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GCS Virtual School Supply List

Follow this link for the GCS Virtual School Supply List.

2020-21 TES Supply List

Follow the link for the 2020-21 School Supply List. 

LEAP Days for 4K-8th Grade

The South Carolina General Assembly has approved funding for additional days before the start  of the new school year for students. These additional days are identified as LEAP (Learn, Evaluate, Analyze, and Prepare) Days. The LEAP Days for Greenville County Elementary Schools will be August 17-21, 2020. Schools are required to offer the LEAP days, but students are not required to attend.

We will use this time to assess the needs of our students to prepare for their learning in the coming year. We also want to help your child become familiar with our new learning environment, including wearing masks in 2nd through 5th grades. Session 1 students will receive breakfast and a bagged lunch to take home. Session 2 students will receive lunch. Chromebooks will also be provided to students in 3rd-5th grade and for 4 year old kindergarten through 2nd grade students
as they become available.

There will be two sessions on each day of our LEAP week. Session 1 (7:45-10:15) will be for GCS non-Virtual Academy Students. Session 2 (12:00-2:30) will be for GCS Virtual Academy Students. Students are asked to attend one day that week according to their assigned color track. “Blue” students whose last names begin with the letters A-D will attend on Monday, “red” students (letters E-K) attend Tuesday, “green” students (L-Q) attend Wednesday and “purple” students (R-Z) attend Thursday. Friday will be a make-up day for any students who were unable to attend their color coded day.

All appropriate safety measures will be followed to maintain social distancing, to the extent possible, and all safety precautions will be followed to help protect our students, faculty, staff, and community. Transportation will be provided to those who completed their transportation forms by July 15 and requested bus service. Parents should visit the GCS website or call 355-3100 to learn how to enroll their children if they were not in GCS last year or for information on requesting
bus transportation.

Please complete one survey for your household for students in 4 year old kindergarten through 5th grade during the school year 2020-21. The deadline for the LEAP Survey is Wednesday, August 12th.

GCS Adjusts School Start Date

Greenville County Schools has moved the start-date for the 2020-21 school year from August 17 to August 24, which is one week later than our original plan.  The main reason for this change is to allow us time to reconstruct class rosters and allocate teachers in response to the new Virtual Program option.  Approximately 10,000 students have already enrolled ahead of the July 27 deadline to sign up.  

This change in the start-date will not affect the end-date of the school calendar.  Days will be made up as follows:

We are an approved eLearning district now, which means “snow days” are not required to be built into the calendar. Those three days will become school days
The first Monday of November, the day before the election, will change from a student and teacher holiday to a school day. Election Day, as mandated by law, will continue to be a student/teacher holiday.
A teacher workday/student holiday on January 15 will become a school day.
This gives us five additional attendance days to balance the five days we would have been in school from August 17-21. 
In keeping with the original calendar, teachers will still report to school August 10 for teacher work days used to prepare for the new year. Teachers will not be required to work the week of August 17.

Parent Backpack

Parents are strongly encouraged to create a Backpack account for their children. Greenville County Schools uses Backpack to provide parents with the most recent news and information about our schools. The Backpack for Parents account also provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to:

Use this link to view directions for creating the Parent Backpack.

Return to School Web Page

GCS has designed a Return to School webpage for parents.  This page has links to items such as the new transportation form, parent resources, and announcements.

2020-21 Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

School meals will be available for all students in all school-opening scenarios, including the 100% eLearning option (Attendance Plan 0) and for those that register for the Virtual Program.  In order to qualify for free or reduced meals, parents must complete a new free and reduced meal application for the current school year.  Online Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications are now available for the 2020-2021 school year. They can be accessed on the GCS Food and Nutrition Services website at While paper applications will be provided for parents when they returned to school, the online applications are by far the most accurate and efficient method to apply for Free or Reduced Priced Meals. On average, online applications are processed within 24-48 hour of completion. We highly encourage all parents to take advantage of this simple to use and fast process. For more information regarding Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications please contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at 355-1251 or by e-mail at

Summer Reading

Summer Reading is here.  Be sure to log your reading on the forms below for your grade for the 2020-21 school year.  For example, if you just finished first grade this past year, you are a rising 2nd grader. Our goal this week has two options.  Option 1: Read for 20 minutes a day for five days and complete the digital reading log each day.  Option 2:  Complete 5 iXL lessons in reading and or math.   If 50 students participate in either option, our reading challenge teacher will face silly string.  Check out our summer reading video on our Facebook page to find out who the summer reading challenge teacher is this week. If your student wants to be featured in our next summer reading video, please email a photo of your student reading to  So get ready, get set, read!

Rising K5 | Rising 1st | Rising 2nd | Rising 3rd | Rising 4th | Rising 5th

Meal Delivery Locations Changes During the Summer

Beginning June 8, FANS will serve meals at all elementary schools, with the exception of Bryson Elementary, Chandler Creek, and Summit Drive. Bryson Elementary families can receive meals at Golden Strip Child Development Center. Meals will be provided Monday through Thursday from 10 am - 12 pm each day. On Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, each student will receive one breakfast and one lunch. On Thursdays, each student will receive eight meals – four breakfasts and four lunches. FANS will continue this schedule through Thursday, August 6.

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements, meals will be provided on a to-go basis only and will be served in the school’s student drop-off line. There will be no need for parents to exit their vehicles to obtain the meals. USDA has provided flexibilities to allow the distribution of meals to adults to take home to children. Meals may be distributed to adults when children are not present if the adult is able to demonstrate proof of the child’s identity. Valid forms of identification may include, but are not limited to school identification card, school report card, child’s passport, birth certificate, government-issued child identification card, or any document proving parent/guardian identity and relationship to the child, such as an adoption decree, doctor, clinic, or hospital record, religious record, or daycare center record. Individuals with questions about the summer feeding program should contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at (864) 355-1246.

New Transportation Form for 2020-21

Greenville County Schools is asking ALL families who will have a student or students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year to complete a new Transportation Request Form. The form should be completed for EVERY student, including bus riders, car riders, walkers, bicyclists, and daycare bus riders.

It is very important to complete the form so GCS can efficiently plan for how students will arrive and depart campuses daily. It is particularly important for students who have moved or changed schools. 

In order to ensure school bus transportation on the first day of school, forms are due by Friday, July 31. School bus requests submitted after July 31 will not be routed until after Labor Day.

Kindergarten and First Grade Registration

Children who will be five years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in public or private kindergarten unless the parent or legal guardian signs a waiver (see Kindergarten Non-Attendance Form at the link below). Any child who will be six years old on or before September 1 of the current year must enroll in first grade.  Parents wishing to enroll new students for the 2020-21 school year should visit the enrollment information at the GCS website. Print and complete the enrollment forms and scan or photograph the required documentation. Once complete, please call the assigned school and leave a message with your phone number or email address. The appropriate individual will contact you with further directions for turning in the forms and completing the enrollment process.

2020-2021 Registration

Parents wishing to enroll new students for the 2020-21 school year need complete the 3 registration forms.  (Student Enrollment form | Home Language Survey | Transportation Request form)  Email them along with a scan/photo of the following documents to Christine Lewandowski at or fax to 864-355-4646:

If you have any questions, please call the main office & leave a message: 864-355-4600.  Someone will return your call as soon as possible.  All other forms such as medical forms are on the GCS website.