Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox

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Dear Sumter School District Families,

On behalf of our Board of Trustees and the Sumter School District staff, welcome to the 2021-2022 school year.  The academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of our students remain at the forefront of our response to reopening schools safely.  Guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other agencies in addition to input from our stakeholders have been very important in planning for the reopening of schools. We will continue to keep our stakeholders informed as we update our Safe Return to Schools Plan throughout the school year.

School, as we once knew it, will look different as the learning environment is being reinvented. As we move forward and prepare our students to become college, career, and/or military ready, Sumter School District remains committed to focusing on student achievement by ensuring our students are met with challenging curricula and high expectations. We are grateful for the dedicated staff who will ensure that the coming year is one filled with innovation, learning, and engagement resulting in the success of our children.

Outstanding things are happening in our schools as our students excel through academics, fine arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. We encourage you to stay informed and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and the Sumter School District webpage for important updates and information. Parents are also encouraged to stay informed by communicating directly with their child’s school.

Sumter School District is thankful for the support we receive from our Board of Trustees, staff, parents, students, business partners, and community stakeholders. It is my sincerest wish that we continue to work in collaboration to ensure we provide high quality instruction in an environment that is safe, both mentally and physically, for every student. We invite you to embrace our theme, “Our Way Forward” as we continue to focus on Every School, Every Student, Every Day! We are still #SumterStrong!

For the children,

Dr. Penelope E. Martin-Knox, Superintendent