Batesburg-Leesville, SC (Paul Kirby) - Lexington County School District Three is preparing to transition additional students to face-to-face instruction. Students in grades 6th through 8th at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School who are in the current hybrid schedule will transition to a four day per week in-person model beginning on November 2nd.
Since school started in August, students who chose the hybrid model have attended in-person classes two days a week and then worked virtually three days a week. The new four days per week model will allow students to attend in-person classes at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, leaving Wednesdays as virtual learning days. The four days per week model will run through November 13th and then, provided that COVID conditions are favorable, face-to-face students will begin a five days per week model on November 16th.
A district spokesperson said Thursday that the VIP or all virtual program will continue unchanged. Daily start and dismissal times will remain the same for now, but they are under review and are subject to change.
Once students return to the additional face-to-face days, the social distancing of students and staff members will continue to be observed as much as possible. Plexiglass panels will be used for every student in every class at Batesburg-Leesville Middle School. Face coverings will also continue to be required for students and staff members while they are inside of the school. In addition, students will still be screened each day for COVID symptoms via temperature checks prior to entering the building.
Parents or guardians of face-to-face students who will now need to rely on bus transportation to get their child to and from school as a result of these transitions should contact the Transportation Department by no later than October 29th to complete a Transportation Request Form. The Transportation Department can be reached by phone at 803-532-8007. Transportation Request Forms can also be found by visiting www.lex3.org and looking under the Transportation Department section under the Departments tab at the top of the homepage.
Lexington County School District Three administrators said Thursday that they are working through the scheduling logistics of transitioning face-to-face students at Batesburg-Leesville High School to more frequent in-person classes now. A determination of a potential transition for high school students will be made no later than November 11th. In the meantime, any students who need additional face-to-face instruction can receive extra support on Wednesdays by reaching out to their teacher(s) or the BLHS administration.