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  • **Update April 22, 12 p.m.**

    Gov. Henry McMaster announced today in a joint press conference with South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman that all schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. On behalf of Dr. Cook, our Board of Trustees, and District Administration, we remain thankful to our teachers, students, and families for the remarkable job each of you have done over the past six weeks and in the weeks ahead adjusting to remote learning.

    While our buildings will continue to be closed, our instruction and eLearning will continue through our scheduled last day of school on Thursday, June 4. We will share additional information and details as soon as possible regarding additional cycles of eLearning.

    We understand you will have questions and concerns about today’s announcement. Rest assured, our team will develop plans for students and staff to temporarily visit campuses to close out the school year and return materials to school and collect personal belongings that remain on campus.

    We will continue providing daily “grab and go” meal service at 15 designated distribution sites in our community to any child under the age of 18. At this time, we will continue the contactless delivery of Back the Pack food packs to students who rely on this program. Times and locations are available on our website, www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/mealsites.

    Today’s announcement also impacts large events such as high school graduation. We will be announcing plans to recognize our graduates as soon as they are determined. We understand this school year has not gone as planned for our community, and we've been impressed by the commitment to education our students, families, and staff have shown during this unprecedented time.

    For the latest updates on Rock Hill Schools’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus, connect with the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or download the district app.

    We hope everyone will continue to stay safe and healthy as we navigate this situation.

     

    **Update April 2 - 6 p.m.**

    Week three of eLearning wraps up tomorrow, and we all begin a much-deserved Spring Break. We encourage everyone to unplug, relax, and enjoy this time with your family. Our eLearning activities will resume on April 13.

    Next week, our help desks, general support and technology support hotlines will be closed to allow our team members to focus on their family, too.

    During Spring Break, all schools, district facilities and buildings will be closed except for those sites that are providing “grab and go” meals each day. The five school sites and 10 community meal sites will be open for business each day next week. For a complete listing of locations and times, please visit our website www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/mealsites.

    Again, we encourage our staff, students and families to unplug from email and other technology, take a break, and enjoy this time with your family.

    We look forward to reconnecting on April 13. Stay safe and let’s continue to do our part to flatten the curve in South Carolina.

     

    **Update March 31 - 6:30 p.m.**

    Good evening Rock Hill team members and families,

    Tonight’s message includes important updates for you:

    This week, quarter three report cards are being mailed home. Additionally, eLearning packets for students in Pre-K through second grade are being mailed to student’s homes this week.

    Also, beginning Thursday, we are expanding our community feeding sites to include Trexler Lane Mobile Home Park and Rock Pointe Apartments.

    Times and locations are included below. You are reminded that all 15 feeding locations will remain open next week during Spring Break.

    School “Grab and Go” Feeding Sites

    • Belleview Elementary: 8 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Finley Road Elementary: 8 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Richmond Drive Elementary: 8 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Rosewood Elementary: 8 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Oakdale Elementary: 8 – 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. 

    Community “Grab and Go” Feeding Sites with Wi-Fi Hotspots

    • College Downs Park: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Boyd Hill Apartments: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • The Emmett Scott Center: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • The Glens Apartments: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Confederate Park: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Workman Street Apartments: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    • Catawba Indian Reservation Long House: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Cedar Valley: 12 – 1 p.m.
    • Trexler Lane Mobile Home Park: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    • Rock Pointe Apartments: 12 – 1 p.m.

    For the latest updates, please visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus, connect with the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or download the district app.

     

    **Update March 26 - 9:00 a.m.**

    Video message from Superintendent Dr. Cook

     

    **Update March 25 - 4:30 p.m.**

    This is a message about delivery of instructional materials and a change in one community feeding location.

    Tomorrow morning at 8:45 a.m., team members from our transportation department will begin delivering instructional materials that were unable to be delivered last week to elementary school students. Deliveries will also include materials for middle and high school students who were unable to pickup materials at school last week.

