Our 2020-2021 Reopening Plan is now available here: bit.ly/A3Return2Learn
Four scheduling models have been adopted. The model utilized at a given time will be determined by the level of COVID-19 cases in Anderson County and the specific zip codes served by Anderson School District 3. Currently, for the time period of August 18 - September 30, 2020, our elementary and middle school students will be on Model 2, and high school students will be on Model 3.
Included in our reopening plan are the foundations used to develop the plan, registration information, an updated district calendar, and a FAQ page with answers to additional questions. Please stay tuned as we update this page with additional information as it becomes available.
eLearning for K-11th Grade will conclude on May 22nd. Please check your child's school website for information regarding material pick-up/drop off. Meal distribution will continue through May.
Dear Anderson Three Parents and Families of Students with Individual Education Programs (IEPs):
During this time of school closures due to COVID-19, there are some important things to remember. Any actions taken by a district or school regarding closures are for the safety of all students, families, school personnel and community members. As districts are determining the most appropriate steps to ensure student and staff safety, we want to provide you with guidance relating to students with disabilities and their services. It is extremely important for families and schools to collaborate and communicate regarding services for students with disabilities.
Please read the full letter to parents here.
Food will be delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of this week. Monday and Wednesday will both include two days' worth of meals. Friday we will deliver enough meals for the entire week of Spring Break. This week will include a full week of student instruction through eLearning. Elementary schools will distribute additional materials for K4-2nd grade students this Thursday.
School Closing Through April 30th: The Governor of South Carolina has mandated that all schools in South Carolina will now remain closed through April 30th. We will not return to a normal schedule (as it stands) until May 1, 2020.
- March 24-27: eLearning
- March 30 - April 3rd: eLearning
- April 6-10: Spring Break (No Instruction)
- April 13: Weather Make-Up (No Instruction)
- April 14 - 17: eLearning
- April 20 - 24: eLearning
- April 27 - 30: eLearning
- May 1: Normal Schedule Resumes
We will have another conference call with the State Board of Education on Tuesday (3/24). More info here.
U.S. Department of Education Approves South Carolina Assessment Suspension Waiver: State Superintendent Molly Spearman and S.C. Department of Education (SCDE) has received notice that the U.S. Department of Education has approved the agency's assessment and accountability suspension waiver that was submitted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 17, 2020, Superintendent Spearman sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Education Deputy Secretary of Education, Mick Zais, indicating South Carolina’s intent to suspend federally required assessments and giving notice of submitting additional accountability measure waivers. On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education released a form for states to request such waivers. The U.S. Department of Education reviewed and gave South Carolina approval to suspend assessments and waived certain accountability measures. For spring 2020, South Carolina will not administer any of the following assessment programs:
- SC READY (English language arts and mathematics in grades 3–8);
- SCPASS (science in grades 4 and 6);
- End-of-Course Examination Program (English, Algebra, Biology, United States History and the Constitution) the requirement that these examinations count 20 percent has been waived;
- Prekindergarten assessments; and
- Alternate Assessments
The SCDE is working closely with the vendors of college entrance, college credit, and workforce readiness assessments to explore innovative approaches, such as testing online. To the extent possible, districts may administer these assessments to students who may need them for post-secondary or employment aspirations. These assessments include Advanced Placement, SAT, ACT, and WIN Ready to Work. Should these assessments be able to be administered, they will continue to be paid for by the state.
School Operations: Office hours for this week will continue as 8 AM - 1 PM, to try to limit the amount of staff working in our buildings. Please contact your child's school by phone or email for questions.
We had a conference call with Superintendent Spearman today. There are many variables and unknowns at this point. One thing is for certain we can guarantee that we are going to be out of school longer than anticipated. The state is just not ready to release that information. They are going to take the weekend so we should know something soon.
Food Service: eLearning Meals will not be dispersed on Friday, March 20, or Monday, March 23rd. We will resume our meal program on Tuesday, March 24th.
School Operations: Next week we will move our office hours to 8 AM - 1 PM. Non-essential staff members will continue to work from home, and a rotational schedule for secretaries/bookkeepers will begin. Essential staff members will continue to work as needed. If you have questions, please continue to contact your child's school office.
Federal and State Testing: The SCDE has requested a waiver of all federal and state tests. Superintendent Spearman stated the department has already canceled the order for the assessments. The only outlier would be Advanced Placement (AP) tests that students must take to receive college credit for the course. More information to follow.
Anderson 3 Announces eLearning Meal Program: Anderson 3 will serve breakfast and lunch to students free of charge beginning Wednesday, March 18.
-Pick-Up: All students may pick up a prepared bag that will include breakfast and lunch at Iva Elementary, Flat Rock Elementary, or Crescent High from 10:00 - 11:00 am.
-Delivery: Students who ride buses will have the option of having their meals delivered to their bus stop, which will begin at 10:00 am. Bus drivers will make every effort possible to have all meals delivered by 11:00 am.
Students must be present to receive a meal. Meals will be available weekdays except for Friday, March 20 and Monday, March 23.
Anderson 3 Announces Closure Following Proclamation by Governor McMaster: Today South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster announced the temporary closure of all South Carolina Schools due to the coronavirus effective Monday, March 16 until Tuesday, March 31. This closure also includes all school-related activities and sports. Per our district response plan, Anderson 3 will conduct eLearning assignments starting Wednesday, March 18. We will utilize Monday and Tuesday to prepare lessons for this time period. The district professional development day has been moved from Friday, March 20th to Monday, March 16th.
Anderson 3 Officials are working now on plans for our families, including options for providing meals to students who need them, directions for eLearning assignments, as well as information for staff.
Schools will send out information on how to access instructional materials for remote learning. Elementary schools will have remote learning packets and Chromebooks available for pickup next week. Additional communication will be shared as soon as it is available.
*Again, students will not be expected to complete work until Wednesday, March 18.* To access eLearning information, visit bit.ly/A3elea