Due to the threat of inclement weather on Friday, January 21, the School District of Newberry County will move instruction to an asynchronous (not live) instruction day. Teachers will post assignments for students to complete, but there will be no live Google Meets on this day. Schools and offices will be closed, but employees are expected to check email throughout the day and respond as needed. It is expected that we will return to normal schedule on Monday, January 24. If you have experienced symptoms, been identified as a close or household contact, or tested positive, please remember to report that to the school nurse through the use of the Covid Reporting Link found on the school and district websites. We appreciate your patience and understanding during our eLearning time and look forward to seeing our students on Monday morning.
The School District of Newberry County is currently experiencing a high number of students and staff impacted by Covid-19. As a result, all schools will shift from in-person instruction to eLearning virtual instruction from Tuesday, January 18 through Friday, January 21. There will be no school-related extracurricular or after school activities from January 18- January 21. Teachers who are not isolated or quarantined will use Google Meet to teach remotely and provide synchronous (live) instruction. The links for Google Meet, assignments, and class schedules, will be listed on the teacher’s page in Schoology. Parents who have questions regarding the requirements for eLearning virtual instruction should contact their child’s school or check their child’s Schoology. Breakfast and lunch for January 18-21 can be picked up at Newberry Middle School, Mid-Carolina High School, or Whitmire Community School between the hours of 10:30 am – 1:00 pm each day. We recognize that a shift of this nature impacts families and child-care, and of course, classroom instruction. However, it has become necessary as we struggle to maintain regular operations due to the high number of student and staff absences as a result of Covid-19. It is our goal to resume in-person learning on Monday, January 24. However, we will monitor the numbers and staff availability and notify parents and staff no later than Friday, January 21, if an extension is warranted. If your student is currently quarantined or isolated, this shift will not impact the length of the quarantine as told to them by the school nurse. The school will follow up with additional information as necessary. You can also follow the most recent updates on the school and district websites and Facebook pages. Again, eLearning instruction for all School District of Newberry County schools will begin on Tuesday, January 18 and will continue through January 21. We genuinely appreciate your patience and understanding as we strive to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.
Please read below for the latest information we have on local testing sites- Nurse Berley *Some providers are saying vaccinated need to have a PCR test. Also, some providers are saying to wait for 24 hours because some people are testing too soon. Again, this depends on the nature of your illness/symptoms. If you are extremely ill, do not wait 24 hours. Newberry County DHEC: Tuesdays-Sundays; no appt needed; Drive Thru; 11am-6pm; PCR Test Doctor's Care - Newberry - only testing if having certain symptoms. Rapid Antigen Test. Be prepared to wait or be asked to return later. They also have had to close early several days due to too many patients and running out of tests. Lovelace Family Medicine - only testing their own patients now due to being overwhelmed and short-staffed. Rapid antigen testing, rapid strep, rapid flu. Send-off PCR, if they deem necessary. Pinner Clinic - Seeing their own patients, but I think they are accepting new patients. Rapid antigen testing. Chapin Urgent Care and Irmo Urgent Care and Parkridge Urgent Care - only testing symptomatic patients and be prepared to wait. Rapid and PCR tests available, depending on symptoms and vaccination status. CVS, Walgreens - must have appointments and they are booking 2-3 days ahead. Chapin Family Practice - seeing their own patients. Rapid antigen testing, rapid strep, rapid flu. Send-off PCR, if they deem necessary. Chapin Pediatrics - seeing their own patients and will test based on symptoms. Rapid antigen testing. Pediatrics of Newberry - seeing their own patients and will test based on symptoms. Rapid antigen testing. Will do a send-off PCR, if they deem necessary. Newberry Hospital told me they are not a testing center and will unfortunately have to turn people away unless they are a true emergency and/or having symptoms that need to be evaluated, and not just tested.
Newberry Middle School and Newberry High School will shift to eLearning from January 12-January 17. We are currently experiencing a high number of students and staff who have been excluded from school, and as a result will temporarily shift Newberry Middle and Newberry High to eLearning. There will be no school-related extracurricular or after school activities from January 12 through January 17. Virtual parent-teacher conference will continue as scheduled on January 13 and 14. This decision was not taken lightly. We recognize that a shift of this nature impacts families and child care, and of course, classroom instruction. However, it has become necessary as we struggle to maintain regular operations due to the number of students and staff impacted by Covid-19. is our goal to resume in-person learning at Newberry Middle School and Newberry High School on Tuesday, January 18. However, we will monitor the numbers and staff availability over the weekend and notify parents and staff no later than Sunday, January 16, if an extension is warranted.
