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Lexington Two moving forward to next phase of return to in-person instruction

West Columbia, SC. - Lexington Two will move forward with the next phase of return to in-person instruction five days a week, with select groups of students returning in November.

The Board of Trustees approved at its monthly meeting on Tuesday a phased-in approach, presented by Superintendent Dr. William B. James Jr.,  with several groups scheduled to begin on Thursday, November 12. They include:

  • 4K-2nd grades

  • K-12 self-contained special education 

  • 6th grade

  • Innovation Center students, who will attend career/technology courses, as well as academic courses at the home high schools

This phased-in approach gives schools time to adjust to serving more students in the building and on district transportation, while phasing in select student groups in need of face-to-face time.   

With a successful transition, the remaining elementary, middle and high school students not currently in the full-time Virtual Academy are tentatively scheduled to return to in-person instruction five days a week in early December.

To prepare for the safest return, the district is now installing up to 6,000 additional Plexiglass dividers for student desks, to supplement social distancing to the greatest extent possible within classrooms. Masks will continue to be a requirement of students, staff and visitors on district property, on district transportation, and while attending school-related activities.

The district also will continue health and safety protocols already in place, including:

  • Thorough cleaning and disinfecting of classrooms, restrooms, cafeterias, hallways, offices and other school spaces prior to the arrival of students and again with the departure of faculty and administrators at the end of each school day. Misting machines are in use in each school and in transportation for disinfecting

  • Wipe-downs throughout the school day of high-touch areas such as door knobs, sink handles, paper towel dispensers, light switches, and commonly used equipment 

  • Disinfectant products in classrooms so that high-touch items and surfaces can be cleaned frequently

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers throughout schools

  • Cleaning and disinfecting of playground equipment after each recess schedule, with athletic equipment cleaned and disinfected daily

Lexington Two will continue daily monitoring of COVID-19 cases in its schools, as well as DHEC case data from the community, to determine any necessary adjustments. Case information is updated regularly and posted to district and school websites.

Lexington Two’s Virtual Academy students will continue in their current instructional program. Requests to move back to in-person instruction -- or, move from in-person to the Virtual Academy -- may be made by emailing Changes may be made at the end of a quarter for elementary and middle students, and at the end of the semester for high school students. Such requests will only be considered on a space-available basis.


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