10-30-2020 — Middle schools next to phase into face-to-face instruction four days a week

Lexington County School District One announces plans for middle school students to begin the Four Plus One instruction model.

On Monday, November 9, Cohort A and B sixth grade students will begin attending school for face-to-face instruction four days a week (Monday–Thursday). Fridays will remain e-learning days.

A week later, on Monday, November 16, Cohort A and B seventh grade and eighth grade students will also come back to face-to-face instruction four days a week (Monday–Thursday) and Friday e-learning days.

This plan does not impact students in the Online Learning Academy.

“The district’s reentry plan focuses on taking deliberate, purposeful steps to minimize student and staff exposure,” said Superintendent Dr. Gregory Little. “We are successfully serving kindergarten through fifth grade students with face-to-face instruction four days a week, and we believe our safety protocols will allow us to serve our middle school students safely as well.”

In the next few weeks, the district will install Plexiglass in middle school classrooms to ensure the safest possible environment.

Bringing middle school students into the Four-Plus-One model creates challenges because middle school students change classes many times during the day and have other opportunities to gather in groups as they participate in athletics, performing arts and other activities.

To mitigate these risks, the district asks families to continue to reinforce with students the importance of:
• wearing a mask while on a school bus and campus.
• practicing good hygiene (wash/sanitize hands often, cover coughs/sneezes with inside of elbow or tissue, etc.).
• practicing social-distancing measures in classrooms and common areas.
• following school officials’ directions regarding health and safety.
• letting a teacher or another staff member know immediately if they don’t feel well or think they may have any of the following symptoms: cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fever; chills; muscle pain; sore throat; loss of taste or smell; congestion or runny nose; nausea; vomiting; or diarrhea.

As Lexington District One continues to safely bring students back, the next step focuses on high schools. More information about reentry plans for high school students will be announced in the next few weeks.