We know things are going to look a little bit different this year, so we’re looking for your tips + knowledge on networking with teachers (and other parents), whether you’ll be opting for fully-remote learning (and any hacks you have), plus advice on tools and techniques that support learning, keeping kids happy while physically distancing + more.
Here’s a little background info –
Who said what? 🗣️ Gov. Henry McMaster spoke about reopening schools at the State House on July 15. McMaster called for all schools to reopen in the fall and for school districts to allow parents to decide between five days a week in the classroom or virtual learning. The governor also recommended that schools wait to reopen until Sept. 8 in order to allow more time to finalize reopening plans.
🗣️ SC Education Superintendent Molly Spearman agreed with McMaster about the importance of reopening schools. However, she said the decision of when to open should happen at the local level and should take into account community infection rates. More information on guidelines about back to school have been recommended byAccelerate ED. The full report can be found here.
🗣️SC for EDsupports districts following DHEC guidelines based on what’s happening in local communities. The organization supports providing virtual options until the number of positive cases of COVID-19 reduces.
Know parents with tips to share? Send this their way via email or social.
○ Greenville County Schools announced their preliminary number for their Virtual Program enrollment:23,000. This number represents about one-third of the student population. GCS also released info. on optional LEAP (Learn Evaluate Analyze Prepare)days, which will be held Aug. 17-21. (WYFF 4)
○ According to SCDHEC, every SC county is currently experiencing high rates of coronavirus activity. You can read more here. (WYFF 4)
○ Furman University professor Brittany Arsiniega is examining the impact the coronavirus pandemic may have both on those incarcerated in local detention centers and the community. There have been 563 cases of COVID-19 and at least seven deaths in the prison population in South Carolina. Read more here. (Greenville Journal)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Greenville’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
Last week, we told y’all about the mural that’s going up on Canvas Tower. We told you that we can expect a photorealistic mural of a Greenville resident to cover the façade of the eight-story building + that the design will reference the history of desegregation + integration of schools across the county. The mural will also strive to convey the impact one teacher can have across multiple generations.
The image above shows a peek of what’s to come. We can’t wait to see the finished product.
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Weather ○ 89º | Thunderstorms | 80% chance of rain
NowOpen ○ Cambria Hotels, an upscale hotel brand, is now open + ready to welcome guests. Cambria Hotel Greenville is a four-story hotel with 126 rooms. Some amenities include multi-use meeting + event spaces, spa-style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors, on-site dining, and an outdoor pool and deck. This is their fifth SC property.
ForParents ○ Don’t forget to enroll your 5-year-olds in Greenville County Schools or private 5K before school starts next month. Parents not enrolling their child in any type of schooling, homeschooling included, have to complete a waiver and deliver it to their home-based school. If parents choose to opt-out of 5K for their child, the child will go straight to first grade the following year. Find the form here.
Edu ○ School Tools is collecting items to ensure Greenville County students have all the tools they need for school this fall. To donate for Wi-Fi hotspots for students or to assist with teachers’ out-of-pocket classroom expenses, click here. You can also purchase supplies from the Amazon + Walmart wishlists and drop them off on Aug. 12 or Aug. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the United Way office. ✏️
Cause ○ The UofSC School of Medicine Greenvillehas partnered with several groups, including youturn, Faces And Voices Of Recovery(FAVOR) Greenville, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in both research + curriculum to combat opioid overdoses. This partnership creates research opportunities for students + the modules are shared with many universities across the country, including Johns Hopkins +Duke,. ○ Just Say Something (JSS), a Greenville non-profit, is hosting a series of online auctions every 4-6 weeks through the fall + proceeds will directly help JSS keep children safe, healthy, and drug free. The first auction is on Aug. 1 and will feature pieces from various local + regional artists. The JSS team is also working to create interactive digital content for kids + families across the Upstate. You can bid or make a donation here.
Ranked ○ 43. SC’s ranking in a recent WalletHub study listing the states with the best + worst school systems. The study looked at school performance, funding, safety, class size and teacher qualifications. Massachusetts ranked first while New Mexico was ranked last. (WalletHub)
TheBuy ○ What if we told you that jeans could be as comfy as the leggings you’ve been living in? Three former Under Armour execs founded Revtown Jeans using a proprietary fabric of Italian-milled denim infused with the same stuff used in yoga pants + football uniforms.Shop here. Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ Greenville Federal Credit Union is hiring for an Online Lending Specialist. Key responsibilities include processing online and phone loan applications. Learn more about this position here and apply. Ⓟ
Image provided by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina
Hey, SC – let’s sacrifice convenience for the safety of all citizens.
SC’s health leaders – South Carolina Medical Association, South Carolina Hospital Association and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina – strongly encourage you to do your part to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a face mask in public. 😷
(Yep; it’s really that simple. Not convinced? Here’s what’s Rumor vs. Real.)
Why do you wear a mask? Share on social with #SlowtheSpreadSC. Ⓟ