News Items of Interest
Follow the Money!
If you are unhappy with your District 66 Representative, look at where Gilda Cobb-Hunter campaign finances come from. Much is from out of state to represent our district. Over her tenure, over $540,000.00 to run for re-election, often unopposed. Who has really been benefiting from her representation?
Find a free COVID-19 testing location near you...
This may be a handy link from SC DHEC to find a free COVID testing close to your location. Nothing wrong with having it handy. Know your risk, be smart, stay safe, and don't stop living.
Without Change - Nothing Changes!
Time to get serious about the future of our district. Whether voting by Absentee Ballot or at the polling precinct, take your time to vote to make a change. My aim is to help you and to promote our district. It is time to work to phase out personal property tax on vehicles, improve education achievement , re-purpose closed school properties, create partnerships to expand broadband internet, create incentives for our families, to stand up for the rights of the unborn, help small businesses start and thrive, promote our people and communities to attract new business, and ensure access to urgent healthcare and other vital community services. I am the PRO-DISTRICT 66 REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE... I'm asking for your vote so I may work for all of the needs of all of us. Take your time when casting your ballot one race at a time - break from tradition and vote a Split Ticket.
2020 Important Voting Dates
Election day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Vote as you always have; request an Absentee Ballot or mask up and go to the polls on election day.
- The deadline for registering by mail to vote is (postmarked by) Monday, October 5, 2020.
- The deadline to request an Absentee ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 30, 2020.
District 66 Democrats, don't easily give your vote away. It's time to abandon the practice of voting a straight party ballot. VOTE A SPLIT BALLOT..!! Consider candidates for each race, regardless of party, not all represent you anymore. Some just expect your vote year after year. Make a change - vote for change. I'd be honored to represent you and to work for our district!
Palmetto Pride's Role in Reducing Litter
Ways to reduce the litter along our roadways and in our rural areas. Communities can partner with Palmetto Pride for reporting, surveillance, resources, and assistance.
Orangeburg County School District OCSD COVID-19 Update/Plan.
Check out our Comprehensive Safe Reopening Plan
“The 82-page document in its entirety is largely intended as an internal reference to guide school leaders, teachers, and staff in our processes and protocols,” District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster stated. “While the document is very thorough and specific, it is also well organized, and we believe will provide greater understanding to students, parents/guardians on the levels of re-entry, health and safety protocols, instructional models, and logistics.”
As previously detailed, all students will begin the 2020-2021 school year virtually through Orangeburg Online through September 11.
• August 10-14: Kindergarten through eighth grade teachers and students (on designated days) will come back to school for L.E.A.P. to reconnect and engage in small group meetings and orientation, hands-on technical support during computer/device distribution, and family/special service meetings.
• August 17-21: Teachers and staff will engage in professional development in Orangeburg Online.
• August 24-28: Students in kindergarten through 8th grade will begin learning virtually; high school student orientations/device distribution.
• August 31: High School students join elementary and middle school students in virtual learning.
OCSD’s Reopening Plan released today details an overarching goal to provide the highest degree of educational services possible within a school environment that reduces the threat of spread of COVID-19.
The District will aggressively work to achieve that goal by:
1) Having a comprehensive plan for face-to-face, virtual, and hybrid instruction that meets the needs of students and families and correlates to increasing or decreasing cases of the coronavirus in our community and state;
2) Implementing enhanced safety and sanitation protocols while students and staff are on school campuses;
3) Maximizing our schedule, building capacity, and financial and human resources to ensure students get high quality instruction.
The document details metrics that will be considered for transitioning between learning models based on coronavirus spread within the community of low (Traditional Learning Model), medium (Hybrid Learning Model), and high (e-Learning Model). Within each learning model, details are available for student schedules, safety protocols, and procedures. Additionally, the plan includes protocols for managing and communicating on-campus possible and actual exposures; parent, staff and student responsibilities, return to school procedures, and social distancing expectations; as well as cleaning and disinfecting guidelines.
In the Traditional Model, elementary school students will attend school from 7:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Middle and high school students’ schedule is from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. While this model represents the lowest restrictions when there is low spread within the community, extensive safety protocols will be in place such as masks (provided) for all students and staff when social distancing cannot be maintained, extensive cleaning, closed water fountains, closed lockers, no classroom or lunchroom visitors, no large events of 50+, and more.
The Hybrid Model would be moderately restrictive with three separate schedules for elementary, middle and high school students. In this model all elementary school students attend school Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 2:20p.m., and will remain in their own classrooms in a “Family Model.” Instructional staff will wear masks throughout instructional periods, and students will wear masks at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained, as defined by their teacher.
Middle school students and high school students will attend school on an A/B schedule (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. for middle school; 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for high school). Additionally, there will be a C (SEE Day) day on Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Small Groups, Electives, and Extra Help. Friday will be an e-Learning day for other middle/high students with some scheduled activities on campus.
Middle and high school Special Education students whose least restrictive environment is “inside the regular class and activities for 79% or less of the day” will attend school following the Family Model for the complete school day Monday-Thursday and Friday (students will follow the time that middle and high schools are open for instruction). The Family Model will be utilized to achieve a small family unit within one classroom to the greatest extent possible.
Finally, our e-learning model would be utilized with high community spread and would be restricted to a full-virtual model. Our e-learning model would include both live (synchronous learning) and on-demand (asynchronous). Each teacher will develop a synchronous schedule for daily live instruction that will be posted on the school website.
Dr. Foster adds, “An overabundance of caution and a commitment to protecting the health of our students, staff and community is driving these extensive procedures and protocols. On behalf of our district and school leaders, board of trustees, teachers and parent groups who joined the Task Force in developing and refining these models and safety protocols, we thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we navigate carefully our road back to school.”
Key Points: SCEMD Briefing 4/18/2020
General Assembly will be called to return in June to pass continuing resolution for state spending.
Governor expects the state to be back on track by June and state primary will remain set for June 9th and any run-offs June 23rd. Encourages Absentee Voting as much as is practical.
Accelerate South Carolina: Governor's evolving plan with group from a cross section of government and business professionals to develop a careful return to normal way of life. Testing, tracing, mindful of our most vulnerable citizens and leverging the CARES Act federal funding for expenses incurred fighting COVID-19.
Concern expressed that 26% of SC population is comprised of African Americans and 41% of positive cases COVID-19. Maintaining good health, and observing social distancing (masks when unable) and hand washing.
Monday, 4/13 brought severe weather that resulted in 16 tornadoes with hundreds of homes damaged and destroyed. Review emergency action plans for your family so always be prepared.