Important End of Year Details:
UPDATED May 7, 2020
Safety will remain a priority as we collect devices/learning packets and allow students the opportunity to come to school to collect personal belongings. Staff will wear face coverings when students are present. Entrance to Ware Shoals High and Ware Shoals Middle School will be limited to students and staff only. Additionally, in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines and minimize the number of individuals in our buildings at one time, material drop off / collection of personal materials will happen from 8:00AM – 12:00PM over a three-day period according to students’ last names.
May 19, 2020: Students whose last name begins with the letter (A-G)
May 20, 2020: Students whose last name begins with the letter (H-0)
May 21, 2020: Students whose last name begins with the letter (P-Z)
Please reach out to your school should you have any questions. More details regarding end of year processes will be forthcoming.
Ware Shoals Primary will have their final packet pick up on May 5, 2020 from 8:00-12:00PM. Students are encouraged to drop off any completed work at this time.
High School seniors will have their last day of instruction on May 8th. Credit recovery for seniors will run from May 11th to May 15th at noon. The deadline for senior grades to be finalized in PowerSchool is May 15th.
Students in grades PK-11th will have their last day of instruction on May 19, 2020. Credit recovery for students in grades 9-11 will run from May 19th to May 26th at noon. Final grades for students in PK-11th must be finalized in PowerSchool on May 26th.
Details regarding early learning packet drop off, report card pick up and laptop/textbook returns will be forthcoming. We continue to receive frequent updates from the State Department regarding allowable practices. Every effort will be made to ensure a safe conclusion to the school year.
What students, parents and teachers have endured and continue to overcome is incredible! We’re in the final stretch, let’s finish strong - we can do this!
New Updates to WSSD51's elearning Plan!
Our district is quickly preparing for e-Learning as our nation is facing the COVID-19 Virus.
APRIL 16, 2020
Updates to Grading Practices:
This year, during school closures because of COVID-19, South Carolina students will not earn a standalone grade for the 4th nine weeks. Instead, one semester grade will be given for work completed during the 3rd and 4th nine weeks. Students may improve their 3rd nine weeks average by successfully completing ‘eLearning’ work and learning packets while we are out of school.
‘ELearning’ lessons and learning packet activities are important and designed to help students get ready for the next grade. Students’ assignments will be graded by our teachers. Please continue to let your children know the importance of doing their best on every assignment. We are here for support if you need us, and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We have only six weeks left in the year, so let’s make every day count!
*Teachers at WSH & WSM will begin entering eLearning grades into Powerschool on April 22nd.
We understand there may be situations where a student is unable to complete an assignment on the day that is it is assigned. We remain flexible and are here to support our students and their families.
WHAT E-LEARNING ASSIGNMENTS SHOULD I COMPLETE? (update 4/13/2020)
Teachers will determine if students met the instructional goals for each day. Learning assignments will follow these criteria:
- PK-4: Students will take home a packet with checklists, choice boards, or a list of activities. Fourth grade students will have online coursework to complete. Students may need guidance from an adult to complete the activities. Each day's assignments should take less than one hour to complete.
- Grades 5 -8: Lessons will be assigned in Schoology for ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. ELA and Math lessons should each take 30 minutes to complete. Science and Social Studies lessons should take 15 minutes to complete. Students complete lessons on their own schedule and daily web based support will be available.
- High School: Lessons will be assigned in Schoology for all credit-bearing course (includes PE, band, other electives). Students complete lessons on their own schedule.
WHEN SHOULD I CONTACT MY TEACHER?
The district has scheduled teacher office hours to accommodate families with multiple children. Schoology’s conferencing app, email, or a classroom specific platform (such as Remind, Class Dojo, or Seesaw) may be used to contact teachers.
who should i contact about special education services?
E-Learning Technology Help Desk
Available for parents and students
beginning March 18, 2020
Office hours: 8 am until 11:30 am
Phone: (864) 456-7500 (8 am until 3 pm)
Free Internet access (WiFi) via the student network is available from the parking area of each school. Local internet providers may also provide access to families who do not have a current internet provider.
Free Public Wi-Fi Locations
- Ware Shoals Community Library parking lot (The library is closed until April 6)
- Greenwood County Library
- WCTEL hot spot at 25 East Main Street (former district office)
The following locations will offer Wi-Fi to students who are unable to travel to access district provided WiFi:
- Calvary Baptist Church at 5551 Highway 252
- First Baptist Church of Ware Shoals at 30 S. Greenwood Ave. (9AM-12PM only)
- Holiday Church at 67 East Cork Street
- Dunn Creek Baptist at 621 Old Shoals Junction Road (9AM-1PM only)
- West Main Street Church of God at 39 West Main Street
- Mount Gallagher Baptist Church at 11570 Indian Mound Road
Public, age-appropriate businesses that offer free WiFi for students can email email@example.com to be added to this list.
MAP OF WIFI LOCATIONS
WHAT IF A STUDENT DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE INTERNET?
A recent survey of students in grades 5-12 indicated that 97% of our students have WiFi connectivity in their homes. However, we are aware that not all students have internet access at home. Students without internet connections are encouraged to use the parking area of any school to access our student WiFi network or Ware Shoals’ public library, if it is safe to do so.
Although we encourage completing assignments on E-LEARNING days, assignments are not due until five school days after returning to school.
WHAT IF THE STUDENT’S DEVICE IS NOT WORKING ON AN E-LEARNING DAY?
If another internet-enabled device is available, that may be used. The student or parent should contact Tech Support using the contact information above. If the issue cannot be resolved, the students should contact his/her teacher. The student will need to take the device to the Technology Department to be repaired when we return to school.
WHAT IF A STUDENT CANNOT ACCESS THE WIRELESS CONNECTION AT HOME OR ANOTHER REMOTE LOCATION?
Try restarting the device to reset the wireless connection. Also, verify the correct login and password for the wireless router are entered. Questions? Call or email Tech Support using the contact information above.
Please continue to check back here for new information.
Technology Department direct phone line: 864-456-7500