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The SC School Improvement Council office in Columbia will be closed through at least April 1 by declaration of the Governor. SC-SIC staff will be working remotely. Replies to calls or emails may be delayed during this time. Please contact us with any questions.
Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman have announced that South Carolina’s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April.
SC-SIC, together with Carolina Family Engagement Center, is working to bring resources, guidance, and information to schools, families, and communities. Please find our COVID-19 Resource page here.
SIC District Contacts, Principals, and SIC Chairs:
Last week, SC-SIC provided you with some information regarding the dissemination of the annual SIC Report to the Parents, which, by statute, is to occur by April 30 of each year. In light of the current public health crisis and school closures, I asked that local SICs plan to produce these Reports as close to April 30 as possible.
Following conversations this week with the State Superintendent of Education's office, SC-SIC has amended the timeline for the 2020 SIC Report to the Parents such that they are to be produced and disseminated by November 1, 2020. I believe this six-month grace period is necessary and responsive to the situation our schools, districts, and School Improvement Councils currently face, while also reflecting the accountability of public reporting of local SIC and school efforts in the improvement process.
SICs can refer to the SIC Report to the Parents toolkit on this website for tips in crafting their Reports. In the coming weeks, SC-SIC will provide some additional guidance regarding Report content reflective of the state and national situation in which we find ourselves. For schools sharing their Report to the SC-SIC Member Network, the 2019-20 school year upload option will be available May 1.
Should you need additional information, please feel free to reach out to the SC-SIC office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you. Be safe and stay well.
Tom F. Hudson, SC-SIC Executive Director
The SC-SIC 2020 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, has been cancelled.
While there are currently no plans to re-schedule the Annual Meeting, we will continue with our annual Riley Award for School Improvement Council Excellence process and will announce the winner of the 2020 Riley Award by the end of April. This year’s Riley Award winner, and the remaining four Honorable Mention SICs, will be acknowledged at future events to be scheduled in their home districts. Also to be recognized will be the winner of the 2020 Award of Merit for SIC Report to the Parents Excellence, and our SIC Advocate of the Year.
Those who have already registered for the 2020 SC-SIC Annual Meeting and have sent in checks, purchase orders, or money orders for their registration fees will have their payments returned to them as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support and understanding during this unprecedented time. We at the SC School Improvement Council wish you all wellness and safety.