Effective March 17, teachers at Lowcountry Preparatory School have temporarily transitioned to online classes. The move comes in the wake of Governor McMaster’s suspension on March 15, 2020 of public schools through March 31 and a directive from the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) to follow suit.
The transition was rapid. Head of School Scott Gibson III convened a meeting of teachers on Monday, March 16, 2020 for the purpose of training. Training focused upon the use of Zoom, a cloud platform used for video and audio conferencing. Highly respected educational institutions across the nation have adopted Zoom for online education. Following training, teachers prepared to deliver their instruction online starting the next day. Gibson and Assistant Head of School Jeanie Floyd decided to provide online classes for all core classes and to exclude non-core courses, such as art and library, for now.
“Parental response on day one was voluminous and decidedly positive,” said Gibson. “Parents commented in particular upon the speed with which we transitioned and their relief that their children would not miss two weeks of school.”
“The response of our teachers at the end of day one was just as positive,” said Gibson. “A brief survey revealed 94 percent of teachers rated the experience that day with online classes as either ‘excellent’ or ‘good.’”
Teachers at Lowcountry Preparatory School plan to deliver online instruction through March 31, 2020. They understand the online instruction may be extended, based upon further guidance from Governor McMaster, SCISA Executive Director Spencer Jordan, and the school’s Board of Trustees.
Lowcountry Preparatory School is a STEM-certified International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Our coeducational, pre-K through 12th grade program excels at preparing students for college, for leadership, and for life. Our attentive, intellectually stimulating community provides a demanding curriculum — academic, artistic, athletic, and service to others. Based on our Judeo-Christian heritage, we challenge our students to become informed, bold, resourceful, resilient, and ethical global citizens. We expect our graduates to shape a changing world.