    Effective tomorrow, the community feeding site at Friedheim Park will move to the Emmett Scott Center located at 801 Crawford Road. Meals can be picked up between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. All other meal sites continue as scheduled.

    For the latest updates, please visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus, connect with the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or download the district app.

     

    **Update March 24 - 5:00 p.m.**

    Gov. McMaster extends school closure through April 30

    As our state continues to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Henry McMaster announced today in a joint statement with South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman that all schools will remain closed through the end of April.

    Gov. McMaster and Mrs. Spearman praised the state’s teachers and administrators for their efforts to make learning possible for students at home. They added, “We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.”

    The Rock Hill Schools team will ensure the learning process through its eLearning opportunities and instructional resources that will be enhanced on district and school websites in the coming days. Prior to Gov. McMaster’s order to close schools through March 31, teachers prepared lessons to deliver virtually or through learning packets. At this time, we will continue with that work and share additional information and details as soon as possible.

    We understand you will have questions and concerns about today’s announcement. Rest assured, our team continues to work with partners at the state and national levels to address issues facing our students and teachers. Through this closure, we remain committed to ensuring all students are engaged – either via hardcopy packets or online – and that the work is high-quality, manageable, and appropriate while not placing unnecessary burdens on families during this time. Early next week, the district will pause briefly in pushing out new instruction in elementary, middle, and some high school classes to ensure our teachers have the tools and resources they need to support longer-term student engagement. 

    During this extended closure, the district will continue to provide daily “grab and go” meal service at designated distribution sites in our community to any child under the age of 18. As we have previously shared, the Back the Pack program will continue Friday delivery of food packs to students who rely on this program each week during the school year.

    Since March 16, the district has served 12,176 meals at 12 sites in our community. Breakfast and lunch will be offered at 5 elementary schools (Belleview, Finley Road, Oakdale, Richmond Drive, and Rosewood) each weekday between 8-10 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Seven community sites will offer lunch between 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. each weekday. The community sites at this time, are: College Downs Park, Boyd Hill Apartments, Friedheim Park, The Glens Apartments, Confederate Park, Workman Street Apartments, and Catawba Indian Reservation Long House.

    For the latest updates on Rock Hill Schools’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus, connect with the district on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or download the district app.

     

    **Update March 22 - 8:00 p.m.**

    Feeding Sites - 3 New Locations

    Our free “grab and go” meal service will continue Monday through Friday at five school locations throughout this closure. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.
    • Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
    • Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
    • Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
    • Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
    • Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road

    We have adjusted our park locations this week after monitoring turn out at three locations last week. Our “grab and go” meal service will be offered at seven community locations on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the community sites. At each location, meals will be distributed from a Wi-Fi equipped school bus at each location. Students at each site will be able to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots as need to work on eLearning assignments.
    • College Downs Park
    • NEW LOCATION - Boyd Hill Apartments, 1307 Constitution Boulevard
    • Friedheim Park
    • NEW LOCATION - The Glens Apartments, 1041 Glenarden Dr.
    • Confederate Park
    • NEW LOCATION - Workman Street Apartments, 302 Workman St.
    • Catawba Indian Reservation Long House

     

    **Update March 18 - 6:05 p.m.**

    We would like to thank each of our families for your patience over the past few days.

    As planned, eLearning will begin for students tomorrow, Thursday, March 19. We have prepared information to help you understand this eLearning process, and this resource document is available in English and Spanish.

    If you need assistance, please contact us at helpme@rhmail.org or call our dedicated phone support hotline, 803-980-2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. We will work with our team members to retrieve items from your child’s school and, when possible, coordinate delivery to your home. 

