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PARENT/GUARDIAN

Lexington County School District One believes that parental involvement is essential for each student’s academic success. Parents and guardians work as ONE with Lexington One to ensure that our schools prepare our students for success.



BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION

In 2017–2018, Lexington County School District One students will come back to school on Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

The district tries to make the back-to-school registration process as easy as possible for our parents by offering online registration. In addition, all Lexington County School District One schools hold class assignment/schedule pickup dates prior to the first day of school. At that time, parents and students can pick up class assignments, pay school fees, purchase meal tickets, join the Parent Teacher Association, or complete other necessary paperwork.


CALENDARS

Academic Calendar 
Academic Calendar (Spanish)

Online Events Calendar


CLASS ASSIGNMENT/SCHEDULE PICK UP

All Lexington County School District One schools hold class assignment/schedule pick up dates prior to the first day of school. At that time, parents and students can pick up class assignments, pay school fees, purchase meal tickets or complete other necessary paperwork.

On class assignment/schedule pick up day, please bring proof of residency with you. For proof of residency, you can bring a current electric bill/statement or other utility bill showing your name and home address within the district and your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification.

If you are unable to produce any of the documents listed above, please contact the school or the Office of Student Services at 803-821-1029 to discuss alternative documentation that may be acceptable.

Here’s a list of the 2017–2018 class assignment/schedule pick up dates.


ENROLLING YOUR CHILD

In order to enroll your child, you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, a completed South Carolina Certificate of Immunization, and proof of residency to the school for which your child is zoned. 

For proof of residency, you can bring a current electric bill/statement or other utility bill showing your name and home address within the district and your South Carolina driver’s license or other state or federal photograph identification. 

If you are unable to produce any of the documents listed above, please contact the school or the Office of Student Services at 803-821-1029 to discuss alternative documentation that may be acceptable.


FEES

School fees are used to purchase “consumable goods” — music sheets or supplies that the student will use during the activity and which cannot be used again by another student.

Any fees collected by a school and not appearing on the fee lists are voluntary fees and not required.

Here’s a link to those fees.


FLIER POLICIES

Lexington County School District One uses a system called PeachJar to distribute fliers for community events that meet the standards set forth in the flier policy. Please contact the Communications department with any questions about distributing fliers.


FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Lexington County School District One announces its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in Lexington One schools under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown in the chart below may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Local school officials have adopted household size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

To see that information, click here


HELPFUL RESOURCES

A new resource, the Parent Toolkit, from NBC News’s Education Nation helps parents support their children’s growth in all areas, academic and otherwise. Resources such as videos, guides, and growth charts are focused on health and wellness; academic pursuits; and social and emotional development.


INFOSNAP (ONLINE REGISTRATION)

This year our district again offered parents an online opportunity to register their students, fill out some paperwork and even pay fees before schedule pick up days through InfoSnap, an online student registration system.

Now that school is back in session, parents who updated their child’s information using InfoSnap can log in at any time to retrieve a copy of the information submitted as well as access all of the back to school information that was available when they updated InfoSnap this summer. Click here to log into InfoSnap.

Here’s a link to some frequently asked questions.


IMMUNIZATIONS

In order for a child to be admitted to any public school, that child must have required vaccinations and immunizations.

Here’s a link to a list of required vaccinations and immunizations.


MEDIA CONSENT

Over the years, the district came to realize that the press/media’s use of newer forms of communication were blurring the lines of parent consent and making it harder and harder to communicate to parents what they were consenting to release. As newspapers and television stations began to use social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) and websites more to communicate news, it became more important to be more specific as we asked for parent permission.

FERPA Directory Information
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records, gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records, and requires that Lexington County School District One obtain your written consent or the student’s written consent if over 18 years of age, with certain exceptions, prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.

FERPA Directory Information deals with personally identifiable information in each child’s educational records and information that the district maintains through PowerSchool, for instance. This is information that schools use as part of the daily educational process such as grades, home address, telephone numbers and for internal use in honor roles, annuals, height and weight for basketball, football or wrestling programs, recognition lists, newsletters, playbills, programs (including graduation and athletic programs), etc.

The district routinely discloses directory information to outside organizations that contract with the district such as companies that manufacture class rings, take school photographs, or publish school annuals or yearbooks.

FERPA specifically has a reference to military recruiters in the law. So, in compliance with the law, the district also routinely discloses directory information (name, address, telephone number) to military recruiters, upon request. Here’s a link to more information about FERPA.

Student Media Consent and Release
The Media Consent and Release form allows us to determine whether parents want their children to appear in any form of public media or media that has the potential to be public such as the district’s own social media posts, television or newspaper stories and photographs, internal or external videos, radio interviews, newsletters, publications, etc. 

