On behalf of the Barnwell 19 Board of Trustees, I would like to welcome you back to Blackville-Hilda Public Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This year we face the unprecedented challenge of providing our students with a quality education while ensuring the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff.
Over the summer, the district leadership team developed a reopening plan that is going to make our classrooms look very different this year. In addition to face-to-face instruction on a hybrid schedule, we will also be instructing a vast majority of our students virtually. While virtual instruction may be outside of many teachers' comfort zone, I am confident that each will rise to the challenge and become some of the best virtual teachers in the state.
In addition, the leadership team, under the guidance of the State Department of Education and the Department of Health and Environmental Control have developed health and safety protocols for out students, faculty, and staff. While many of these protocols may be inconvenient, let us remember that the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our top priority. Please emphasize to our students the importance of social distancing and wearing masks.
We have purchased or received from the state masks, hand sanitizer, face shields, cleaning supplies and other personal protection equipment to ensure that everyone in our buildings are protected and that our buildings are clean and sanitized.
I know many of you may be anxious as we return to school under these conditions, but I am confident we will rise to the occasion as we have done so many times in the past. Please know that your principals, the district office staff, and I are here to support you in your endeavors. Please feel free to express your concerns.
As always, thank you for your dedication to the children of our district.
David W. Corder
Barnwell School District 19