending a school-related activity (e.g. athletic events, field trips, etc.). Certain classes or activities may be granted a limited exception to this requirement at the discretion of the superintendent or his/her designee. The district may provide masks to students and expects that reusable masks will be washed regularly to ensure maximum protection. Exceptions for wearing a face covering may include, but are not limited to, the following activities: mealtimes outdoor recess where students can maintain a physical distance of at least six feet administration of medication

Visitors

Non-essential visitors to district buildings will be limited in accordance with administrative rule KI-R, Visitors. Visitors include, but are not limited to, parents/legal guardians, contract service providers, and delivery persons. Visitors will wear a face covering while on district property. Visitors will be asked to leave district property if they refuse to wear a face covering.

Accommodations

Requests for exceptions under this policy for health or developmental conditions or religious exemption will be considered by the superintendent or his/her designee, who may request documentation justifying the exception. Students (or parents/legal guardians) who request to be exempted from wearing a face covering for reasons other than a health or developmental condition or religious exemption will be offered virtual learning for the period that face coverings are required on district property.

Harassment and Bullying

The district will not tolerate harassment of anyone wearing face coverings or those with recognized exemptions to the face covering requirement and will appropriately discipline students, staff members, or visitors who engage in behavior that interferes with any student or staff member’s ability to comply with this policy.

Discipline

Failure or refusal to wear a face covering by a staff member or student may result in disciplinary action in accordance with district policy and codes of conduct, as applicable. This policy is intended to be effective until further notice and to align with district policies including, but not limited to, student and staff dress codes. To the extent this policy does not align, it will supersede others in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in effect at the time. For clarification on potential conflicts between policies, the interpretation of the superintendent or his/her designee is final. The board authorizes the superintendent or his/her designee to amend these requirements as necessary to meet health and safety guidelines.

Adopted 9/14/20 Sumter School District

Dear Parent or Guardian:

SUBJECT: October 2020 PSAT/NMSQTRFree for South Carolina’s 10th graders

In compliance with Proviso 1A.17, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) will fund the administration of PSAT to districts for students in grade 10 will be given the opportunity to take a test predicting readiness for college/career and advanced coursework. This test is offered free of charge to all 10th graders enrolled in public schools.

Our school will administer the PSAT/NMSQTR Wednesday, October 14, 2020. This assessment is more than a test; it focuses on the knowledge and skills evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness. Even if your child has not yet decided to attend college, I urge you to make sure he or she participates, as it will open the door to many opportunities. By taking the PSAT/NMSQTR, your child will access focused practice which prepares him/her for the future.

Benefits include the following:

  • Customized skill based practice to increase readiness through Khan Academy carefully crafted to improve and polish necessary academic skills;

  • A personalized list of careers and potential college majors and the ability to learn about them;

  • Access to the College Board’s interactive college and career planning website;

  • An online score report, including projected SATR score ranges, state percentiles, and the ability to sort answer explanations by difficulty and question type;

  • The opportunity to see which Advanced Placement classes the student has potential to do well; and

  • A dedicated SATR study plan created by the test’s authors, including a review of results, practice questions, essays scored, and the chance to take four complete SATR’s.

Through the PSAT/NMSQTR’s student search feature, colleges and funding entities can offer your child opportunities of which he/she might be unaware. New College Board partners have pledges of $180 million dollars of scholarships available only through taking the PSAT/NMSQTR. Additionally as a junior the PSAT is the entry point for the prestigious National Merit Qualifying Scholarships, your child’s participation as a sophomore will provide necessary practice to improve his/her performance when it counts. This is just one way the College Board is making your child’s path to excellence easier.

Your student’s Score Report for the PSAT/NMSQTR will arrive at school early this winter for distribution. Students will also be able to access their scores online through their College Board student account at https://collegeboard.com. We strongly encourage students to take an official practice test which is a great way to simulate test day at this web link https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice.

PSAT/NMSQTR emphasizes the skills that enhance careers, including problem solving in science, social science, and other real-world context. Additional information such as sample questions and study guides can be found online. Parents may sign up for a dedicated newsletter at http://www.collegeboard.com/parents/.

Sincerely,

Rose-Marie Richardson

Assistant Principal/School Test Coordinator

October 1, 2020

Dear Parent or Guardian:

SUBJECT: October 2020 WIN R2W CAREER READINESS ASSESSMENT ((WIN R2W) or (R2W)) 

Free for South Carolina’s 12th graders 

Districts must administer the career readiness assessment to all 11th grade students based on their 9GR date. Eleventh grade students are students in the third year of high school after their initial enrollment in the ninth grade.

Since 9GR-18 students were not tested during their junior year, these grade twelve students will have a fall test window scheduled to begin on October 19, 2020. This will be a paper/pen in person test at the school.  This test is offered free of charge to all 12th graders enrolled in public schools.

