Batesburg-Leesville, SC 02/02/2021 - This morning, Tuesday, February 2, 2021, the Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School returned to all on-line, remote learning. This was done because a number of staff members at the school were being required to quarantine due to close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or because they have tested positive themselves. According to the school district's spokeswoman, "This situation is directly impacting the safe and efficient operation of our school and classrooms.
Mackenzie Taylor, the district's director of communications and community relations, said Monday, "Our highest priority in Lexington County School District Three is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for all students and staff. In keeping with this commitment, administrators are shifting all third, fourth and fifth grade students who are in the face-to-face learning model at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School to remote learning beginning on Tuesday, February 2nd through Friday, February 5th.” She went on to say that parents should make note that at the current time, the plan is for all students at B-L Elementary School to return to face-to-face learning on Monday, February 8th. However, administrators and nurses are closely following this situation and will make a final determination and announcement regarding the plan to return to in-person learning later this week.
Parents should stay tuned to the district’s website (www.lex3.org), social media platforms and in-coming phone messages for more information that will be forthcoming.
Taylor went on to say, “We want to emphasize that while all face-to-face students at B-L Elementary School are shifting to remote learning, only those students who were identified as close contacts (and subsequently notified by school officials) are required to quarantine at this time. All parents, however, should monitor their student for any COVID-like symptoms and contact their health care provider if needed. Students or staff members who develop COVID-like symptoms or test positive for the virus should also notify school officials by calling (803) 532-1155.”
While in full remote learning, instruction is expected to continue - school is not closed. Each student’s teachers will provide scheduled support and assignments through Google Classroom and are available by email or phone. You may also call the school with questions or concerns at (803) 532-1155. If your child needs Internet access during the remote learning period, please fill out the “Internet Hotspot Request Form” that can be found under the Quick Links section of District Three’s website (www.lex3.org). Someone from the technology staff will contact that parent or guardian to make arrangements for pick-up of the device.
This transition to remote learning is a necessary requirement due to staffing constraints, but it is District Three’s priority to continue to provide academic learning and support during this period while ensuring the health and safety of all students and staff.
Free Meal Pick-Up Information:
Parents of B-L Elementary School students who would like to pick-up free meals should make plans to do so on Wednesday, February 3rd via the Lexington Three bus that travels around town. Route information and pick-up times can be found by visiting www.lex3.org and looking under the COVID Resources tab at the top of the homepage.
Please note, the shift to full remote learning does not impact students who are currently on the district’s VIP (all virtual) program.