    Our free “grab and go” meal service will continue Monday through Friday at five school locations throughout this closure. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.
    •    Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
    •    Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
    •    Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
    •    Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
    •    Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road

    We have expanded our “grab and go” meal service to seven community locations, and will offer meals  on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the community sites. At each location, meals will be distributed from a Wi-Fi equipped school bus at each location. Students at each site will be able to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots as need to work on eLearning assignments.
    •    College Downs Park
    •    Boyd Hill Park - service discontinued 3/22
    •    Friedheim Park
    •    Southland Park - service discontinued 3/22
    •    Confederate Park
    •    Arcade Victoria Park - service discontinued 3/22
    •    Catawba Indian Reservation Long House

    Additionally, students who receive food assistance through the district’s Back the Pack program will continue to receive bags each Friday during the closure. We appreciate our team members who are making this possible.

    Moving forward, our school and district administrative staff will be working virtually and have office hours between 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. to provide assistance to our community. Throughout eLearning, our teachers will also hold office hours to provide assistance to students. Teacher office hours have been shared with students and families through communication from your child’s teacher and school.

    We will maintain regular communication with our families in the weeks ahead and provide updates and adjustments to our schedule as we have additional information to share. Please continue to visit our website at www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/coronavirus and connect with the district on its social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram for updates.

    Again, we thank you for your patience as we share additional information in the days ahead. These are unprecedented and challenging times, but working together as One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill we will get through this as a community.

     

    **Update March 17 - 4:00 p.m.**

    Dear Rock Hill Schools Families,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for your patience and understanding as we work through this constantly evolving situation.

    In an effort to continue the learning process while maintaining safety as a priority, we will continue to limit access to district and school facilities. Families who need to pick-up school materials such as learning packets, textbooks, laptops, or other instructional materials will have an opportunity during designated times by each school on Wednesday. Each school has developed a “drive thru” pick-up process for essential items to limit interaction and exposure. We ask for students and families to remain in their vehicle and allow for school staff to assist. Specific instructions about your child’s school times will be shared this evening by your child’s principal.

    As planned, eLearning will begin for students on Thursday. We have prepared information to help you understand this eLearning process. This resource document is available in English and Spanish.

    If you are unable to pick-up needed materials such as learning packets, textbooks, laptops, or other instructional materials at your child’s school on Wednesday, please contact us at helpme@rhmail.org or call our dedicated phone support hotline, 803-980-2016 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on weekdays. We will work with our Transportation team members to deliver items to your home, if requested.

    Our free “grab and go” meal service will continue at five locations Monday through Friday throughout this closure. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.

    • Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
    • Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
    • Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
    • Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
    • Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road

    Beginning tomorrow, we will expand our “grab and go” meal service to seven additional community locations. The following sites will be open each weekday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will be available at a district school bus at each location. Each site will be a equipped with WiFi hotspots that for students to be able to access the Internet.

    • College Downs Park
    • Boyd Hill Park - service discontinued 3/22
    • Friedheim Park
    • Southland Park - service discontinued 3/22
    • Confederate Park
    • Arcade Victoria Park - service discontinued 3/22
    • Catawba Indian Reservation Long House

    Additionally, students who receive food assistance through the district’s Back the Pack program will continue to receive bags each Friday during the closure. Details will be as soon as possible with families.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, so please check our website at www.rock-hill.k12.sc/coronavirus for updates.  We will communicate on our social media platforms, TwitterFacebookInstagram and via email during the extent of this closure.

    Again, we thank you for your patience as we share additional information in the days ahead. These are unprecedented and challenging times, but working together as One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill we will get through this as a community. 

    Thank you,

     

    **Update March 16 - 6:00 p.m.**

    Recognizing that our teachers and staff need time to prepare lessons, eLearning will begin for students on Thursday. Our team members will be working tomorrow to prepare online lessons and information packets for students. On Tuesday, your child’s school principal will share specific information and schedules for students to pick up laptops, textbooks and other needed resources that may have been left at school last week.

