As a result of COVID-19, we are now faced with an extraordinary challenge that will require the deployment of our individual and collective expertise to address the needs of our students, families, staff, faculty, and school communities. We continue to monitor the number of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, but specifically in our own community. According to DHEC, Sumter is currently categorized as a high risk community. As a result, Sumter School District will begin the school year in a virtual capacity and transition to a hybrid model when it is safe to do so.

The first day of school for Sumter School District students in kindergarten through twelfth grade is Friday, August 28. Instruction will be delivered through virtual learning, and students are asked to utilize their district-issued Chromebooks. Schools will communicate their Chromebooks distribution schedules with their families. Pre-kindergarten students will begin Friday, September 4.