All prescription and over-the-counter medications must be registered by the parent/guardian with the school nurse or main office. Medication may not be transported by students on the school bus. If there is no other way to get the medication to school, a parent/guardian must contact the school nurse to make arrangements. All medication must be in the original container with original labels and directions for dosage. Any student who is to have prescription medication administered at school must provide a form signed by the prescribing physician and parent/guardian. Any student who is to have non-prescription medication administered at school must provide a form signed by the parent/guardian. Forms are available here and at the school.
The school nurse should be notified as soon as possible about chronic illnesses. A chronic illness is defined as sickness of long duration or frequent recurrence that necessitates absence from school. A parent/guardian may obtain a chronic or extended illness verification form to take to their child’s physician. The form must be renewed each year and signed by the child’s physician verifying a chronic illness. Chronic illness forms cover only absences due to the illness/disease specified by the student’s physician. A note from a parent/guardian must be sent to school each time the student is absent due to the chronic illness. This form does not excuse the student from any assignment missed during absences. All missed work/assignments should be made up.
Entrance Age Requirements – Students registering for 4K must be four years old on or before September 1. Enrollment in 4K full-day and half-day classes is limited. All full-day students must be Medicaid eligible or qualify for free or reduced lunch. Students registering for 5K must be five years old on or before September 1. Students registering for first grade must be six years old on or before September 1.
State law requires all children between the ages of five and 17 to attend a public or private school or kindergarten approved by the State Board of Education, the South Carolina Independent Schools Association, or approved by the district for home schooling. A parent/legal guardian whose child or ward is not six years old on or before September 1st of the school year may waive kindergarten attendance for his/her child.
Student attendance is not
only the law, it is critical for student success. Consistent
school attendance is critical for student achievement. If students are not present, they cannot
benefit from classroom instruction. State attendance laws require student
attendance for course credit and grade-level promotion. The district strictly adheres to state laws and
regulations governing student attendance. State regulations require that all students who miss more than half of the instructional day, regardless of the excuse, must be counted towards the chronic absenteeism report.
üTo be promoted to the next grade or receive credit
for high school courses, students may not be absent from school or class for
more than ten (10) days for year-long courses or five (5) days for semester
courses, unless the absences are excused by a medical doctor’s written
statements or principal’s approval.
üStudents are considered truant after three (3)
consecutive or five (5) cumulative days of absences, tardies, or early
sign-outs, not excused by a medical doctor’s written statement, proof of bereavement,
or principal’s approval. (See Student Health Section for information on
absences due to chronic illness.)
üAn Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP) will be
developed by the school for truant students.
The plan will help to establish goals for regular school attendance and
will be monitored to ensure compliance.
Failure to comply with the plan may result in legal proceedings.
üTo help reduce truancy and tardies, the district
has initiated a Student Judiciary Court in cooperation with the solicitor’s office.
Transfers to other schools may be approved for situations that may include, but are not limited to, childcare, parent/guardian work schedule or location, health care, preferred academic offerings, and intent to relocate the primary residence within the school year. Parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation for students for elective transfers. New student transfers may not be approved for schools that are operating at 100% or above capacity. Contact the administrative office at 864/984-3568 for additional information.
Assignments to Schools
Students are assigned to schools based on their primary residence address. If you have questions about your attendance area, please call 864-984-3568 for assistance.
If you have questions please call 864-984-3568 for assistance.
Transfers to other schools may be approved for situations that may include, but are not limited to, childcare, parent/guardian work schedule or location, health care, preferred academic offerings, and intent to relocate the primary residence within the school year. Parent/guardian is responsible for providing transportation for students for elective transfers. New student transfers may not be approved for schools that are operating at 100% or above capacity.
LCSD 55 provides school bus transportation to eligible students within the boundaries provided for by federal and state funds and state board of education regulations. Information about bus transportation for students is available at the time of registration or at any time upon request. The district operates state-owned buses for transporting students to and from school. District-owned activity buses are used for athletics, field trips, and other special events.The district adheres to applicable rules and regulations relative to the routing and operation of the transportation system.
student behavior is extremely important on the bus to ensure the safety of all
passengers.Bus drivers must maintain
focus on highway safety.Video
surveillance is used on buses to monitor behavior and may be used as evidence
in disciplinary or legal proceedings.Bus transportation is a privilege that can be suspended or revoked if a
student’s behavior violates the discipline code, or creates or contributes to
an unsafe condition.See pages 21-22 for
additional information. See School Bus Rules here.
to state law, the following guidelines are used when establishing bus routes:
·Students who live within one and one-half miles of
their school will not be provided bus transportation unless the area is deemed
to have hazardous walking conditions.
·Bus stops are spaced at least two-tenths of one
mile apart unless hazardous conditions warrant a stop at a safe point as
determined by the district.
·Students living less than three-tenths of one mile
from a main road must meet the bus at an established safe point.
There must be someone at the bus stop to receive and to supervise
students dropped off on mid-day and special needs routes. Without the presence of someone to assume
responsibility and provide supervision, the student will be returned to school
and the parent/guardian will be notified. If the parent/guardian or other
emergency contact cannot be located, law enforcement will be notified.In the event of a student injury involving a school bus,
the bus transportation director must be notified immediately at 864-682-9117.
To create learning success stories, one student at a time.
Adult Education in Laurens County provides an avenue through which students aged 17 and older may earn a GED.
The program operates out of the Laurens County Higher Education Center on Medical Ridge Road in Clinton. Morning and afternoon classes are available at several convenient locations throughout the district.
The Act, most recently re-authorized December 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), provides for each homeless child and youth to have equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, including a public preschool education, as other children and youth.
For help in identifying and assisting families with enrolling homeless children and youth in school, please contact Dr. Jody Penland at 864-984-3568.