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FAQs for Parents

Do all schools say the Pledge of Allegiance each day?

In accordance with the Code of Laws of South Carolina, Chapter 1 General Provisions, Article 1, Section 455, all public school students say the Pledge of Allegiance each day at a designated time. For your information, 59-1-455 appears below:

Time for pledge of allegiance required

Beginning with the 1991-92 school year, all public school students, commencing with grades kindergarten through and including high school, shall during the course of each school day’s activities at a specific time which must be designated by the local school say the Pledge of Allegiance as follows:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Any person not wishing to say the “Pledge of Allegiance” or otherwise participate in saying the “Pledge of Allegiance” is exempt from participation and may not be penalized for failing to participate.

A person who does not wish to participate may leave the classroom, may remain in his seat, or may express his non-participation in any form which does not materially infringe upon the rights of other persons or disrupt school activities.

Does the district observe state holidays?

School districts are not considered state agencies.

However, school district employees do get to participate in the state retirement system and insurance system, which makes some people think of them as state employees. Still, school district employees do not accrue leave in the same way that state employees do, etc.

Holidays are another area in which there is a difference. According to the South Carolina Department of Education’s attorneys, the only holiday that a public school is required to be closed is on General Election Day. From the Code of Laws of South Carolina SECTION 59-1-370, SECTION 53-5-20: “Closing of educational institutions on general election day. All State-supported colleges and universities, technical education centers and public schools shall be closed general election day in November of each even-numbered year. This day shall not be considered as one of the regular school days for the year for public schools.”

The Code of Laws of South Carolina SECTION 53-5-10 lists the holidays that state employees are required to observe. (Remember school districts are not legally required to observe these same holidays.)

  • The first day of January — New Year’s Day
  • The third Monday of January — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • The third Monday in February — George Washington’s birthday/President’s Day
  • The tenth day of May — Confederate Memorial Day
  • The last Monday of May — National Memorial Day
  • The fourth day of July — Independence Day
  • The first Monday in September — Labor Day
  • The eleventh day of November — Veterans Day
  • National Thanksgiving Day and the day after
  • The twenty-fifth and twenty-sixth days of December (Governor may also declare Christmas Eve a holiday for state government employees.)

This law goes on to state that public colleges, universities and technical colleges are not legally required to observe all these state holidays. (The rationale: It makes it hard to schedule all the hours needed to meet requirements for hours of instruction per course, etc.)

How do I get a transcript for educational or employment purposes?

If you graduated from one of our four high schools (Gilbert High, Lexington High, Pelion High, or White Knoll High), you can get a transcript for educational or employment purposes by contacting the records secretary in that school’s guidance office.

Call the high school and ask for the records secretary. She can tell you whether you will need to put your request in writing or whether you will be able to make the request by telephone.

How does the district define honor graduates?

Honor graduates are seniors who have an overall GPA of 4.0 or who have a GPA that ranks in the top 10 percent of the senior class. Lexington One high schools recognize the honor graduates during graduation ceremonies.

How much time should my child spend on homework each night?

Most educators agree that homework for children in kindergarten through grade 2 should fall between 10 to 20 minutes each school day, while children in grades 3–6 can handle 30 to 60 minutes a day.

In middle and high school, the amount of homework will vary by subject as most older students also have homework projects that may have deadlines weeks away.


Graduation —— Is it true that graduates won’t be allowed to wear honor cords, etc.?

No. It is not true. This is just a rumor.

Graduating students will continue the same traditions this year and will recognize their academic accomplishments at this year’s graduation just as they have every year.

They can earn the right to wear a variety of stoles, cords, medallions.

Some examples follow:

  • Students who complete a “major” receive a cord to wear around their neck and over their gown.

  • Centers for Advanced Study completers wear a white stole with the center’s logo on it.

  • Graduates of the district’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme receive a stole.

  • The district’s high schools recognize honor graduates in a variety of ways. Some give medallions. Some give honor graduate stoles.

  • Graduates of the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and SC college partners’ Accelerate program wear a medallion.

  • The district’s high schools recognize National Honor Society and/or Beta Club members with seals on diplomas, stoles, etc.

  • And, this year for the first time, students who have enlisted and will go directly into a branch of the military will receive a new military cord.