COVID-19 Updates

Updated May 27

May 27 email from Dr. Nelson

May 18 email from Dr. Nelson

May 7 email from Dr. Nelson

April 29 email from Dr. Nelson

April 22 Update: BJA finishing academic year online

April 16 email from Dr. Nelson

April 10 email from Dr. Nelson

April 3 email from Dr. Nelson

March 28 email from Dr. Nelson

March 25 email from Dr. Nelson

March 24 email from Dr. Nelson

March 19 email from Dr. Nelson

March 15 announcement

From the Principals

A message from elementary principal, Dr. Copeland

A message from secondary principal, Mr. Hunt

Online Learning Information

Platforms/Classes

  • K3–Grade 5: SeeSaw CLASS, an easy and free platform
    • SeeSaw CLASS works on every device type including Chromebooks, computers, iOS devices, Android devices, and Kindle devices.
    • Instruction will be delivered in short videos available to be watched daily at your convenience.
    • Feedback and assessments are easily collected within SeeSaw CLASS.
    • Here’s a sneak peek of SeeSaw CLASS.
  • Grades 6–12: Google Classroom (BJALearn), already in use by many classes
    • Google Classroom works on Chromebooks, PC’s, and other devices.
    • Instruction will be delivered asynchronously; any synchronous opportunity will be recorded and may be viewed later.
    • Feedback and assessments will be easily collected within the platform.
    • Here are helpful hints for parents.
    • English, Math, Science, and Social Studies assignments will be due only on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays.
    • All other courses will be due on Tuesdays or Thursdays (Grades 6–8: no work for Study Hall or OPS).
  • Printers are not needed.
  • Devices: if your family will be hard-pressed to make it work with the devices you already own, would you let us know? We have 60 older Chromebooks available, which we currently use at the middle school. If your family needs to borrow one, fill out this form by 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23, so we can evaluate the needs across the school and help as we are able. If you fill out the form, we’ll contact you on Tuesday, March 24, about whether we’ll be able to provide your family with an extra Chromebook.
  • Internet: Spectrum has offered to help.

Technical Support

  • K3–Grade 5: contact teacher by email or online
  • Grades 6–12: contact teacher by email or Google Classroom; see support page for basic technology needs; if Chromebook breaks, call high school office 8 a.m.–5 p.m. weekdays (864) 770-1394

Teacher Virtual Office Hours for Online Learning (beginning April 1)

You’re welcome to contact our teachers anytime. Teachers are available for quicker responses during office hours.

K3–K5

  • K3: 8:30–9:30 a.m.; 1–2 p.m.
  • K4: 9–10 a.m.; 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • K5: 9:30–10:30 a.m.; 2–3 p.m.
  • Related Arts: 9:30–10:30 a.m.; 1–2 p.m.

Grades 1–5

  • 1st Grade: 8:30–9:30 a.m.; 1–2 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade: 9–10 a.m.; 1–2 p.m.
  • 3rd Grade: 9:30–10:30 a.m.; 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • 4th Grade: 10–11 a.m.; 1:30–2:30 p.m.
  • 5th Grade: 10:30–11:30 a.m.; 2–3 p.m.
  • Related Arts and LRC: 9:30–10:30 a.m.; 1–2 p.m.

Grades 6–12

  • Teacher’s regular class schedule
    • For English, Math, Science, and Social Studies: MWF class schedule
    • For other subjects: TTh class schedule (no office hours for Study Hall or OPS)
  • Email or use student’s Google Classroom communication features (e.g. chat)
  • Academic support

Communication—Especially Getting Started

Beginning Monday, March 30, teachers will email parents and secondary students with information about successfully accessing the needed platforms. Please watch for this information and respond as requested to ensure you are ready for online learning to begin.

We will work to keep all communications as concise as possible, but parents and secondary students will receive many updates from teachers.

How can parents help? 

  • Proactively communicate with teachers when you have a question or concern (see teacher office hours above).
  • Encourage independent learning in an age- and grade-appropriate way.
  • Help your student in a way that is consistent with the teacher’s instructions.
  • For Grades 6–12, use your student’s BJA Learn login information to access specific course instructions and information.
  • Frequently check Sycamore for current grades. Discuss with your student’s teachers if you see a downward trend that you cannot resolve with your student.

How do students engage? 

  • Ask your teacher for help right away when you don’t understand the instructions or the course content (see teacher’s office hours above).
  • Find out what is required in each class.
  • Read, watch, or listen to all communication given by the teacher.
  • Follow instructions as given.
  • Finish all work by the due date given by the teacher.
  • Submit assignments as requested.
  • Regularly look at updated grades and any feedback from your teacher.

How will teachers accommodate?

  • Adjust class expectations to accommodate our students’ new learning environment.
  • Respond to questions during office hours, and for questions not during office hours within 24 hours on weekdays.
  • Complete grading including posting on Sycamore within two days of the assignment’s due date.

Cancellations and Other Adjustments

Canceled

  • March 19 ES chapel choir concert
  • March 20 NSDA Speech & Debate Tournament
  • April 1 BJA Briefing
  • April 3 Field Day
  • April 3 Jog-A-Thon
  • April 3–11 NY trip
  • April 4 ACT (students registered will be rescheduled for June 13 or July 18)
  • April 7 ES Government Officials Day
  • April 7 Grade 4 trip to Columbia
  • Elementary field trips, chapel days, and concerts
  • Middle school girls soccer games
  • High school girls soccer games
  • High school golf matches
  • High school cheerleading tryouts
  • April 22–25 VEX Robotics World Championship
  • April 27 Athletics awards ceremony
  • K3 – 5: onsite book fair; however, Vacation Stations are available about a block from school, at The Educator’s Marketplace at 1430 Wade Hampton Blvd #212
  • Middle school play and concerts
  • High school concerts
  • Junior-Senior Banquet
  • Speech & Debate banquet
  • Drama Class plays
  • Class parties for Freshmen, Sophomore, and Senior Classes
  • Media Luncheon

Continuing as planned

  • April 10 Good Friday—no school (no assignments given or due; no office hours)

Other Adjustments

  • Music lessons: online
  • High school Student Body Officer and Class Officer elections: online
  • Achievement testing (K5–Grade 10): by parental request, see April 29 email (top of page)
  • See numerous other adjustments in the April 29 email (top of page)