Proviso 1A.83. of the 2019-20 General Appropriation bill, H.4000, as recommended by the Conference Committee on May 20, 2019 and adopted by the House and Senate, requires the Education Oversight Committee (EOC) to oversee implementation of the second year of a pilot program for alternative methods of instruction for school make-up days. The eLearning pilot will expand from the original five districts that participated in school year 2018-19 (Anderson 5; Kershaw; Pickens; Spartanburg 1 and Spartanburg 7), which are referred to as Cohort 1, to an additional five to ten districts that will comprise Cohort 2.
What is an eLearning Day?
Berkeley County School District has been approved to pilot eLearning days during the 19-20 school year. This means that BCSD students will have the opportunity to participate in instruction from home on designated inclement weather make up days outlined on the district instructional calendar.
There are 3 designated eLearning dates for the 19-20 school year:
- Friday, October 25, 2019
- Friday, March 13, 2020
- Friday, April 10, 2020
A letter from Dr. Ingram about BCSD's upcoming eLearning Day
Published Saturday, October 19, 2019
Berkeley County School District Superintendent Dr. Eddie Ingram sent the following letter to all parents and employees this week about the October 25 eLearning Day. On what will be the first of three eLearning Days for BCSD, students will stay home for the preserved teacher work day and complete assignments using mostly virtual methods. Additional information about BCSD's eLearning Pilot can be found at http://www.bcsdelearning.net.
As Berkeley County School District continues to pursue opportunities that better prepare students for their future and not our past, how we address the issue of missed days due to inclement weather is no exception.
October 25th will be our school district’s first of three eLearning Days. On this day, students will stay home and complete work, with teachers available to guide lessons as needed through virtual office hours.
Traditionally, school districts have used valuable teacher workdays as makeup days for inclement weather. Our participation in the South Carolina Education Oversight Committee’s eLearning Pilot allows our district to make good use of the technology our teachers use to enhance learning, while also preserving essential time needed for collaboration, planning and the preparation of instruction.
eLearning lessons will be available for students on October 25th by 7 a.m. Should a student not be able to complete eLearning assignments on the designated day he/she will have three school days to make up the work. There will also be accommodations made for primary age students and those who may not have internet service.
As this will be our first attempt to utilize an eLearning Day as a solution to overcome interruptions in instruction, we will be looking for feedback from teachers, students, parents and administrators. It is our goal to ensure we make improvements as needed in our attempt to avoid tacking days onto the end of the school year.
I encourage you to become familiar with the BCSD eLearning Pilot Guide (http://www.bcsdelearning.net) found on our website. On this page you will find important information for parents, students and teachers.
We are confident we can make this work for our teachers and students, and we appreciate your support.
Dr. Eddie Ingram
Berkeley County School District