The ESOL Department is focused on protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our students, their families, and our staff as we are confronted with the COVID-19 pandemic. Our department has been in close communications with school and district personnel in creating a plan that will continue to support the needs of our ESOL students through eLearning. The Horry County Schools ESOL Department works in collaboration with the United States Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education in order to demonstrate good faith efforts to meet student’s individual needs during this global pandemic.
ESOL Supports during eLearning:
- CD-2nd grade students have choice boards that include ESOL activities and supports. (These choice boards have been translated into multiple languages.)
- Paper copies of CD-2nd Choice Boards and 3rd-12th grade assignments are mailed home for students who do not have devices/Internet (translations are sent home as needed).
- 3rd-5th grade ESOL teachers are co-teachers in the mainstream teachers’ classrooms and collaborate with the mainstream teachers on lessons.
- 6th-12th grade ESOL teachers provide support for students and content teachers with curriculum.
- 3rd-12th grade ESOL teachers are continuing ESOL instruction through Google Classroom. Google Docs are translated into different languages.
- 3rd-12th grade ESOL teachers are utilizing Google Meet to hold virtual classes to support instruction. Google Meet has closed-captioning with translation.
- Interpreting services are provided through Pacific Interpreters for communication with students and families.
- Teachers are communicating with students and parents via phone calls, text, email, Google Meet, Google Voice, Remind App, WhatsApp, etc. to support families and students.
- ESOL coaches are holding weekly virtual meetings for elementary, middle and high ESOL teachers. Resources for eLearning are shared during these meetings along with pertinent information. (Multiple offerings of these weekly meetings are available to ESOL teachers.)
Horry County Schools will continue to reach out to support families and students to advocate for and meet the needs of our EL students.
For specific questions/information regarding your child’s instruction during the extended school closure, please contact your child’s ESOL teacher.