COVID-19 Superintendent Update

Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 03/18/2020

Dear CSD1 Students and Families:

 These past several weeks have been a change from our regular routines and general way of life. For the past several weeks, with the transforming events associated with the coronavirus and COVID-19, each day has brought new changes to our "normal" way of living. These events have also created feelings of uncertainty.

 I am sure that you have questions and are searching for answers regarding COVID-19. Be assured that your CSD1 family stands ready to assist whenever possible as we take this journey of rapid changes. I encourage you to continue to stay focused on the essential things- your family; safety; physical well-being, gifts and talents, and faith.  

 Students, during this hiatus from school, do not neglect the habits that you have cultivated in being a studious individual. I encourage you to do the following:

  • read every day for at least twenty minutes (20);
  • engage in mathematical practices;
  • journal or write an essay from each of the genres; and
  • get plenty of rest, exercise and remain active

 Clarendon One is committed to ensuring that students have the best educational experience possible, whether on campus or at home. Recently, home learning packets were picked up or delivered. Additional packets can be picked up on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at Summerton Early Childhood, Saint Paul Elementary, and Scott's Branch Middle/ High schools between 1:00 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.

 The District's leadership team and staff are committed to ensuring continuity of learning and continuous communication with students. As such, laptops will be distributed to students in grades first through fifth grade. The use of the equipment will allow teachers to communicate with your child(ren) through Zoom or virtual classrooms. The distribution of laptops will be done between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Parents will assume all responsibilities and liability for any damages or failure to return equipment.

Finally, the District will continue to provide meals for eligible students. Meals will be delivered via school buses or at Scott's Branch Middle/ High. Bus deliveries will occur on Monday, March 23, between the hours of 9:00-11:00 a.m. Meals can also be received at the high school between the hours of 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23rd.

 I encourage each of you to follow all suggestions made by state and local health and governmental officials for remaining safe during this pandemic. In the words of a former president, John F. Kennedy, "In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity." Seize this opportunity for growth in all facets of your life. We will not be broken, but will soar to higher height as a community, a school family, and a nation. Be at peace.

 Always an eagle,

 Barbara Ragin Champagne