New Ellenton middle goes fully remote due to COVID-19 cases

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May 20—New Ellenton Middle STEAM Magnet School has moved to fully remote classes due to its rate of coronavirus cases.

The change in instructional model started Thursday and will continue through May 28, according to the Aiken County Public School District.

Principal Shaunte Dugar made this decision Wednesday evening. Moving from face-to-face classes to either hybrid or fully remote is due to 3% of students having confirmed positive cases of COVID-19.

The school looks forward to having face-to-face classes again June 1, according to school district. Any students in quarantine will have to complete the full quarantine period.

Students are expected to do their schoolwork at home. If they have internet problems, they should contact Dugar to request a paper packet.

Students are expected to attend all classes via Teams starting Monday.

Aiken Innovate students should report to New Ellenton middle for the SC READY Math exam by 8:30 a.m. on Friday.

Students, faculty and staff in the Aiken County Public School District are no longer required to wear masks in school as of last Wednesday. The rule change came after Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order the evening on May 18 stating that parents can opt their children out of wearing face coverings.

Aiken County Superintendent King Laurence said last Thursday that students and employees in the Aiken County Public School District are still encouraged to wear face coverings to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.

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