At the beginning of the year, the student’s parent or legal guardian is asked, through a Media Consent and Release form, to give Lexington District One and its employees, representatives and authorized media organizations permission to print, photograph and record their child for use in audio, video, film or any other electronic, digital or printed media. You can view the form here.


NAVIANCE FAMILY CONNECTION

Naviance is a web-based college and career readiness platform designed for students in grades 6–12 and their parents. It provides comprehensive college and career readiness information for middle and high school students and helps connect academic achievement to post-secondary goals.

After logging into PowerSchool, parents of students in grades 6–12 can access the Naviance Family Connection through the PowerSchool Parent Portal by clicking on the white arrow on the far right of the blue bar, located at the top of the page.

FERPA Directory Information form FERPA Directory Information deals with personally identifiable information in each child’s educational records and information that the district maintains through PowerSchool, for instance. This is information that schools use as part of the daily educational process such as grades, home address, telephone numbers and for internal use in honor roles, annuals, height and weight for basketball, football or wrestling programs, recognition lists, newsletters, playbills, programs (including graduation and athletic programs), etc.

Student Media Consent and Release form The Media Consent and Release form allows us to determine whether parents want their children to appear in any form of public media or media that has the potential to be public such as the district’s own social media posts, television or newspaper stories and photographs, internal or external videos, radio interviews, newsletters, publications, etc.


POWERSCHOOL

Use the PowerSchool Parent Portal to easily check your child’s grades, review assignments, access Naviance Family Connection (Grades 6–12) and more. Click here to go to the login page or click here for information regarding computer environments (web browsers, operating systems, and Java version) for PowerSchool.


SCHOOLMESSENGER

Lexington One uses a communications tool called SchoolMessenger. It is a telephone messaging system that helps us get emergency and general messages to our staff and students’ parents/guardians quickly by telephone.  We can, for instance, let you know that we are closing early due to bad weather, that your child’s bus is running late, that your child missed a day of school or even that your child is running low on lunch money.

At the beginning of each school year, we are also required to notify you about your rights under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. If you do not want to receive calls or text messages on your cell telephone, you can change your preferences at any time by using the SchoolMessenger website or the SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. 

In case you are interested, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (47 U.S.C. 227) is a law that was passed by the US Congress in 1991. This law places restrictions on telephone solicitations and the use of automated telephone equipment, protecting the public from receiving unwanted phone calls.

While schools enjoy exemptions from some of these restrictions, the preference configurations within SchoolMessenger allow parents/guardians and staff to set their consent state (“yes” or “no”) for each telephone number associated with their account. With the exception of emergency calls, which cannot be exempted, any telephone number whose consent state is set to “no” will not receive calls from SchoolMessenger. The information we have for you in the SchoolMessenger system comes from our student information system, PowerSchool. If we send an emergency message using the SchoolMessenger system, the system will call the number that you, the parent, designated to receive emergency calls.

If your telephone number(s) or email address changes for any reason, you can change those before school begins as you register your student online using the district’s online registration system, InfoSnap. If, after school begins, you need to change your telephone number(s) or email address, contact your child’s school.

If you were a parent in our district last year, SchoolMessenger will look different to you this year, due to changes related to your rights under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. However, you should just use the email address and password that you used last year and sign in.

If you are a new parent this year or you are a parent who never set up a SchoolMessenger account, you will need to create a new SchoolMessenger account using the email address we currently have on file for you in PowerSchool. Click here for directions on creating an account and managing your preferences. 

SchoolMessenger app information:
English version
Spanish version


SCHOOLOGY

Schoology is the Learning Management System for middle and high schools beginning 2014–2015. Your child’s school will distribute Schoology parent codes.

Please view the parent activation video to learn how to use your access code to establish a Schoology account. Note that this video is not viewable on a Lexington One Student Device. Additionally, you can view written directions on how to establish your account and an overview of how to navigate your account. Parents may activate and view their Schoology account here.


SCHOOL START/DISMISSAL TIMES

Wondering when your child needs to be at school? Click here.


SCHOOL BUSES

Bus routes are located under the details on each school page. These are listed here.
You can find information about school bus transportation here.


S.C. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRY

Lexington District One’s highest priority is the safety of students and staff.

In accordance with state law, the school district must provide a link to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division’s sex offender registry.

Here is that link.


STUDENT HANDBOOK

Student Handbook
Student Handbook (Spanish)


SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

Support organizations, such as booster clubs and parent teacher associations, play an important role in support of the district’s schools. Without them, schools would not be able to provide many of the opportunities that students enjoy through programs supported by these organizations.

The Support Organization Guide was written with the help of parents, students and staff members, who volunteered their time and talents. Their work exemplifies the cooperative support schools need from parents to mold strong educational institutions for all the children who attend them.

See the guide here.

The district also provides best practices training from time to time. The last training was held in August 2017. See the presentation here.