    Earlier today, our community partner Comporium announced plans to offer 60 days of free Internet service to currently unsubscribed homes. The service offered will include “Standard HSI/Package 1” free for 60 days. There will be no connection charges or credit checks for parents or guardians taking advantage of this offer. To qualify, the home has to fit all of the following:

    • Be the primary residence of a student in Kindergarten through grad school,
    • Not be a current Comporium Internet customer,
    • Not have had Internet with Comporium for the past 90 days, and
    • Be located where we could normally serve them. 

    Our free “grab and go” meal service will continue at five locations Monday through Friday throughout this closure. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.

    • Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
    • Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
    • Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
    • Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
    • Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road

    Beginning Wednesday, we will expand our “grab and go” meal service to seven additional community locations. The following sites will be open each weekday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals will be available at a district school bus at each location. Each site will be a equipped with WiFi hotspots that for students to be able to access the Internet.

    • College Downs Park
    • Boyd Hill Park
    • Freedom Park
    • Southland Park
    • Confederate Park
    • Arcade Victoria Park
    • Catawba Indian Reservation Long House

    Additionally, students who receive food assistance through the district’s Back the Pack program will continue to receive bags each Friday during the closure. Details will be shared on Tuesday with families.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, so please check our website at www.rock-hill.k12.sc/coronavirus for updates.  We will communicate on our social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and via email during the extent of this closure. You may contact our district hotline at 803-980-2016 with questions or e-mail healthconcerns@rhmail.org.

    Again, we thank you for your patience as we share additional information in the days ahead. These are unprecedented and challenging times, but working together as One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill we will get through this as a community. 

     

    **Update March 16, 12:00 p.m.**

    Attention parents/guardians of students who participate in Challenger after school school program:

    We apologize that we were not able to stop payment on your weekly draft payment for this week. We are now working to reverse the payment and issue refunds on Thursday or Friday. During this extended closure, please know that we have placed a hold on future drafts until we return to school.

     

    **Update March 15, 9:00 p.m.**

    First, thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unchartered waters. Like many in our community, you may have questions about the days and events ahead. This email provides information about our initial plan for students and families.

    In order to support families in our district, we will begin offering free “grab and go” breakfast and lunch services at five locations to all students. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.

    • Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
    • Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
    • Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
    • Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
    • Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road

    Other than families who need to pick up a breakfast or lunch, we ask that no one visit our school campuses on Monday or Tuesday.

    We are determining how to grant limited access to parents and students on Wednesday to pick up laptops, textbooks and other needed resources that may have been left at school last week. Additionally, Pre-Kindergarten through Second Grade learning packets will be distributed at school sites on Wednesday. The learning process will continue. Distribution schedules will be finalized and communicated by your child’s principal no later than Tuesday evening. To assist families who may not be able to pick-up materials at school, alternate plans including delivery of materials by our school bus drivers are being made and will be communicated in the coming days.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, so please check our website at www.rock-hill.k12.sc/coronavirus for updates.  We will communicate on our social media platforms, TwitterFacebook, Instagram and via email during the extent of this closure.

    Again, we thank you for your patience as we share additional information in the days ahead. These are unprecedented and challenging times, but working together as One Team on One Mission for One Rock Hill we will get through this as a community. 

     

    **Update March 15, 4:15 p.m.**

    In keeping with Gov. Henry McMaster’s order earlier today, Rock Hill Schools will be closed for students beginning tomorrow, Monday, March 16 through at least the end of the month.

    During this time, all athletic and extracurricular activities are canceled during this closure as well.

    During this time, our buildings will be completely shut down to students and only essential personnel will be allowed on campus to maintain our operations. There will be no activities in our schools and no off-site school activities of any kind.

    Our staff will be engaged in preparing alternative remote learning opportunities for students during this closure. We will provide additional specifics about the process this evening.

    Our food service team has identified school sites that will be designated to provide meals for students. We will provide additional specifics about this process as soon as possible this evening.

    This is a rapidly changing situation, so please check our website at www.rock-hill.k12.sc/coronavirus for updates. We will communicate on our social media platforms, Twitter and Facebook, and via email during the extent of this closure, as well. Additional communication will be sent to staff this evening about information relevant to employees.

