Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year
Lexington County School District Three is working diligently to plan for the safe return of our Panther students and staff in the fall of 2020.
Our K4 through 12th grade students and dedicated faculty are at the heart and center of all that we do in the Panther Nation. Therefore, careful thought and considerations are being made to develop data-driven processes, procedures and plans that align with recommendations from the SC Department of Education and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, all while keeping in mind what's best for members of the Panther family.
While we are anxious to return to learning in our school buildings, we want to be sure that we do so in the safest way possible. To assist with the task at hand, a Learning and Operations Team has been created in Lexington County School District Three. This team is composed of a wide-range of educational professionals and specialists that include Teachers of the Year from every school, our lead nurse, our athletic director, department chairs, principals, counselors, and administrators.
While this team has met several times to begin laying preliminary groundwork for the 2020-2021 school year, the group was ultimately waiting on the final recommendations from the AccelerateED Task Force before making and announcing extensive plans. Now that this information has been released (the final version was sent out on June 22nd), the Lexington Three Learning and Operations Team will use the report, along with data received from multiple staff and parent surveys, to create a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Ultimately, Lexington Three's plan will be multifaceted and will take into account three noteworthy areas:
1) Student and staff health and safety.
2) Options for families.
3) Equitable learning for all.
Please stay tuned to this website page and our District Three social media pages for updates and announcements that will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.
June 8th - Lexington Three sends a Thought Exchange survey to staff members seeking input regarding reopening schools in the fall. These responses will be analyzed and used by the Summer Learning and Operations Team as they formulate plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
June 9th - Lexington Three sends a Thought Exchange survey to parents/guardians seeking input regarding reopening schools in the fall. These responses will be analyzed and used by the Summer Learning and Operations Team as they formulate plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
June 15th - Conditioning begins for fall sports athletes (See below for additional information)
June 22nd - Lexington Three sends parents/guardians a Google survey seeking additional, more specific information regarding sending children back to school. These responses will be analyzed and used by the Summer Learning and Operations Team as they formulate plans for the 2020-2021 school year.
June 30th - Due to the rising number of positive COVID-19 cases and with the health and safety of our Panther athletes and coaches at heart, Lexington County School District Three decides to suspend all athletic workouts and activities. Conditioning began for Fall sports on June 15th, with all student athletes and coaches following the guidelines set forth by the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL). The district will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will follow all guidance provided by the SCHSL, State Department of Education, DHEC, and CDC.