Planning is well underway for the 2020-21 school year. COVID-19 has presented a number of challenges, and our commitment to a safe learning environment for students and employees means school may look much different this fall. As a team, we continue to discuss a variety of topics including:
Models for the school day
Accessible learning for all students
Bus and car transportation and schedules
Increased cleaning protocols and safety equipment
Modified classroom setups and operations to maximize social distancing
“Traffic management” for front offices, cafeterias, libraries, hallways, and other multi-use areas
A key step in our planning is to seek feedback from our stakeholders. The Sumter School District Reopening Schools Task Force is conducting a survey of students, parents, and employees in an attempt to understand how our stakeholders feel regarding the possibilities of our return to teaching and learning in the fall. In the event Governor McMaster allows South Carolina school districts to make their own decisions regarding the opening of schools in August 2020, we ask that you share your concerns and priorities with us by taking a few minutes to complete this survey. Please submit your response by noon Wednesday, June 24. All responses are anonymous.
We will continue to monitor current and available data about COVID-19. This information, along with health and safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and other agencies will be very important in planning for the eventual reopening of our schools. Thank you for working with us to help ensure a safe environment for all.
2020-2021 School Enrollment Information
SSD Summer Reading Program
Let your imagination run wild with a good book! This summer Sumter School District is challenging all elementary students to read for at least 20 minutes per day. Once you have completed your reading, log your minutes on the Elementary Summer Reading Log 2020-Imagine Your Story Form!
Also, check the SSD Summer Reading web page for more information, like the Elementary Bingo Card, Sumter County Library Resource, book lists and so much more.
Nighttime Reading with the Superintendent Dr. Martin-Knox
Are you read to become a Lion? Listen to the story read by Dr. Martin-Knox and Dr. Smith-Canty and learn how to get your Lion Diploma.
Class of 2020 – Lemira Elementary School
Lemira Elementary School would like to congratulate all the 5th graders for their hard work, and determination. We will miss them and cannot wait to see what wonderful things they will do in the future! Remember…once a Lion, always a Lion, so continue to ROAR!
REACH Program Update 5.28.2020
“I hope all of our families are doing well and continuing to stay safe during these trying times. It is with sadness that I have to announce that, after receiving an official word from the administration, the decision has been made to cancel the REACH Summer Arts program this year. This includes the upcoming scheduled Super Saturday (May 30th) as well as the summer program in June. I am waiting on more information in regards to how to proceed with refunding enrollment fees that have been paid and processed. More information will be forthcoming to all of our stakeholders as I receive it. In the meantime, I encourage our students to continue to engage in the arts as much as they possibly can. Thank you for your understanding and continue to stay safe!”
– Message From Sumter School District’s REACH Program Facebook Page
5.26.2020 Principal’s Letter to Parents
Please read the end of the year letter to parents from Dr. Vanessa Smith-Canty.
School-Based Health Telehealth Services
The School-Based Health program is excited to be able to continue to offer telehealth services while school is closed due to COVID-19 to participating schools. MUSC School-Based Health providers are available to continue to see patients through a secure video connection (or via phone if the family does not have access to the internet). To request an appointment, please call 843-872-1956 between the hours of 8am-4pm until the end of the school year.
To learn more about the program, please visit: https://sctelehealth.org/Schools
5.21.2020 End of Year Schedule for Student Material Pick-up
5.21.2020 Meal Distribution Update!
Due to the Memorial Day Holiday, meals for the week of May 25-29 will be distributed Friday, May 22.
Fifth Grade Students Recognition – Ms. McLendon’s and Ms. Palmer’s Class
Lemira Elementary School would like to introduce the 5th grade students from Ms. McLendon’s and Ms. Palmer’s Class. We are so proud of them and we will miss them next year!
Please take a moment to hear them and maybe leave a message for them.
May 15, 2020 Update
We would like to continue to thank you all for your hard work during these last few months of school. Our parents, students, and staff had to adjust very quickly to our new normal during these unprecedented times, and we commend you for your efforts, flexibility, and resiliency.
Senior grades were finalized Friday, May 15. Grades for students in kindergarten through eleventh grade will be finalized Friday, May 22 and verified by May 27. Although graded assignments will no longer be required after May 22, the last day of school is June 4. Until that time, teachers are encouraged to maintain contact with their students to allow time for reflection of the school year while directing students to resources that can help promote learning while they are away. Schools will contact students regarding the retrieval of report cards and other student items.
