To our deeply admired and respected Panther family,
As Lexington County School District Three looks ahead and plans for the 2020-2021 school year, we want to express our sincerest gratitude to each of you for the resilience you have displayed over the past few months in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. We could never have predicted that our final time together last school year would be our centennial production of The Wizard of Oz musical on March 14th. The following day, schools were shut down and centuries of traditional education took a dramatic turn to an all-virtual platform. In true keeping, though, with what it means to be a Panther, each of you demonstrated courage and determination to continue learning and together, we overcame extraordinary circumstances.
We hope you’ve had a moment to catch your breath as a family since summer break began just a few weeks ago. At the Lexington Three District Office, we have been busier than ever, monitoring guidelines and recommendations we have been receiving from national and state agencies and formulating a plan to bring the Panther family back together in some manner for the new school year. At times, the task at hand has been daunting, but it is our ultimate goal to create equitable and meaningful learning experiences for every child in our great school district while at the same time, keeping our students and staff safe, healthy and well.
We know and understand the great importance of returning to an in-person learning model, not just for academics, but also for the social, emotional and physical well-being of our students. However, as we continue to see a rising rate of virus transmission in our area and across the state, we must be responsible and take prudent steps to ensure that our schools do not contribute to the spread in our community.
The following documents present our current plans for the 2020-2021 school year. These models represent many weeks of research and collaborative planning with our Learning and Operations Team, which is a group of educational specialists put together specifically to plan for school amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we have sought feedback from a parent panel, poured over documents from medical experts and followed advice from neighboring school districts, the SC Department of Education and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. Please know that due to the constantly changing nature of this pandemic, our plans are evolving and are subject to change. However, regardless of the path that the new school year ultimately takes, Lexington Three students will continue to receive high-quality, standards-based instruction that will propel them forward in their educational careers.
Please be on the lookout for a Parent Choice Form that will be forthcoming via regular mail. You will use this form to select the learning model that best fits your family at this time and that your child will use for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year. Please also note that all students, regardless of the learning model they use, will be required to participate in our district-wide registration event. Stay tuned for additional information about this as well.
Finally, please make note of the updated Lexington Three 2020-2021 calendar that was approved at the Special Called Meeting of the Lexington Three Board of Trustees on July 14th. More details regarding LEAP days and staggered student start dates will be forthcoming.
Thank you for entrusting your children to us! ---The Lexington Three Administration Team