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Plans for the 2020-2021 School Year

January 19th -
--This is the start of second semester. Students who have requested to move from face-to-face instruction to virtual OR from virtual to face-to-face instruction will begin their new learning model on this date.
--Due to the rise in COVID numbers across South Carolina, Lexington County School District Three officials have made the decision to continue forward on the current four-days-per-week schedule for face-to-face students at Batesburg-Leesville High School. (Previously, the district had planned to implement its final phase-in to five-days-per-week instruction at the school on January 19th.) 
The four-days-per-week model will continue allowing students to attend in-person classes at Batesburg-Leesville High School on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, leaving Wednesdays as virtual learning days. The VIP model (all virtual program) will continue unchanged. Students who opted to swap their learning model (from face-to-face to virtual or from virtual to face-to-face) will still begin their new learning platform on January 19th at the start of second semester.
District administrators will evaluate the COVID-19 situation each week and will notify BLHS families of any changes to the schedule.
Parents of students at Batesburg-Leesville Primary, Batesburg-Leesville Elementary, and Batesburg-Leesville Middle Schools should make note that no changes are being made to the current schedules at those schools. However, students who opted to swap their learning model (from face-to-face to virtual or from virtual to face-to-face) will still begin their new learning platform on January 19th at the start of second semester. If you have questions about your child’s learning model, please contact the school he/she attends.
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.
-Masks are required to board the bus. Masks should be worn by staff (including drivers) and students.*
-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.
-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.
-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.
Parents/guardians can also pick up five days worth of free breakfasts and lunches each Wednesday at the designated stops listed below.  All children under the age of five are also eligible to receive five breakfasts and five lunches on the pick-up days.
Scheduled Stops Each Wednesday

8:45 am - 9:10 am - Friendship Church (302 Brodie Road in Batesburg-Leesville)
9:20 am - 9:45 am - St. James CME Church (133 Summerland Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville)
9:55 am - 10:15 am - Old Hardee's on the corner of Hwy. 178 and Hwy. 1 in Batesburg-Leesville
10:25 am - 10:45 am - Parking lot behind McDonald's (210 West Columbia Avenue in Batesburg-Leesville)
11:00 am - 11:20 am - Fire Department and Exxon gas station on Hwy. 178 (Sandhills Area)
11:30 am - 11:45 am - Dickert’s Mobile Home Park (located off Hwy. 23 towards Ridge Spring)
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.