Welcome to Alice Drive Middle
A Nationally Certified STEM School!
If you are choosing for your child to stay virtual this fall, we need the following document filled out, signed, and returned. You may print it out at home and mail it to 40 Miller Rd. Sumter, SC 29150 or drop off your signed copy at the school. We will also have blank copies in the front office for you to stop by and sign.
September 21, 2020
Dear ADM Parents & Guardians,
Thank you for your patience, understanding, and flexibility over the past three weeks as we worked diligently to deliver quality instruction in a virtual capacity. One of the most important aspects of a child’s life is education, and Alice Drive Middle wants to ensure we provide appropriate, rigorous, and ongoing instruction. We recognize that face-to-face instruction is vitally important to a student’s social and academic growth.
After evaluating our data from DHEC and consulting with officials from the South Carolina Department of Education, Sumter School District will begin to phase in face-to-face instruction through a hybrid model. Please note, parents have the option for their children to remain virtual for the entire semester. We will do our best to honor the preferences of our parents as we continue to keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of every decision that is made. If you have not done so already, please complete the return to school survey, which is located on our school’s website and Facebook. We need your feedback as soon as possible in order to complete preparations for our transition to the hybrid learning model.
English Language Learners (ELL) and students who receive special education services will begin hybrid instruction Monday, September 28. Through the hybrid model, Group 1 will receive face-to-face instruction on Mondays and Thursdays and virtual instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays. Group 2 will receive face-to-face instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays and virtual instruction on Mondays and Thursdays. To ensure our students see their A day and B day teachers, Thursdays will be B days and Fridays will be A days. All students will continue to learn asynchronously on Wednesdays in order for schools to provide professional development and deep clean facilities.
- Group 1 (student’s last names A-L):
- Monday – A Day (in-person)
- Tuesday – B day (virtual)
- Wednesday – Asynchronous
- Thursday – B Day (in-person)
- Friday – A Day (virtual)
- Group 2 (student’s last names M-Z):
- Monday – A Day (virtual)
- Tuesday – B day (in-person)
- Wednesday – Asynchronous
- Thursday – B Day (virtual)
- Friday – A Day (in-person)
The two groups will be determined by last name. Students with last names beginning with letters A to L will be in Group 1. Students with last names beginning with letters M to Z will be in Group 2. We will do our best to accommodate the needs of parents who need their child moved to another group for transportation reasons or to be with another student in the same household. We will have a Google Form posted on our website and Facebook to make requests.
In phase one of our hybrid model, your student’s classes will remain the same, but we will be moving to the following time schedule for both Hybrid and Virtual students.
Schedule beginning September 28th for all students:
8:00-9:10 Block 1
9:25-10:35 Block 2
10:50-12:30 Block 3
- 10:50-11:20 1st Lunch
- 12:00-12:30 2nd Lunch
12:45-2:00 Block 4
We need every student in their seat or online by the 8:00 tardy bell. Breakfast will be available by 7:45, but we will need to be flexible and it may be eaten during the beginning of 1st block if necessary. We’ve allowed extra time between blocks to assure a safe/smooth transition between classes. We will move students by grade level in 5 minute intervals (we may need to be flexible with this, as well). We will also use this time for student restroom usage, which will be strictly monitored for safety and social distancing. Lunch will be provided to every student during 3rd block. We will split classes into 1st or 2nd lunch based upon numbers. Students are allowed to bring their own lunch; however, for safety reasons, we are asking parents/grandparents not to drop off food or any other materials throughout the day. To answer any questions/concerns for the day, we will continue to offer support/enrichment time to assist students in any way.
As we reintroduce our students to school, it is most important that we remind our children of the safety guidelines established by the CDC, specifically the importance of staying six feet apart, wearing masks, washing hands, and following school bus and classroom safety protocols. In addition, students should not share supplies, masks, or food.
We will notify our families in a timely manner when Sumter School District begins Phase 2 of our hybrid plan, which reintroduces our sixth grade students. We do not have a date set, as Phase 2 is contingent upon the numbers in terms of rate of positivity, as well as other factors such as staffing availability within our schools. Phase 3 will reintroduce 7th grade and Phase 4 will be 8th grade. Thank you again for your patience and encouragement during this time. Together, we will ensure the success of all our students. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We will be releasing a video later this week with additional information and explanations including student drop-off, building entry, and dismissal procedures.
Jeannie Pressley, Ed.S
Parents, please complete this survey so we can have an accurate count of students who are attending in-person (hybrid) and who will remain virtual only.