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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.)

Graduation —— Does Lexington District One designate valedictorians?

It is Lexington County School District One’s practice not to select a valedictorian or salutatorian at any of its high schools. That practice has been in effect for more than 20 years.

In fact, each year, information about that practice is published in the Student Handbook as follows.

Honor Graduates

No high school in Lexington One selects a class valedictorian or salutatorian. They do, however, recognize their honor graduates.

To be recognized as an honor graduate, seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class or earn a final GPA of 4.0 or higher on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.

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

Graduation —— Does Lexington District One designate valedictorians?

It is Lexington County School District One’s practice not to select a valedictorian or salutatorian at any of its high schools. That practice has been in effect for more than 20 years.

In fact, each year, information about that practice is published in the Student Handbook as follows.

Honor Graduates

No high school in Lexington One selects a class valedictorian or salutatorian. They do, however, recognize their honor graduates.

To be recognized as an honor graduate, seniors must rank in the top 10 percent of their graduating class or earn a final GPA of 4.0 or higher on the South Carolina Uniform Grading Scale.

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.

The district reviews this each year as part of our preparations for graduation.

This year, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory panel, made up of seniors and juniors from all five of the district’s high schools and the technology center, also participated in this process. They asked about Girls and Boys State, Girl Scouts of America and the National Technical Honor Society, just to name a few. 

However, in the end, our schools chose to continue the same traditions (which include a variety of stoles, cords, medallions and seals on their diplomas) this year that recognize their academic accomplishments at this year’s graduations.

Some examples of those follow:

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

  • Students who enlisted and will go directly into a branch of the military receive a military cord from the South Carolina Department of Education.

  • 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 South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and South Carolina 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.

In addition, each high school holds an annual awards program, usually at night, and recognizes students’ other awards such as scholarships, etc. in the graduation program.