SUMMERTON -- South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered all schools and colleges to close due to concerns over Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a result of the Governor’s Order and recommendations from SCISA (South Carolina Independent School Association), Clarendon Hall will be closed March 16-31, and will shift to online and in-home assignments during this period. In making the announcement, Head of School Kelley Wannamaker said, “The safety of our students, staff, and Saints family is paramount. While this is a difficult decision, we feel it is in everyone’s best interest to prevent further spreading this pandemic and follow Gov. McMaster’s order.”
All staff members need to report to Clarendon Hall tomorrow, March 16, for a mandatory meeting in the library at 8:00 a.m.
During the closure, students will be receiving work to be completed at home and turned in to their teachers in order to remain on track and receive credit for courses. Tomorrow, March 16, students and/or parents need to report at the following times to pick-up books and assignments and retrieve any other items needed from their classrooms and lockers. The times are being staggered in order to lessen student contact.
TIME GRADES TO REPORT
11:00 a.m. K-3, K-4, 5, 6, and 8
11:30 a.m. K-5, 4, and 7
12:00 p.m. 1, 3, and 10
12:30 p.m. 2, 9, and 11
1:00 p.m. 12
If these times are not suitable for students and parents, please email your teacher or the school office to make alternative arrangements. Any student or parent who is sick needs to remain home. During the closure, all athletic practices and extracurricular activities are cancelled, including the Book Fair. The Silent Auction scheduled for Saturday, March 21, has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date. The deadline for registration for the 2020-2021 school year has been changed from March 27 to April 1.
Clarendon Hall plans to resume a regular schedule on Thursday, April 1, if conditions are deemed safe to do so. Parents will be notified of any schedule changes via the automated call system, social media, and news media outlets. Wannamaker stated, “Everyone’s understanding and cooperation is appreciated as we work to continue educating our students while doing what we can to protect them, their families, and our community. We encourage you to practice social distancing, good personal hygiene, and stay home when sick.”
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