SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) – Dorchester School District 2 is asking parents to have a plan in place in case their child’s class, year or school needs to transition to temporary virtual learning.
DD2 Superintendent Joseph Pye says he will transition schools to virtual learning on a case-by-case basis to avoid shutting down the entire district.
The district says increasing positive cases and quarantined employees are making it difficult to continue operations.
The principals of Newington Elementary School and River Oaks Middle School both say more than 20% of their staff are absent.
However, they say that hasn’t stopped teachers from doing what they can to help.
“Every morning, staff come up to me and say things like, ‘What can I do? ” How can I help? Would it help if I took so and so’s class with mine? We can go to the media center. I will teach my class, their class and my children online,” says Rachel Cubbage, Principal of Newington Elementary School. “Our teachers don’t try to retire from work, they do their best, but because everyone wears so many hats, everyone is thin.”
“They ask, ‘Where can I cover? What can I do? How can I help?’ But at the end of the day, it’s not sustainable,” says River Oaks Middle School principal Jack Mansor. “We can’t keep doing this everyday for now until we know when. Numbers are coming, numbers are coming, numbers are coming. I think I’m picking up this large group of students, and I have another group of students due out.
The district says families will be notified if their child should switch to virtual learning.
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