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School closing Information, Resources and Links - Updated weekly

All schools in South Carolina are closed for the remainder of this school year per Governor McMaster.  

Please contact us with questions about anything you don't find here.  

CANCELLATION:  At this time we recognize that everyone is confronted with challenges and demands that are quite consuming! The Charleston Reading Council leadership has decided to suspend the Growing Young Writers and Read to Marley Contests for this year. We appreciate the interest that many of you have shown in the events, and encourage you to continue to explore your creativity in writing and digital literacy! Please continue to be diligent in your social distancing and your health care, and know that we look forward to reconnecting with you once this pandemic is over.

GENERAL UPDATES:  www.ccsdschools.com

 

INTERNET ACCESS:

Several companies are offering free or reduced price access to the internet for students during the school shutdown. 

Comcast – use this link:  https://internetessentials.com

  • Be an eligible “qualified low-income household”
  • Go to InternetEssentials.com or call 855-846-8376 for English or call 855-765-6995 for Spanish
  • All new customers will receive a free self-install kit with no shipping fee

Spectrum – call this number:  1-844-488-8398.  You will get a recording.  When prompted, say “new service” and give your zip code when asked.  You will be directed to a customer service rep.  They are also offering 40% off prices for mobile service during this time and they use Verizon towers. Also: 

  • Be a household with a student enrolled in a K-12 school or college
  • Installation fees will be waived for eligible households

Hotspot:  Almost every phone, whether it’s an Iphone or Android, has the built in ability to be used as a hotspot.  You will have to add an unlimited data plan to your existing service.  This won’t work well for videos, but should enable students to get to mail, links and their Google Classroom.

Logging in at home:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1WHLO5gBv8Ulc-5fgEmV1uXxNvFZ4W9-q_kMKY7Q_13A/edit?usp=sharing

All students should be able to access resources on their personal or school devices.  Students need to log into Clever and MAKE sure they log into the filter to ensure that they can access what they need. 

Myportal directions and screenshots 

CCSD technology issues 

If you are having technical issues, CCSD has buses traveling the county with technicians that can help you or even switch out your CCSD device if they can't fix it.  Here is a list of where and when the buses will be in your area: 

Tech buses

Wifi buses

You can also call our CCSD tech office directly - this is a phone number for students and parents:  843 849-3400

 

CCSD FOOD SITES LIST OF ADDRESSES  Food can be picked up from these sites anytime between 11:00-1:00pm Monday through Friday.

NEW! Grab and Go Food drop off sites

 

DAILY SCHEDULE:

A/B calendar for your reference 

A staff directory, with all faculty email addresses, is located on the AMHS website:  http://ccsdschools.com/amhs

All teachers will be on Google Classroom and they will post times that they are available for questions via email.

A good resource for parents to Google Classroom: 

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1PDVZvie0DnFbFEVFB8U3j89o1mD5BCUXTE6ymbb9y_k/mobilepresent?slide=id.g4f60ec15fb_1_0

 

RESOURCES

NEW:  

Family Supports: Hotline and Google Site

A Family Support Line has been established to provide a resource for students or parents that need additional support during this extended schools closure. This hotline is not to replace school based interventions and supports, our main goal is to assist families in connecting to resources which could be school counselors, parent advocates, DMH services, social workers, etc.
 
CCSD employees from the Departments of Alternative Programs, Counseling Services, and Intervention & Psychological Services will answer calls Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. The Family Support Hotline number is 843-937-7907.   
 
As we continue with distance learning, it is important to share and teach expectations with our students.  The Department of Alternative Programs has developed this site to provide learning matrices for completing work at home as well as SEL activities and resources for families: Family PBIS and SEL Google site
 

Learning at home from CCSD School Librarians:  Tons of information on digital access and resources, ebooks, read-alouds, contact a librarian, etc.: 

https://sites.google.com/charleston.k12.sc.us/ccsdschoollibrarieslearnathome/home or for mobile apps: 

http://bit.ly/athomelibrary

Online Learning Support from McGraw-Hill

Online Learning info from CCSD

Critical Resources to help your student learn from home

Unlimited Shmoop Resources for students!

If you absolutely can’t get online and you’re using a chromebook: 

https://ditchthattextbook.com/how-to-use-chromebooks-offline-for-elearning-day-activities-homework/

Learning and tech resources- HUGE (hundreds!)  number of FREE resources: http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

Online Curriculum from SCETV

READING RESOURCES FOR FREE

FREE ebook reading from Junior Library Guild - award winning books for all ages!

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/b/free-ebooks/teens/_/N-wZry0Z19r4

AND - access ebooks in Mackinvia through myportal and clever. 

Using the nook app on your computer

https://www.howtogeek.com/howto/26332/read-all-your-ebooks-on-nook-for-pc-and-portable-devices/

MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Mental Health Counseling

For all of us to stay fit and healthy since we may be avoiding the gym and our sports are cancelled:  https://www.downdogapp.com/

 

AP AND SAT TESING INFORMATION 

On site Pre-ACT (G10) and WINS (G11) tests will be cancelled or postponed.  The state-funded SAT for G11 students originally scheduled for March 25 is also cancelled.  At this time, we have no information on a reschedule.

 

The following staff members will be available throughout the school day:

ADMINISTRATION

Ms. Spencer:  Catherine_spencer@charleston.k12.sc.us

Ms. Pinckney:  lucy_pinckney@charleston.k12.sc.us

GUIDANCE

Ms. James:  vira_james@charleston.k12.sc.us

Ms. Kassinger:  mary_kassinger@charleston.k12.sc.us

Ms. Taylor:  donna_taylor@charleston.k12.sc.us

LIBRARIAN

Ms. Henley: susan_henley@charleston.k12.sc.us