Fort Jackson has two on-post schools:
Pierce Terrace Elementary School for students in pre-K to 1st Grade
C.C. Pinckney Elementary School for students in grades 2-6.
Fort Jackson schools return Jan. 25
“As a result, in coordination with military leadership and keeping the health and safety of our students and staff in mind, we will begin in-person learning on post beginning Monday, Jan. 25,” wrote Brian Perry, superintendent of the Department of Defense Education Activity Americas Southeast District’s SC/Ft. Stewart community, in a letter to parents. “During this transition, students will continue with remote learning. Additionally, our schools are working with the District Office to ensure that we have our logistics functions set up to be able to activate our bus transportation and our normal Student Meal Program.”
The school principals, Dr. Raymond Burk, from Pierce Terrace, and Ryan Smith, C.C. Pinckney, sent detailed information to parents regarding their children’s return to school Jan. 15.
The new school year 2020-21 began virtually Monday, for students who attend on-post schools on Fort Jackson.
On-post school will remain in a virtual option for the upcoming school year, the Fort Jackson commander announced Aug. 12 as part of a Return to School Virtual Town hall with Fort Jackson and local educational leaders.
Schools to remain virtual through the end of the school year
FORT JACKSON, S.C. – The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Americas Region in direct and close coordination with For Jackson leadership has made the decision to continue with digital teaching and learning and keep school buildings closed to students for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year.
“In an effort to ensure the safety of our families, Soldiers and teammates on Fort Jackson, we decided to extend the closure of our on-post schools for the remainder of the school year,” said Fort Jackson Commander Milford H. Beagle, Jr. “I’m confident our students will continue to receive an excellent education as we continue taking advantage of digital technologies.”
While our schools will remain physically closed to students, teachers and administrators will continue to work diligently to maintain digital learning programs in order to ensure continuity of education for our amazing students. These programs continue to evolve and differ slightly for each community and school…but the goal is the same, to provide Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.
We know that this decision is disappointing to our staff, students and families alike. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect every community across the Americas footprint. While some states are making decisions to slowly open up aspects of their economies, given the relatively short amount of time remaining in the current school year, DoDEA and military leadership agree that this was the prudent decision for our schools. The health and safety of our students, staff and communities is our highest priority.
This is obviously an extraordinarily challenging and concerning time for all of us. Watching our teachers, students and communities come together to ensure continuity of education for our military-connected students under these circumstances has been incredibly inspiring. Please continue to work diligently and cohesively to ensure that we build upon our successes to this point. Communication, moving forward, will be critical to the maintenance and evolution of these digital learning programs. Feel free to communicate all needs and concerns related to these programs to your teachers and principals. This type of feedback is important to the education process.
This affects Pierce Terrace Elementary School (pre-K through 1st grade) and C.C. Pinckney Elementary School (2-6th grade)
For more information regarding DoDEA’s response to COVID 19, go to: https://www.dodea.edu/Coronavirus.cfm
March 15, 2020
DODEA school closure
Fort Jackson made the decision to follow SC Governor Henry McMaster’s precedence to close schools from March 16 through March 31. Fort Jackson DODEA schools will close effective March 16 and remain closed through March 31. We made this decision to ensure the safety of our students, teachers and other school administrative personnel.
To ensure we continue providing students educational opportunities, DODEA schools will work diligently over the next few days to prepare online lessons for students. Our local DODEA school leadership will soon provide additional details to parents on how they will implement Google Classroom platforms this week. Our administrators will also assist Families that may need additional devices, if there are not enough at home. More information is and will continue to be made available at the DoDEA Coronavirus information page at https://www.dodea.edu/coronavirus.cfm
At this time, the Child Development Centers will remain open. We are assessing conditions to further determine the need to adapt services. As warranted, we will implement any changes in a manner that best supports those who require services, while also protecting our community.
Thank you for your continued understanding and cooperation during these trying times. Each of us plays a role in ensuring the safety of Fort Jackson and our surrounding communities.