Our school will administer the WIN R2W Career Readiness Assessment in person at Crestwood to ALL 12th grade students as follows:

TEST 1: Monday, October 19, 2020 Group A – Students with last names (A-K)

TEST 2: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 Group B – Students with last names (L-Z)

This assessment is more than a test; it focuses on the knowledge and skills evidence shows matter most for career readiness. Even if your child has not yet decided to attend college or go directly into the workforce, I urge you to make sure he or she participates, as it will open the door to many opportunities. 

Things you should know about the Ready to Work (R2W) and Essential Soft Skills (ESS) Assessments

Ready to Work (R2W) is a career readiness assessment administered to all eleventh grade students to determine student achievement in three key subjects: 

Applied Mathematics – Measures workplace mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills from basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to multiple math functions like calculating percentage discounts and markups.

  • Locating Information – Measures comprehension and application of workplace graphics such as charts, graphs, tables, forms, flowcharts, diagrams, floor plans, maps, and instrument gauges.
  • Reading for Information – Measures reading comprehension and reasoning skills when using written text on the job including memos, letters, directions, signs, notices, bulletins, policies, and regulations.

R2W also includes the Essential Soft Skills (ESS) assessment that provides information about a student’s skills in the following five areas: Cooperation with Others; Resolving Conflicts and Negotiation; Solving Problems and Making Decisions; Observing Critically; and Taking Responsibility for Learning.

  • Essential Soft Skills assessment focuses on essential soft skills, such as problem solving, goal setting, decision-making, and self-direction. The questions in this subject area present situations that the learner might encounter at work and possible actions that could be used to deal with the situation. Essential Soft Skills questions require the student to select the best and worst option for that particular situation.

The South Carolina Ready to Work assessment consists of four timed components. All four components are criterion-referenced and measure mastery of specific learning objectives rather than comparing an individual’s score to the performance of other test takers.

Ready to Work Credentials  

The R2W assessments provide a customized credential that students can add to their portfolio. The credential shows the degree to which students have mastered the skills assessed and their level of accomplishment.

The assessment component is scored on a scale from 3 to 7. NOTE: The higher the score, the greater the student’s ability to perform more complex tasks and qualify for a broader range of jobs.

There are four certificate levels:  Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To earn a Bronze certificate, the student must score a minimum of 3 on all assessments (Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information, and Locating Information). For Silver a minimum of 4 is required, for Gold a minimum of 5 is required, and for Platinum a minimum of 6 is required.

Your student has been granted access to begin preparing for the R2W assessment by going to this Website https://classroom.google.com/c/MzM4NzI3NTY0NjNa. Let us know if we can be of help to you as you prepare to take the WIN R2W Career Readiness Assessment.  

Sincerely,

Rose-Marie Richardson

Assistant Principal/School Test Coordinator

Phase Two for high schools will begin Monday, October 26, 2020 for Cohort A only, students whose last names begin with A-L. During Phase Two, Cohort A will report to school for face-to-face instruction based on the following schedule:

Monday, October 26, 2020

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Monday, November 2, 2020

Phase Three for Cohort B, students whose last names begin with M-Z, will begin Friday, November 6, 2020. During Phase Three, Cohort B will report to school for face-to-face instruction based on the following schedule:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Phase Four begins Thursday, November 12, 2020 with Cohort A, and Cohort B will attend Friday, November 13, 2020.  Cohorts will attend school based on the A/B schedule. As a reminder, Mondays and Thursdays are A days. Tuesdays and Fridays are B days.  When cohorts do not report to school, they participate in virtual instruction.

PURCHASE FOOTBALL TICKETS ONLINE AT https://rb.gy/aumall

SUMTER SCHOOL DISTRICT 2020-2021 SEASON COVID-19 GAME GUIDELINES Sumter School District will adhere to strict safety guidelines and meet all requirements mandated by South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) by implementing the following procedures:

 ALL spectators will be required to wear face coverings and adhere to physical distancing at ALL times.

 Spectators are required to physical distance and must remain six feet apart in the stands unless sitting with the same members of their household.

 Tailgating or pre-game gatherings are not permitted.

 SCHSL states that spectators must park, exit their vehicles, and then go directly to their seats after entering the stadium. There will be no gathering on our around the field at the conclusion of games. Spectators must go directly to vehicles and leave the grounds.

 The Clear Bag Policy will be enforced.

 Gatherings on the field, court, and/or parking lot prior to or after the games are not permitted. Spectators must exit the gym/stadium immediately after the end of the contest.

 All staff/spectators are required to stay home if they have a fever or feel sick.

 Spectators will not cross from one side of the stadium to the other during the contest to limit communities from interaction.

 Every other stall will be available in the restrooms.