The distribution of meals for the remainder of the school year will take place Monday, May 18, Friday, May 22, and Monday, June 1, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the food service hubs, which are located at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, and Pocalla Springs Elementary. At this time, students will receive breakfast and lunch for the entire week. The meal distribution on May 22 will replace the May 25 meal distribution in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. To ensure food safety, please make sure meals are properly stored and refrigerated. Information regarding the Summer Feeding program will be communicated soon.
Unless students are graduating or withdrawing from Sumter School District, students will maintain their assigned Chromebooks until further notice. To that end, this serves as a reminder that the Chromebooks should be used by the student for instructional purposes only. If students violate the telecommunications acceptable use policy by accessing inappropriate content such as movies, video games, or inappropriate sites, they jeopardize the option of having the device, and the Chromebook being locked or revoked.
Again, we thank you for your patience, flexibility, and support. Together Sumter: Every School, Every Student, Every Day! We are #SumterStrong.
For the Children,
Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox
Fifth Grade Students Recognition – Mrs. Wilson’s and Mrs. Howell’s Class
Lemira Elementary School would like to introduce the 5th grade students from Mrs. Wilson’s and Mrs. Howell’s Class. We are so proud of them and we will miss them next year!
Please take a moment to hear them and maybe leave a message for them.
Happy Staff Appreciation Week
Thank you teachers and staff for everything you do for our students.
April 23, 2020 Update
This is the letter from the school superintendent, Dr. Martin-Knox, about the closing of the schools for the rest of the year.
Thank you, Prisma Health Tuomey!
The Lemira Lions Family showed support for our business partner, Prisma Health Tuomey, during this pandemic, by purchasing different healthy snacks for them. Our healthcare professionals are valued and appreciated! Thank you for everything you do each and every day!
*Photos provided by Prisma Health Tuomey
April 7, 2020 Update
This is a reminder that meals for the remainder of the week and spring break will be distributed at our food service hubs Thursday, April 9, 2020 from 9 AM to 1 PM. Parents and students may pick up meals at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, or Pocalla Springs Elementary.
In order to help ensure the health, safety, and well being of our employees, we have made an adjustment to our office hours and meal distribution beginning Monday, April 20, 2020. All schools and offices will be open on Mondays from 9 AM to 1 PM, and staff will work remotely Tuesday through Friday.
The distribution of meals will also take place each Monday from 9 AM to 1 PM at the food service hubs, which are located at Sumter High, Crestwood High, Hillcrest Middle, and Pocalla Springs Elementary. At this time, students will receive breakfast and lunch each Monday for the entire week.
4.2.2020 Update Regarding Grading
3.31.2020 Spring Break Food Distribution
This is the food distribution information for April 1- 17, 2020.
3.25.2020 Updates from the District Office
10.23.2020 Update Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Hours
Breakfast and Lunch will be served between 9:oo am – 1:00 pm
Breakfast and lunch will be served at the school’s bus port area. As a reminder, no food will be consumed on site.
Breakfast and Lunch Distribution Hours
Breakfast will be served between 7:00-9:00 am and
Lunch will be served between 11:oo am – 1:00 pm
Breakfast and lunch will be served at the school’s bus port area. Both meals can be picked up at breakfast time. As a reminder, no food will be consumed on site.
Kindergarten Video Resources
The Kindergarten students can use the following videos to learns and/or review different skills.
Update from the Sumter School District – 3.17.2020
Please read the following letter with important updates.
Information from our School Counselor and School Social Worker
Greetings Parents and Guardians:
We, your school counselor, and school social worker, would like to provide some helpful tips to assist you and your child during stressful events. These websites may be able to help you be aware of what you can do to help your child/children to cope and/or reduce stress before, during, and after a traumatic event.
Helpful Tips on how to talk with the kids about the Coronavirus
Sumter School District Closed – Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020
Per order of the Governor, all schools in Sumter School District will be closed due to the coronavirus for two weeks beginning Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020. All school activities are suspended.
During this time, teachers will offer an alternative pathway to learning, which is online instruction beginning Monday, March 16. For more information, please read the letter from our Superintendent Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox.
Cancellation Updates 3-13-2020
As a safety precaution and proactive measure to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, Sumter School District has cancelled or postponed all after-school events effective immediately. Unfortunately, this means that the Lemira Golden Steppers 8th Annual Step Show, which was scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 14, 2020, has been cancelled. We will also be postponing our spring Parent Conference Night, which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. There will be no Percussion or Step Team practices until further notice. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 803-775-0658.