Reopening Schools » Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year

Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year

 
 
 
February 8, 2021 - B-L Elementary School Students:
 
Third, fourth and fifth grade students who are enrolled in Lexington County School District Three’s in-person learning model at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School will resume face-to-face instruction on Monday, February 8, 2021. (The school’s regular bell schedule will be followed, buses will run as usual and all arrival/dismissal procedures will resume on this date as well.)

Earlier this week, district administrators decided to shift all students at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School to remote learning for a few days after multiple staff members at the school were required to quarantine due to close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or because they tested positive themselves. This situation directly impacted the safe and efficient operation of the school and classrooms.

Please make note that due to the fluid and ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 situation, these plans are subject to change. However, administrators are sensitive to the burden that alternate school schedules place on parents and will work to provide ample notification via social media, the district website www.lex3.org and Lexington Three’s phone messaging system should modifications need to be made.

Anyone with questions can contact BLES at 803-532-1155.
 
 
 
February 8, 2021 - B-L High School Students:
 
Beginning on Monday, February 8th, all students enrolled in Batesburg-Leesville High School's in-person learning platform will begin a five-days-per-week face-to-face schedule. This is applicable to our ninth grade, tenth grade, eleventh grade and twelfth grade students.
 
Anyone with questions can contact BLHS at 803-532-9251.
 
 
Bus Safety Information
 
BUS STOPS (Bus Stops will be governed by parents/guardians)
-There should be 6 feet separation of individuals from different homes while waiting at the bus stop.
-Masks are highly recommended while at the bus stop awaiting a bus to arrive.*
-If a student or adult has COVID symptoms (fever, sickness, etc.), they should not come to the bus stop.
-Students should wait until another student is on the top step before approaching the door of the bus.
 
BOARDING THE BUS
-Masks are required to board the bus. Masks should be worn by staff (including drivers) and students.*
 
RIDING ON THE BUS
-ALL students will have assigned seating and must stay in assigned seats.
-No students are allowed to sit on the two front seats per DHEC mandate.
-Masks are required for students, staff and drivers while the bus is in operation.*
-Buses will be at 66% capacity.
 
WHILE STUDENTS ARE ON THE BUS, DRIVERS WILL:
-Instruct students when to enter the aisle to unload (such as arrival at a school).
-Assign seats by order students get on in the morning and off in the afternoon.
 
EXITING THE BUS
-Masks are required by students, staff and drivers.*
 
*Students who should NOT be required to wear face coverings include:
-Those younger than two years old;
-Those who have trouble breathing;
-Those unable to remove the covering without assistance; and/or
-Those with special healthcare or educational needs as determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP), 504 Accommodations Plan, or an individual student healthcare plan, or by a medical doctor.
 
*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.
 
Additional Information
-Buses will be disinfected after every route per DHEC and SDE guidelines.
-Air-conditioning and vented airflow (per DHEC and SDE, both top vents and two windows) will be opened slightly during the operation of air-conditioning for quality air flow.

Bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year can be viewed below. Please note that this document has been adjusted to reflect changes resulting from the new schedule that went into effect on January 5, 2021.

 
The Lexington Three Board of Trustees voted at its July 14th meeting to amend the 2020-2021 district calendar. The updated calendar, as well as more detailed information about the start of school, can be viewed below.
Federal legislation that was signed into law on Thursday, October 1st by President Donald Trump allows the USDA to further extend all Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option meal waivers through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. Previously, these waivers were set to expire at the end of December. This unprecedented move will help ensure that children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Beginning on Wednesday, February 10, 2021, families interested in picking up free meals courtesy of Lexington County School District Three can do so by dropping by B-L High School between the hours of 9 am and 11 am each Wednesday. Meals will be available in a drive-through format behind the school near the back door of the cafeteria.
 
Please note that the bus route that has been in place since school started will no longer make stops around town. We salute our Food Services staff members who have braved the heat, frigid temps, rain and everything in-between to ensure that our local families and students remained fed. Thank you!
 
 
Under Act 142, the SC Department of Education has provided a limited number of hotspot devices to each school district that will be made available to families with no Internet access.  The law limits the households eligible for free internet to those that meet all of the following:
 
-Households with a student; and 
-Households with an income at or below 250 percent of federal poverty; and 
-Internet that was not already part of the district’s budget on March 27, 2020; and
-Internet service that is not duplicative (the household has no internet service); and
-Internet that is needed because of the pandemic and for educational purposes. 

Lexington County School District Three has been in contact with families who meet these requirements. 
 
However, if you have a child in Lexington Three schools and do NOT qualify to receive one of the devices from the SC Department of Education, please fill out the form via the link below.  
 
 
In addition, please note that the parking lots of Lexington Three's schools, District Office, and Lifelong Learning Center have WiFi available for students who may need to simply download assignments or complete short tasks online.  No passwords are required to access the district's internet at this time.