Schools stay connected with social media

Published 5:42 pm Monday, April 27, 2020

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When people can’t come together face-to-face, social media can serve as the next-best thing. For the students and staff of Beaufort County Schools, Facebook has offered a way to connect and share with the broader community what’s happening as kids continue to learn from afar.

“Routine can be very reassuring and very safe,” said BCS Assistant Superintendent Mark Doane. “It can be the one thing that some of our students can count on. I’m sure (being out of school) has thrown a lot of our kids and families for a loop.”

Doane said even before schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BCS was stepping up its efforts to improve communication and engagement with families. Now, with students not returning to school for the rest of the semester, Doane says social media offers a tool to help foster that engagement.

“We talk about inviting people in, but a lot of time, if people work one or two jobs, they can’t come in,” Doane said. “Social media gives them an opportunity to see what’s going on when they’re not able to come in and see it live. It makes a real connection. We continue to do that to keep up some of the routine and to let kids know that we’re still here, still supporting them and still part of their lives.”

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Northside High School’s Panther Mascot helps announce that new schoolwork packets are available for students to pick up. (Northside High School)

DOING THEIR PART: At Eastern Elementary School, students from Ms. Callee Nichols’ Kindergarten class marked Earth Day by helping pick up trash in their neighborhoods. (Eastern Elementary)

NATURE CRAFTS: In celebration of Earth Day last week, Chocowinity Primary students used natural materials to create these works of art in Ms. Sheri Matthew’s remote learning art class. (Chocowinity Primary School)

CALLED BY NAME: John Cotten Tayloe Elementary second grade teacher Jennifer Taylor lets each of her students know how much she’s missing them in a video put together by the school. (John Cotten Tayloe)

STORY TIME: Mrs. Leanna Torres reads to students via Facebook Live, sharing the story “How to Babysit a Grandpa.” (John Small Elementary)

WORDS OF WISDOM: Vanessa Oden, career and technical education instructor at Chocowinity Middle School, offers advice for her students from an unknown author. (Chocowinity Middle School)