Welcome to Alice Drive Middle
A Nationally Certified STEM School!
Dear ADM Families:
Thank you again for your patience and resilience as we continue our transition to hybrid instruction. We have monitored the data from DHEC and consulted with the South Carolina Department of Education. As a result, Phase Two of hybrid instruction, which includes our sixth graders will begin Monday, October 26, 2020.
Sixth Grade: Group 1 (last name beginning with A-L) will start in the building on Monday, 26th. They will attend in-person on Mondays and Thursdays.
Sixth Grade: Group 2 (last name beginning with M-Z) will start in the building on Tuesday, 27th. They will attend in-person on Tuesdays and Fridays.
- 6th Grade: 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)
- 6th Grade: 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 next phases are contingent upon the data in terms of rate of positivity, as well as other factors such as staffing availability within our schools. Phase Three is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, November 5, 2020, and includes our seventh graders. Phase Four is tentatively scheduled to begin Thursday, November 12, 2020, and includes our eighth graders.
Please note, parents have the option for their children to remain virtual for the entire semester. If you decide to remain virtual, we need the Virtual Learning Request Form signed and returned to the school. This form is available on our website, and in our front office. We will do our best to honor the preferences of our parents and keep siblings together as we continue to keep the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of every decision that is made.
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 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 the 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. We will continue to offer support/enrichment time at the end of the daily schedule, to assist students and answer any questions from the daily lesson.
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 (no gaiters or shields without mask), washing hands, and following school bus and classroom safety protocols. In addition, students should not share supplies, masks, or food.
Please refer to our orientation videos posted on our website, google classrooms, and our Facebook page. These videos contain important detailed information to assure a safe and smooth transition.
Thanks again for your support!
Protect the Nest!
Mrs. J. Pressley, Ed.S
If you are choosing for your child to stay virtual this fall, we need the following document filled out, signed, and returned (even if you filled out a survey). 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.