A Message from our Superintendent
In spite of the challenges presented by the pandemic crisis this school year, Greenwood School District 50 continued to help all students develop the world class skills of the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate by providing high quality educational services to every student in our district!
In March, our 2019-2020 school year was completely altered by the S.C. Governor’s order to close all schools in our district due to the coronavirus. Our faculty and staff immediately began working on ways we would continue to deliver services to our students to make them successful. The task was daunting, but at no time did our teachers, administrators, or staff make excuses. We continued to remain focused on always doing what was best for our students.
Over 4,000 distance learning packets were assembled and distributed to our elementary students during the first week of the closure. These packets were delivered to students in drive-thru setups at our elementary schools every three weeks. Elementary students also were provided access to online platforms to enhance their learning.
Our state-of-the-art technology was illustrated through our 1:1 technology initiative in middle and high school. Middle and high school students utilized their Chromebooks to access E-Learning activities on Google Classroom. Administrators and teachers held virtual office hours in the mornings and afternoons to assist students with any questions or concerns. Technical support was also provided to our students, teachers, and parents by our Computing Services staff.
Our dedicated Child Nutrition staff offered free breakfasts and lunches throughout the school closure. These tremendous individuals served over 230,000 meals during the school closure to students and families in our district! The success of our emergency meals sites would not have been possible without the support of our school and community volunteers as well. Local churches, civic, and nonprofit organizations delivered free meals to families in our district who did not have transportation. Local restaurants such as Chick-Fil-A, Dairy Queen, and Papa Johns donated food to all of our sites during the closure.
We are extremely proud of our Class of 2020 staying strong during this difficult time! While we were unable to hold our traditional graduation ceremonies, our district and high school administration worked hard to celebrate the accomplishments of our seniors in a safe and memorable way. Graduation ceremonies were held outdoors at our high school football fields on May 28th and May 29th. Seniors were limited to two tickets as ordered by the State Department of Education. Both ceremonies adhered to policies and procedures recommended by the Governor, State Superintendent of Education, and health officials. We received tons of positive reviews from seniors, parents, and staff who attended graduation.
Community partnerships have played a pivotal role in our success throughout the pandemic crisis. Western Carolina Tel (WCTEL), a local fiber network company, partnered with our district to offer free internet connectivity to families in their service area and free community Wi-Fi hotspots. The company also assisted with live-streaming our graduation exercises to families that were unable to attend the ceremonies. Ascend, a local manufacturing company, and T-Mobile provided generous monetary donations to support our homeless students with emergency needs during the closure. The Lakelands YMCA and Legacy City Church distributed over 30,000 emergency meals and distance learning resources to students and families with no transportation. We are excited about strengthening and creating partnerships with other organizations in our community that align with our mission and vision as a district!
While we are extremely proud of our accomplishments this year, we realize that the global pandemic crisis will continue to bring a variety of unknowns and a high level of stress and anxiety for so many people. However, we truly believe this situation will make Greenwood stronger as a school district and community. We approach the year ahead with a renewed sense of purpose as we work with our community to produce college and career ready graduates for a 21st century workforce!
Greenwood School District 50