E-Learning For Some Schools In District 55

*Dear Laurens County School District 55 Family,*

*After reviewing the data from the past two days, consulting with
principals, and looking at the trend for COVID-related activity in our
schools, we have concluded that it has become increasingly difficult to
operate some of our schools safely. A few of our schools have reached a
critical point where we cannot provide quality and safe educational
experiences due to the high percentage of staff member absences required to
isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure. While we remain committed
to providing in-person learning to all students, these recent developments
in staff shortages have forced us to make the difficult decision to shift
the following schools to eLearning beginning on Thursday, January 13, 2022:*


   *Ford Elementary School *

   *Gray Court-Owings School *

   *Hickory Tavern School *

   *Laurens Elementary School*

   *Laurens Middle School *

   *Laurens District 55 High School *

*On Monday, January 17, 2022, schools will be closed in observance of Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday. All schools will transition back to
in-person on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. *

*Principals will meet with staff members of these schools to provide all
information needed to ensure learning will continue at home. They will
guide teachers on sending computers home and posting assignments in Google
Classroom and any other information necessary for a successful eLearning
experience. Paper assignments will also be made available for those who may
not have internet access. Student Nutrition will send meals home tomorrow
with students at the schools mentioned above for the remainder of the
week. *

*The custodial staff will thoroughly clean school buildings in the interim
to ensure that they are ready for students when they return on Tuesday,
January 18, 2022. We will continue to monitor the data and keep everyone
posted regarding any changes. At this point, the remainder of the schools
in the district will operate on a regular schedule for the rest of the
week. Thank you for understanding, being flexible, and working together as
we navigate these challenging times to make the best decisions for the
students of Laurens County School District 55. *


*Ameca C. Thomas, Ph.D. *

*Superintendent *

Jody Penland, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services
Laurens County School District 55
301 Hillcrest Drive
Laurens, SC 29360
Office - 864-984-3568
Fax - 864-984-8129
Cell - 864-871-2496