New Covid Guidelines for Schools- See the document below for the latest information! https://5il.co/13xpj
Come work with us! Attend our job fair! District Recruitment Fair on Saturday, Feb 12 at Newberry High School.
Want to buy some NHS gear and help support our softball team? https://bsnteamsports.com/shop/peymGsy2Eq
Laptop/iPad Checklist for Winter Break Here are a few suggestions to keep your laptop/iPad safe over Winter Break: Do not leave it in a cold car, near a heater, or anywhere the temperature is extremely cold or hot. Do not leave it at a relative’s house after you visit. (Grandma, Aunt, etc.) Keep your laptop/iPad away from little brothers/sisters/pets. Do not allow other people to use your school-issued laptop/iPad. Do not leave it plugged in the entire time. Do make sure you turn it off when you are not using it. Do not eat or drink near your laptop/iPad. Don’t leave it on the floor where it can be stepped on.
Dress Up Days counting down to Winter Holidays! Take your final exams in holiday style! MONDAY, DECEMBER 13TH – Deck the Halls! Join us by wearing red or green (or both)! TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14TH – Family Photo Day Dress in your holiday gear and get ready for a photo booth at lunch! This one is wide open for interpretation – dress up, dress alike, dress like a reindeer! WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH – Holi-Day We don’t mean to show favorites! Dress up for your FAVORITE holiday, no matter when it is! You love the Fourth? Come in all of your red, white, and blue! THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16TH – Ugly Sweater Day Did you know Amazon sells ugly Christmas dresses and suits? If that’s your cup of cocoa, carry on! But if Goodwill is more your speed, better get there fast before they are all gone! FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17TH – Pajama Day Why even get dressed for a half day? Sport those jammies all day long! Bonus points if they’re Christmas jammies!
Congratulations to the following Students of the Month! Freshman of the Month: Braylon Jones Sophomore of the Month: Omar Abney Junior of the Month: Derrick Jones Senior of the Month: Kaley Laprise
Prek and K Registration for elementary schools will be held February 28th-March 11th.
NHS Newsletter for December https://5il.co/12d1p
Congratulations to Meagan Trammell! Ms. Trammell was chosen as the District Secondary Distinguished Literacy Teacher of the Year.
• STUDENTS! Check out this Young Filmmakers Project, South Carolina's High School Filmmaking Competition hosted by Trident Technical College and the South Carolina Film Commission! Entries only have to be 2 minutes and are due on March 28. • The Top Ten scorers will screen at a special program where winners will be announced; First Prize receives $500, Second Prize $300, and Third Prize $200. • For more information, go to https://www.indiegrants.org/sc-young-filmmakers-project. • To view last year's Top 12 screening with the winning films and Q&A with the filmmakers, go to https://www.indiegrants.org/2021-yfp-top-12.
Attention Seniors! There are new scholarship opportunities available! https://docs.google.com/document/d/1D5UycUDJHkADbyDAm2t85Qk6AHIU6levkAY9bEREOeY/edit?usp=sharing
There are 2020 Graduation DVD’s available in the front office. If you would like to have one, please come by the school from 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM.
Iready Testing Dates: iReady Dates: Reading – 11/29 & 11/30 Math – 12/1 & 12/2 Makeup – 12/3
EOC Dates (updated): 12/6 – English II Writing 12/7 – English II Reading 12/8 – Early Release – No testing 12/9 – Biology I 12/10 – US History 12/13 – Algebra I
Remember to charge up your laptop each night! If you forget your laptop, be prepared to do your work with pencil and paper. Loaners are not given to students that forget to bring them to school. Loaners are only given out when your device is having issues. Check for updates monthly. If you need help, come to the Library during Tech Desk Time! Flex, Lunch, 2:50-3:20 Don’t download any programs or extensions to your laptop that are not required for classwork. Don’t try to get around the Internet filters by installing a VPN or similar programs. This will result in displinary action. Technology can remote in your laptop any time and see your activity. Do not assume what you do on your laptop is private, even when you are at home.
Read the NHS November Newsletter today!