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Proposed Student Calendars

Parents and Guardians,

Greenville County Schools is proposing a shift to the student calendar, so students will start and end the year one week earlier. GCS is sharing two years of draft calendars and seeking your input on the proposed 2023-24 and 2024-25 student calendars.

The reason for this one-week shift is to allow the academic semester to end prior to winter break. Midterms, finals and state testing will be completed before students leave for winter break, rather than in January when they return to school after an extended break. This adjustment will be academically beneficial to students.  

You can view proposed calendars for the next two years along with Frequently Asked Questions here.

Parents and guardians can offer feedback through December 1st by emailing

There is a brief video and a flier for reference. 


Regular attendance is crucial in the success of every student. Here are a few reminders to help you and your student have a successful year at Heritage Elementary:

• The building opens for students at 7:00 am
• School starts promptly at 7:45 am
• No early dismissals after 1:45 pm
• School is dismissed at 2:15 pm
• Students should be picked up from school no later than 2:30 pm
• A parent must send a note for ANY absence or it will remain unexcused
• Students are allowed to miss 10 non-medical school days each year.
• All absences after the 10th non-medical absence must be for medical reasons and accompanied by a note from a doctor.
• A student must attend at least 3 hours or 180 minutes to be counted present for the day.

Submit a note for your child's absence.

Doctor's notes or parent notes can also be faxed to 864-355-6046. Please feel free to call our school office for any questions at 864-355-6000.

Parent Backpack Signup

Parents are encouraged to sign up for parent backpack. You will need your student's school ID number to add your student once you have enrolled as the parent. Please visit the GCSD link below for information to get started.

Parent Backpack Signup


Please visit GCSD Student Services - Health Services webpage for up to date information pertaining to health room and medication policies.