March 15, 2020
Dear Sumter School District Parents and Legal Guardians,
Per order of the Governor, all schools in Sumter School District will be closed due to the coronavirus for two
weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020. All school activities are suspended.
During this time, teachers will offer an alternative pathway to learning, which is online instruction beginning
Monday, March 16. Parents of students in grades first through twelve who do not have access to an electronic
device may retrieve a Chromebook from their school on Monday, March 16 from 3-5 PM; Tuesday, March 17
from 8-10 AM, 12-2 PM, and 3-5 PM; and Wednesday, March 18 from 8-10 AM and 12-2 PM. Parents of
prekindergarten and kindergarten students may retrieve educational packets of information during these times as
well. Although online instruction begins Monday, students who do not have immediate access to a device will not
be penalized. If a family does not have access to WIFI at home, they may access WIFI in the parking lots of the
schools to download and submit assignments.
Sumter School District will continue to provide students with a meal during the district’s two-week closure.
Through a snatch-a-snack process, breakfast and lunch will be distributed Monday, March 16 through Friday,
March 20 in the bus pick-up area at each school with breakfast available from 7 to 9 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Students must be present at the time of pick up as no food will be consumed on site. Information
regarding the distribution of food the following week will be communicated.
If families experience difficulties regarding the ability to retrieve a device or a meal, please contact your school’s
principal.
Please check our website at sumterschools.net and our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages for further
updates.
Thank you for your cooperation and patience as we continue to work together to ensure continuity in the
educational process of our children as well as the safety, health, and well-being of our students, staff, and families.
For the Children,
Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox
Superintendent