Sumter School District Leap Days August 10-14 

  •  The South Carolina General Assembly has approved funding for five additional days before the start of the 2020-2021 school year.
  • These days have been identified as Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) and will take place August 10-14.
  • Although attendance is not mandatory, all school districts are required to offer the LEAP days for students in grades pre-kindergarten through 8th grade.
  • Parents will be notified which day(s) their child will attend by school administration.
  • All current social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Staff members are required to wear masks.
  • Students are required to wear masks.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be served.
  • Bus transportation will be provided. Parents must provide transportation for students who attend school out-of-zone.
  • Due to our efforts to minimize exposure, parents will not be permitted to accompany their children to the classroom.


Sumter School District will use the LEAP days to focus on the following:

  • Kindergarten readiness assessments
  • Distribution of Chromebooks to kindergarten and first grade students and students new to Sumter School District (Schools will also communicate with their families the procedures for retrieving Chromebooks if the students do not participate in the LEAP days.)
  • Revisiting prior content and skills
  • Diagnostic activities
  • Social and emotional well-being
  •  Review of Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Establishing routines and procedures relating to Covid-19 (ex: social distancing)


Safety Protocols for LEAP

 Preventive Measures

  • Educate students and their parents on the symptoms of COVID-19 and the importance of the student staying home if they have any of the symptoms or if anyone in the household tests positive for the disease.
  • Require sick students and staff to stay home as per the School and Child Care Exclusion List.
  • Students who become sick at school will be sent home as soon as possible and isolated from others until they can leave.
  • Place CDC COVID-19 signage on the exterior of entrances to the building to ask individuals entering to not enter if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Perform daily morning screenings by asking students if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

Social Distancing

  • Only 10-12 students per classroom.
  • Place desks 6 ft. apart.
  • Stagger arrival and dismissal.
    • Buses – Unload each bus separately, front to back. Load back to front.
      • Teacher’s aides check students in (verbally check for symptoms), and walk students directly to classrooms, maintaining social distance.
      • Buses load separately during dismissal. Bus numbers called so that only one bus load of students are in the hall at one time. Teacher’s aides ensure social distancing.
      • Buses unload/load in the bus area, separate from the car rider line.
    • Cars – Maintain social distance SC DHEC guidelines.
      • Car arrival occurs after bus arrival.
      • Students enter separately.
      • Teacher’s Aides ensure students walk directly to classrooms.
      • Cars unload and load in separate area from buses
  • Do not allow parents/guardians to enter learning areas. Parents must stay in office and remain socially distant in accordance with SC DHEC guidelines.


Sanitizing, Cleaning, and Disinfection

  • Routinely clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are frequently touched (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops). Using an appropriate disinfectant, wipe down items (e.g., desks, chairs) and equipment before each use.
    • Clean with soap and water or a cleaner typically used. Use all cleaning products according to the directions on the label.
    • After cleaning, disinfect with a product that is EPA-approved for use against the virus that causes COVID-19 (a list of these is available here) or with diluted bleach solution (5 tablespoons, or 1/3 cup, bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water).
  • For electronics such as tablets, touch screens, keyboards, and remote controls, remove visible contamination if present.
    • Consider the use of wipeable covers for electronics.
    • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.
    • If no manufacturer guidance is available, consider the use of alcohol-based wipes or sprays containing at least 70% alcohol to disinfect touch screens. Dry surfaces thoroughly to avoid pooling of liquids.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products (e.g., concentration, application method and contact time).
  • Ensure adequate supplies to support frequent cleaning and disinfection practices.
  • The CDC provides additional information on cleaning and disinfecting a facility, including guidance on appropriate personal protective equipment to wear while cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Increase the ventilation (air exchange) rate and the percent outdoor air in ventilation.