MCSD provides meals, education during COVID-19 shutdown; Sandhill offers credit
During the coronavirus school shutdown, Marlboro County School District has continued to provide meals and online education to students.
Gov. Henry McMaster announced Sunday that all schools in the state were to be closed until March 31 to limit the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
McMaster has also asked that all public gatherings be limited to no more than 10 people.
Everyone should continue to practice disease prevention measures and follow recommendations for social distancing.
The school district is providing lunch and a snack at no cost to children 18 years of age and younger during the school closure as a drive-thru pick up service and bus stop pick up service Mondays through Fridays.
The school site drive-thru pick up will be from 11 a.m. – noon Monday through Fridays at AMIkids Infinity Marlboro, Bennettsville Primary School, Bennettsville Intermediate School, Marlboro County High School, Blenheim Middle School of Discovery, Clio Elementary, McColl Elementary Middle, and Wallace Elementary Middle.
Bus stop pick up will be five hours after the regular morning pick up time.
For instance, if the regular pick up time is 7 a.m., then lunch will be dropped off around noon.
In a letter to parents, the members of the MCSD Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Team, said they are prepared to transition from the classroom to the cloud and move to teaching and learning beyond the four walls of the classroom for all of the students.
The team has worked with students to make sure they are acquainted with the online platforms they will be using and that 4-12 grade students are equipped with a device to engage in virtual learning.
K-3 will receive targeted learning packets in addition to the support that will be available online.
MCSD school leaders and teachers will communicate with students and parents through Google Classroom. Check school webpages for further instructional guidance.
In a press release, Sandhills Connextions has created a plan to assist those affected by the closures.
Sandhill will not suspend any services this month or charge late fees for nonpayment.
They will offer a $25 bill credit for residential broadband services for any existing customers that they serve that have a child in school (K-12 and college). Go to https://shtc.net/closed-school-form to apply for the credit.
Any residential customer that does not currently have broadband but needs to add, will receive a one-time $25 bill credit when installed between now and April 30.
The $1 convenience fee for making payments by phone is being waived. This will help any customer that does not wish to come in-person to pay their bill.