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Greenville County Schools Closed Through April 30th

In response to the spread of COVID-19, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster ordered all K-12 schools in South Carolina to close immediately, effective Monday, March 16. The closure order currently extends through April 30.

School district leaders have been preparing for this eventuality for the last few weeks and are providing lessons to ensure students continue to master important content.  These lessons will be pushed out electronically for 3rd-12th graders via Google Classroom or Echo. Packets will be provided for younger students through teacher websites for printing at home. Students without internet connection or needed devices can pickup prepared packets at school or contact the school for delivery if transportation is not available. Alternately, students with transportation can connect to Wi-Fi in the parking lots of any Greenville County School between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Children who have a district-issued Chromebook at school will be allowed to pick those up for use at home. eLearning is set to begin Wednesday, March 18.

At this time, IEP/504 meetings are suspended, though specially-designed instruction will continue.  We are seeking additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.


GCS Student Meals & WiFi

Please check out our interactive map showing where WiFi and meals are available through the GCS FANS feeding program.  Red pins indicate meals and WiFi, blue pins are for WiFi access only.  


How Are You?

How is our Greenville Early College Family doing?  Please use this form to report any need during the COVID-19 school closure. We will do our best to assist as long as resources are available.


Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus

Do your children need help understanding Covid-19?  Here's a comic based on a radio story that NPR education reporter Cory Turner did. He asked some experts what kids might want to know about the new coronavirus discovered in China.


From the Desk of Mrs. Ford

Parents, please see an important update (spanish) from Mrs. Ford during the state wide school closure.


Covid-19 Resources from LiveWell Greenville

LiveWell Greenville wants to serve as a community resource throughout this social distancing period. To keep the community updated, we are corralling information on our website under COVID-19 Resources

Other relevant resources:

We hope that you and your family are staying safe and healthy during this time.
 


School Based Health Centers Still Available!

Parents, school based health centers are still available to your students! The providers from our Prisma Health school-based health center are available for phone and video visits while school is not in session. If you would like to schedule a non-emergent visit for your student, please call 864-380-8995. You can also sign up for Prisma Health’s MyChart app to contact your provider. To sign up for MyChart, please visit mychart.prismahealth.org, click “sign-up directly” and follow the prompts.

 


What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus. The disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated COVID-19).

Stopping the spread of the virus through everyday practices is the best way to keep people healthy. Symptoms may range from mild to severe and are similar to a cold or influenza.  They include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

Please see Greenville County Schools website for more important and the most up to date information about COVID-19.


2020/2021 School Calendar

Greenville County Schools has released the 2020-2021 academic calendar.  The first day of school for students is Monday, August 17, 2020, which is the first day South Carolina schools are allowed to begin the 2020-2021 year per state law.  The last day of school is Friday, June 4, 2021. 


File Your Taxes for FREE!

The 2020 tax season is here, and United Way of Greenville County is committed to helping families and individuals in our community file for free. 
 
Our Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has opened its 14th year with more than 50 volunteer-staffed sites across the Upstate. VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with an annual household income of less than $60,000. Last year, VITA helped more than 13,000 people, returning over $18 million into the pockets of Upstate taxpayers. Appointments can be scheduled through fileforfree.org or our 2-1-1 resource line and continue through the filing deadline on April 15. 
 
United Way has also partnered with H&R Block to offer MyFreeTaxes.com. This year, for the first time this self-prep tool is available to all taxpayers, regardless of income, to prepare and file their own simple federal and state tax returns for free online. MyFreeTaxes.com is powered by H&R Block's premium software and is easy to use, safe, mobile-friendly and 100 percent free.

To learn more about our VITA program, visit unitedwaygc.org/VITA. To schedule an appointment, head to fileforfree.org or dial 2-1-1.
       


New! Parent BackPack Account

Parent BackPack account provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to do the following:

Please note the Parent BackPack account is replacing the Parent Portal.

Instructions for Creating a Backpack for Parents Account

Instrucciones Para Crear una Cuenta de Mochila Para Padres


School-based Health Centers (SBHC)

School-based Health Centers make getting medical care  as simple as walking down the hall!

What are the advantages of school-based health centers (SBHC)?

Your SBHC will be staffed on Fridays; however Telehealth will be available 5 days a week. 

Please fill out the SBHC packet (Spanish version) and return to your child’s teacher, school nurse,  or at the front office.   These forms will allow your child to be seen in the SBHC anytime throughout the school year.