    We thank you for your patience as we share additional information.

    These are unprecedented and challenging times, but we will get through this as a community.

     

    **Update March 15, 9:30 a.m.**

    As questions continue to be asked about closing school, we believe it is important to let our community know that any closure decision will be made in conjunction with the SC Department of Education and the Governor’s office with direct involvement of SC DHEC and other medical professionals. At this time, the combined knowledge of those entities and experts has not led to a closure. Our emergency response team remains in constant contact with York County Emergency Management and SC DHEC officials and monitors the latest information. We are also in regular correspondence with other area districts. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate this unprecedented situation.

     

    **Update March 13, 5:30 p.m.**

    Due to rising concerns surrounding travel related to COVID-19, the district is canceling all out-of-district field trips and staff travel effective Monday, March 16, until further notice. While SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not placed restrictions on domestic travel, we believe this action is in the best interest of our students and staff. Adding to this decision, several destination events and activities planned for these trips have been canceled by the organizers. The district will work with sponsors and organizers to determine the availability of refunds and any information on this matter will be communicated at a later date.  

    All in-district activities and athletic events will continue as planned at this time, but the district is monitoring the situation daily and may make further announcements regarding these events. When possible, events that are impacted may be rescheduled. We will keep our community informed of any changes as soon as they are determined.

    As always, we encourage everyone to practice proper hygiene, hand washing and to please stay home if you are feeling ill. We will continue to update our district website with information as it is made available, along with useful links to resources about the virus and preventative measures. Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and healthy.

     

    **Update March 10, 11 a.m.**
    Over the weekend, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control announced it was investigating six presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in Charleston, Kershaw, and Spartanburg Counties. Rock Hill Schools continues to monitor developments, and guidance on prevention from DHEC and the CDC has not changed.

    We are also continuing to emphasize to our students and staff the importance of preventative measures, including washing your hands frequently, covering your cough and staying at home if you’re sick. If you have any questions or concerns, contact your health care provider or call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. 

    Possibility of Closures

    At this time, we consider closure of schools for an extended time due to health concerns to be unlikely, but possible. The decision to close schools due to coronavirus would only be made under direct guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Education. In addition, the South Carolina Department of Education, in partnership with SC DHEC and other state leaders, are exploring flexibility in the unlikely event of extended school closures. 

    Field Trips

    Rock Hill Schools is monitoring all of our field trips and school-sponsored travel and may cancel trips as necessary based on travel advisories from the CDC. At this time, there are no travel restrictions within the U.S. As always, parents reserve the right to limit their children's participation in field trips due to safety concerns. RHSD cannot guarantee refunds on prepaid travel expenses.

     Thank you for helping us keep our community safe and healthy!

     

    **Update February 27**

    COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus, has continued to spread overseas and there have been 14 confirmed cases in the United States, as of February 27. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), of those 14 confirmed cases 12 are travel related and 2 are person to person transfer. While the virus has not become widespread in the United States and government agencies are working to prevent or contain any cases identified on U.S. soil, our district continues to monitor the situation. Rock Hill Schools will work closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to stay informed of any developments of confirmed cases in the U.S. and implement any recommendations or guidelines from the CDC or SC DHEC as they are determined.

    According to SC DHEC, the chances of being infected are low unless a person traveled to China or had contact with a person under investigation (PUI) or a laboratory-confirmed case of the disease. If a child or staff member is ill and did not travel to China or have known contact with a COVID-19 case, it is highly unlikely that he or she is at risk for COVID-19.

    While this virus has not impacted our area, there are great resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus symptoms, preventative measures and current confirmed cases. Links to these resources can be found below.

    As always we encourage everyone to practice proper handwashing, cover mouth and nose with tissue when coughing or sneezing, and children or staff should stay home if they are ill.