Learn, Evaluate, Analyze, and Prepare (LEAP) days are underway this week for students in the Marlboro County School District.
Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord said LEAP days have gone pretty well.
LEAP days were made available for all students in the district. The state paid for grades K-8 while the district used funds from the CARES Act to pay for grades 9-12.
McCord said they averaged 500 students a day in all of the schools.
“It is pretty consistent with what we thought it would look like,” he said.
Students were broken down by the alphabet in some schools and grade levels in other schools.
The school year will officially begin on Sept. 2. The model used for LEAP days will be used. Students will be staggered in for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Parents still need to register for the school year. The goal is to get as many registered before the first of school so you can plan accordingly. About 3,000 students have registered.
For the upcoming school year, he wanted everyone to realize that patience and understanding will be two key factors.
“Patience and understanding will be two key factors during this time of uncertainty when we are becoming more confident in our abilities for prevention,” he said. “As we continue to educate each other, we are starting to see not just in schools but in our communities adhering to practices as prescribed by CDC and DHEC. We look forward to serving students in the best way we know-how.”
McCord also thanked all teachers and staff in preparing to open up schools. He said many overcame personal fears and anxieties to do what they know is best for kids.
Some upcoming events include a desk and chair giveaway on Saturday.
A few months ago, the district received a donation from a neighboring school district with an updated look for desks, chairs, and tables in classrooms.
“We want to help families create a school environment in the home. Whether it be in the bedroom, living room, kitchen, garage, or treehouse,” he said. “There is a lot to be said for a student who is getting in the mindset of the school who has a school desk right there in front of them.”
The giveaway will be at the old Eastside High School from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday. It will be first come, first serve. We will give them out until they are gone.
A Zoom Q & A for parents will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 1. It is a chance to share with parents and hear from parents.
This district will host a Community Zoom at 10 a.m. Sept. 1. Items discussed will include community involvement, the safety of students/staff, and student instruction. If interested in being a part of the Zoom, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a link to join.