At this time, Clarendon Hall’s campus will remain closed through April 30, for on-campus learning, activities, and gatherings. Earlier today, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered all schools to remain closed through April 30 to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) issued the following statement, “SCISA member schools shall adhere to the directive issued today by South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster…SCISA will continue to monitor this situation through consultation with SCDHEC, the Governor’s Office, and other applicable state and federal agencies. The overwhelming need to carefully weigh the public health and safety of our children, teachers, administrators and their extended families with a decision of when to restart school is a difficult and serious matter. At this time, no medical expert or healthcare official will recommend the opening of schools due to the possible exposure and spread of the disease.”
Clarendon Hall Head of School Kelley Wannamaker stated, “While we had hoped to reopen earlier, we know extending the closure is in the best interest of our students, parents, and staff. I want to commend our faculty and Saints Family for willingly embracing our online and in-home learning platform.” Wannamaker continued, “Our teachers are continuing to teach and post assignments. It is imperative students complete and submit assignments to their teachers to remain on-track and receive credit for courses.”
Due to the extended, mandated closure, all sports activities and practices will continue to be suspended. The Junior/Senior Prom scheduled for April 9 and May Day Program scheduled for April 26, are postponed, and alternative plans are being explored. Students and teachers will observe the scheduled Spring Break April 10-19, and no assignments will be due during this period.
As communicated on March 16, the deadline to register for the 2020-2021 school year is Wednesday, April 1. Please mail forms and the registration forms to P.O. Box 609 Summerton, SC 29148-0609. All other deadlines stated in the enrollment forms for 2020-2021 still apply.
Clarendon Hall will continue to monitor the situation and update families of any schedule changes via the automated call system, social media, and news media outlets. Wannamaker stated, “I implore everyone to do their part to help stop the spread of this disease. This includes staying home, social distancing, and following directives from the CDC and DHEC.”
As one of the most well-established schools in the area, Clarendon Hall has provided superior elementary and secondary education in a non-denominational Christian environment since 1965. Clarendon Hall is an independent co-educational school for kindergarten three year olds through twelfth grade. In addition to being fully accredited by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), Clarendon Hall is AdvancEd accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Clarendon Hall is located at 1140 South Duke Street in Summerton. For more information, contact the school office at (803) 485-3550 or visit the website at www.clarendonhall.org.