 Any student in kindergarten through eighth grade who purchases a ticket will only be allowed to enter with a paying adult.

 Concessions will be available with limited, pre-packaged menu items.

FOOTBALL TICKET PRESALE PROCEDURES:

 All tickets must be purchased in advance at school or online. Tickets will not be sold at the gate.

 Parents of players, band members, and cheerleaders will be allowed first “right of purchase” on the Monday of game week. Tickets not purchased on Monday may be purchased during general sales. Parents who do not purchase tickets on Monday are not guaranteed a ticket to the event.

 General admission tickets can be purchased from the individual schools beginning Tuesday of each week. See the individual school for exact dates, times, prices, and purchase locations.

 District ID’s will not be accepted at the gate this year for entry.

 SCHSL pass tickets must be confirmed via email with the Athletic Director by Wednesday at noon. The Athletic Director will confirm submissions back via email.

 Gates will open one hour prior to start time.

 Individuals must wear a face covering and remain at least 6 feet apart when waiting in line.

 There will be no student section, reserved seating, or reserved parking.

 Any delay that occurs during halftime or after that requires the evacuation of the stadium spectators will not be allowed to reenter the stadium upon the resumption of play.

 See individual schools for further questions.

PROCEDURES FOR TICKET PURCHASES FOR OTHER FALL SPORTS:

 Tickets for Volleyball, B Team Football, and JV Football events can be purchased at the main gate beginning 45 minutes before each event.

 Individuals must wear a face covering and remain at least 6 feet apart when waiting in line.

 There will be no student section, reserved seating, or reserved parking. Sumter School District will move to a digital ticketing model in the near future. Additional information will be provided on how to purchase and redeem tickets in this model.

What is a volunteer?

Resource persons and volunteers are persons who work at school sites or at school-sponsored activities without compensation or employee benefits of any kind.
They support district instructional programs and activities by assisting employees in providing individualization and enrichment of instruction and by strengthening school/community relations. The board expects the administration to appropriately screen resource persons and volunteers to assure the safety of the students. Approval of resource persons and volunteers will be done by the principal. Resource persons and volunteers will be under the immediate supervision and direction of a certificated person when assisting in an instructional setting. They will be under the supervision of appropriate approved personnel when assisting in a non-instructional setting. Use of resource persons and volunteers within the district is not to conflict with or replace any regularly authorized personnel position. Resource persons and volunteers are expected to comply with all rules and regulations set forth by the district.

What do volunteers do?

Resource persons and volunteers may be used in many capacities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • for non-teaching duties not requiring instructional judgment or evaluation of students
  • for supervising study halls, long distance teaching reception areas used incident to instructional programs transmitted by electronic media (such as computers, video and audio), detention and discipline areas, and school-sponsored extracurricular activities
  • to assist with academic programs under a certificated teacher’s immediate supervision
  • as a guest lecturer or resource person under a certificated teacher’s direction and with the administration’s approval
  • as supervisors, chaperones or sponsors for non-academic school activities

How to become a volunteer?

All resource persons and volunteers must submit an application which includes the requirement of a background check by the district. Once you have completed the volunteer application, contact Ms. Luckey and Mr. Curry to verify receipt of your application, and complete the next steps in the process. *Completion of the application does not guarantee approval. Ms. Luckey and Mr. Curry must verify and provide final approval prior to the volunteer working with students.

  • Schools will thoroughly orient resource persons and volunteers to the duties they are to perform, including providing the individual a copy of this administrative rule and other pertinent information. District consultants and supervisors may help with this whenever applicable. The staff member to whom the individual is assigned is responsible for explaining specifically what is expected of the individual.
  • The school will give all resource persons and volunteers some acquaintance with the overall operation of the school, including what the school expects of all persons who work with it.
  • All resource persons and volunteers are under the direct supervision of and accountable to the principal or his/her designee.
  • Each resource person or volunteer must register in the school’s main office at the beginning of each visit and wear a name tag while in the building or at school-sponsored activities.
  • No one will give resource persons or volunteers the authority to have access to student records. Resource persons or volunteers may only see those records that pertain to their own children in compliance with policy JRA and administrative rule JRA-R.
  • The school principal will make periodic assessments to ensure that the resource persons and volunteers are working productively with students.
  • Resource persons and volunteers are helpers only. The direction of students, particularly in strictly teaching areas, is the responsibility of the certificated teacher and cannot be turned over to a resource person or volunteer.
  • Health room resource persons or volunteers are to work under the supervision of the school principal or his/her designee. These individuals will follow district policy concerning first aid and emergency care.
  • Principals should commend, thank and publicly recognize resource persons and volunteers whenever justified and possible.

Sumter School District

AR IJOB/IJOC-R Resource Persons/School Volunteers
Issued 9/11