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District Update - February 9, 2021

On Monday evening the Clover School District Board of Trustees met for their monthly work session.  The Superintendent and board agreed to transition to the 4+1 hybrid model on Monday, February 22, 2021 and designated a target return date to five days in-person on Monday, March 8, 2021.  

The Hybrid 4+1 Model will be Monday through Thursday with SEE Day remaining on Friday during this short transition period to five days.

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These dates will give the district time to:

  • Finish installation of desk shields in Oakridge Middle and Clover High in all classrooms;
  • Increase the number of students on campus 4 days and monitor to ensure spread remains low;
  • Work with students who need to recover 1st semester credits on Friday (SEE Day – through March 5th);
  • Implement a vaccine clinic on Fridays if educators are moved into Phase 1A.

In November, the middle and high schools began to strategically increase the number of students on campus Monday through Thursday and on SEE Day to provide targeted help for struggling students.  Currently, middle and high schools are serving 60-70% of their student populations four days per week. This soft entry into the hybrid 4+1 model has helped acclimate students and staff to the safety protocols necessary for a return to full in-person learning.  Since mid-January, the positive COVID numbers in Clover schools have remained low. See data from schools below.

 

8-Jan

15-Jan

22-Jan

29-Jan

5-Feb

9-Feb

CMS

5

10

10

7

0

0

OMS

5

8

5

4

1

0

CHS

9

12

11

9

4

3

District

36

43

43

34

13

10

 

Within the community, there has been a very evident downward trend in COVID numbers over the final three weeks of January.

  • The Incident Rate per 100,000 was over 1,200 and is down to 696
  • The Percent Positive rate was over 30% and is now down to 11.1%
  • Trend data is reported at low

This information, coupled with the full installation of shields, high fidelity with quarantining and isolating potential cases, and the implementation of in-district COVID testing to quickly identify positive cases has contributed to the decision that we are ready to gradually increase in-person learning. 

As always, we will monitor the number of students and staff who are positive, quarantining, or isolating to ensure the model is successful.  If the data indicates there are concerns for the safety of students and staff, we will adjust accordingly.   We know there will be families with special medical circumstances.  If you are one of those families, please contact us here (LINK). 

We are excited to report that Clover and York School Districts have been approved by DHEC to partner on an aggressive plan to offer vaccinations as soon as school personnel are cleared to begin. 

As we increase the number of students on campus, this serves as a reminder for everyone to remain resolute in following all safety procedures, including wearing masks during designated times and in designated locations, avoiding crowds both inside and outside of school, and washing/sanitizing hands often.  Throughout this year, our students and staff have done a great job following these protocols at school.  It will be important to continue to implement these precautions with fidelity.

As a result of these changes, there will be an impact on bus routes.  The middle school schedule will move from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. beginning Monday, February 22, 2021, to accommodate bus routes and the need for space on the bus.  There will be minimal change to morning pick up times at middle school and the students will return home earlier.  

For additional information on transportation, please call 803-810-8190 or email busofficetrans@clover.k12.sc.us.