Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013
Countdown to First Day School!
Parents Are Reminded to Register Their Child for School
BEFORE School Starts Wednesday, August 21!
If a child is entering Greenville County Schools for the first time, parents are encouraged to register him or her NOW, before the opening day of school on Wednesday, August 21.
To determine where your child will attend school, call INFOLine at 864-355-3100 or link to the Find Your School section of the GCS website.
Children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of this year must enroll in public or private kindergarten, unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver. Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1 of this year must enroll in first grade.
To enroll a new student in kindergarten or first grade, a parent must present the following at registration:
- State-issued birth certificate,
- A properly completed immunization certificate or religious exemption certificate, and
- Proof of residence (at least 2 documents, such as a lease agreement and current utility bill)
Other Important Information
Lunch Prices: $2.10 daily or $10.50 weekly
Breakfast Prices: $1.00 daily or $5.00 weekly
4K Full Day – 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Elementary – Grades 5K – 5h - 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Middle – Grades 6 – 8 - 8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
High – Grades 9 – 12 - 8:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Changes for 2013-14
Tdap Immunization Required for Rising Seventh Graders
Rising seventh graders will be required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine before they return to school on Wednesday, August 21. The Tdap vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough).
The South Carolina Health Department (DHEC) determines required immunizations. Tdap is a booster to a vaccine given to infants and is recommended for children 11 and up. Immunizations will be given free of charge at the Greenville County Health Department, 200 University Way, Greenville, on Monday, August 19 from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Middle and High School ID Badges – New for 2013-14
As part of Greenville County Schools’ continuing efforts to provide a safe learning environment, all middle and high school students and staff will be required to wear photo ID badges beginning this year.
Students must wear their ID badge whenever they are on campus, on field trips, or attending school-only functions. The photo side of the ID is required to be visible at all times.
Students will be provided with a free ID badge at the beginning of the school year to wear on a lanyard. Lanyards may be provided by the student or purchased from the school. Lanyards are required to be break-away for safety purposes.
Student ID badges will also be used to purchase lunch and check out media books and textbooks. Students should make every effort to keep up with their ID badge and wear it every day. Lost, stolen, or defaced ID badges must be replaced at a cost of $5.
During the first week of school, administrators and teachers will remind students if their ID badge is not properly displayed. After this orientation period, students not wearing their ID badge will face disciplinary action.
Soon, every Greenville County School will have a new safety feature that will remind parents, students and visitors to never open a door to allow someone into the building.
Called “Ignore the Door,” the campaign centers around double-sided stickers that are being applied to every exterior door on every school with the following wording: Ignore the Door! Keep Your School Safe! Never open a door to let anyone in the building – Even if it’s someone you know!
This simple, but very important effort is designed to ensure all exterior doors are locked and closed at all times AND never opened to allow anyone to enter the building, and that all visitors must enter the school through the main entrance. Ignore the Door signage has been installed this summer across the district.
The Ignore the Door campaign was introduced by Christine Phillips, principal at Welcome Elementary. Students created posters and signs for their school, and the idea grew to become a district-wide campaign this year.
Principals will be informing students and parents of the Ignore the Door campaign through school announcements, school website, PTA newsletters and e-newsletters, and School Messenger. Various safety measures, including safety plans and strict check-in procedures, are already in place to help keep Greenville County Schools safe.
GCS Announces 2013-14 Administrative Changes
Greenville County Schools announces three new administrators and principal changes at 11 schools.
- Alexander Elementary – Dr. Sonya Campbell
- Former Principal and District Administrator, Waynesville R-VI School District (MO)
- Bryson Middle School – Dr. Adrienne Davenport
- Former Principal, Belton Middle School, Anderson 2
- Duncan Chapel Elementary – Stephanie Lowry
- Former Assistant Principal, Skyland Elementary School
- Greer Middle – Bruce Mathis
- Former Assistant Principal, Greer High School
- Hughes Middle Academy - Andrew Hooker
- Former Principal, Dacusville Middle School (Pickens County)
- Lakeview Middle – Latonia Copeland
- Former Assistant Principal, Northwood Middle School
- Mauldin High – Scott Rhymer
- Former Principal, Greer Middle School
- Northwest Middle – David McDonald
- Former Principal, Indian Land Middle School (Lancaster County)
- Northwood Middle – Treva Lee
- Former Assistant Principal, Eastside High School
- Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle – Jane Garraux
- Former Principal, Maritime and Science Technology (MAST) Academy (FL)
- Simpsonville Elementary – Jackie Earle
- Former Assistant Principal, Simpsonville Elementary School
- Phillip Davie – Assistant Superintendent of Leadership – Middle Schools
- Former Principal, Bryson Middle School
- Susan Griffin – Assistant Superintendent for Special Education Services
- Former Director and Executive Director of Exception Children’s Programs, Guilford County Schools (NC)
- Dr. Patrick Mark - Parent Resource Representative
- Former Principal, Hughes Middle Academy