Information for Parents
Attendance Policy/Bell Schedule
Daily School Schedule
7:30 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. Breakfast served
7:50 a.m. Students dismissed to class
8:00 a.m. School day begins
(Late students must be signed in at the office)
3:00 p.m. Car riders and bus riders dismissed
Absences and Tardiness
The district board of trustees, or its designee, shall approve or disapprove any student’s absences in excess of ten days, whether lawful, unlawful, or a combination there of, for students in grades Pre-K through 5th.
Students are expected to be in school each day unless they are ill or have a death in the family. A written excuse should be brought in the day after being absent.
All students excused from school before regular dismissal time must have a parent or parent’s designee come into the office and sign the student out. Parents are urged to take children home early, only in the case of illness or emergency. Time lost in the classroom is difficult to recover. Please know that when a student is dismissed early, this greatly interferes with instruction. Teachers must stop instruction to give out homework assignments and prepare the student to leave. This takes time away from all of the other students.
The district will utilize a written intervention plan for improving student attendance. The purpose of the plan will be to link students with attendance problems and their families to all appropriate school and community resources. Any student who misses school must present a written excuse, signed by his/her parent/legal guardian.
If a student fails to bring a valid excuse to school within three school days of the student returning to school, he/she will automatically receive an unexcused absence.
Attendance notices will be sent to parents/guardians to inform you of days your child has missed from school. These notices will be sent out when your child has missed 3, 5, 7, and 10 days. All excessive absences will be submitted to the District Truancy office.
District Policy- Tardies and Early Dismissals
Uninterrupted class time is extremely important to the learning of all students. All students arriving to school after 8:00 a.m. must report to the office for an admission slip to class. A student will be allowed to be tardy (unexcused) three times with no consequences. On the fourth and all subsequent tardies, students will be assigned to after school detention the following day. Detention will not be held on Friday. Parents/ Guardians will need to pick up students from detention at 4 p.m.
As students being tardy pose a problem for our instructional day, so do early dismissals. Students will be allowed to be signed out early with no written appointment card three times. On the fourth and all subsequent early dismissals, students will be assigned to after school detention the following day. Detention will not be held on Friday. Parents/ Guardians will be responsible for picking up students from after school detention at 4 p.m.
Habitual violators will be addressed with additional consequences. Thank you for working with us to provide an uninterrupted school day for all students!
Child Find Announcement
The Office of Student Services of Saluda County Schools requests your help in the location and identification of all children with disabilities not currently being served. South Carolina statutes require public schools to provide appropriate educational programs for disabled children ages three through twenty-one years. Current categories of disabilities are a preschool child with a disability, developmentally delayed, speech/language impairment, orthopedic impairment, visual impairment, other health impairments, deaf-blindness, autism, traumatic brain injury, multiple disabilities, mental disability, specific learning disability, deaf and hard of hearing, and emotional disability.
Anyone who is aware of any child suspected of having any of these disabilities can contact Mr. Brian Chatman at 864/445-8441 weekdays between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 4:30p.m.. The names of the referral person will remain confidential.
District Vision and Mission
When enrolling your child, please bring the following with you:
Two proofs of residence (light bill, cable television bill, etc.)
Child's Social Security Card
Child's Birth Certificate
Child's Social Security Card
Child's Birth Certificate
The district provides homebound services (i.e.; short-term, long-term, and intermittent) to students who meet the requirements, due to medical issues. Services are provided to assist students who are unable to attend class for documented medical reasons. To inquire about homebound services, contact the Homebound Coordinator at your child's school.
Inclement Weather Procedures
When inclement weather occurs, district administrators will decide as soon as possible if school will be closed. The decision will be aired on the following stations. WBLR Batesburg(Spanish 1430-AM), WJES Johnston (92.7-FM), WCRS Greenwood (96.7-FM), WDXZ Newberry (106.3-FM), and WIS Columbia (106.7FM).
Parent's Right to Know
Parents'/Guardians' Rights Notification
Parents/Guardians in Saluda County Schools have the right to learn about the following qualifications of their child's teacher: state licensure requirements for the grade level and content areas taught, the current licensing status of your child's teacher, and baccalaureate/graduate certification/degree.
You may also request the qualifications of an instructional paraprofessional who serves your student in a Title I program or if your school operates a schoolwide Title I program. Parents/Guardians may request this information from the District’s Personnel Director, Janet Sample, by calling 864-445-8441 or by sending a letter of request to the Personnel Director, Janet Sample, 404 North Wise Road, Saluda, SC 29138.
Saluda County Schools ensures that parents will be notified in writing if their child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not considered highly qualified.
Notificación de los derechos de los Padres/Representantes
En el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Saluda, los Padres/Representantes tienen derecho a saber la siguiente información sobre el maestro que instruye a su hijo: losrequisitos para obtener la certificación como maestro para el nivel de grado y para las materias que enseña; el estatus actual de certificación que tiene el maestro de su hijo; y el título que ostenta, sea licenciatura, maestría o doctorado.
Usted también puede solicitar el nivel de los para-profesionales que atienden a su hijo en los programas de Title I, o si la escuela a la que asiste opera bajo un sistema general de Title I. Los Padres/Representantes pueden pedir esta información a la oficina del Superintendente llamando al teléfono 864-445-8441 o hacer el pedido por carta a la Oficina del Superintendente, 404 North Wise Road, Saluda, SC 29138.
El Distrito Escolar del Condado de Saluda asegura a los padres que se les notificará por escrito si su hijo ha sido asignado, o si por durante cuatro semanas consecutivas o por más tiempo ha recibido instrucción de un maestro que no se considere altamente calificado.
Transportation Policies and Procedures
The school transportation system is owned and financed by the state. Bus drivers are carefully screened and given bus training for their job. A few rules in regard to buses are as follows:
The school bus is considered a classroom – no smoking, no eating or drinking, no objects thrown, and no getting up and moving about.
Students should be at the bus stop in the morning ready to board. The bus will not wait for your child. Exceptions are made during inclement weather.
Students are to ride only the bus to which they have been assigned. Students must have written permission from a parent in order to ride a different bus. The principal or designee must approve this note.
Students will not be allowed to carry balloons or flowers in glass vases on the bus.
Students will not be allowed to transport animals on the school bus.
Remember riding the school bus is a privilege, not a right. We must follow all rules. Students accumulating excessive discipline referrals will be removed from the bus.
All buses are equipped with cameras. The cameras are there for the protection of all students and drivers. The cameras will also be used by the administration to monitor student behavior on the bus.
PROCEDURES FOR CAR RIDERS
Morning – All drivers should turn in at the drive near Denny Hwy. Follow the road to the student drop off area. A staff member will assist the children out of the car and direct them to the appropriate area. You may drop your children off beginning at 7:30 a.m. Do not drop your child off before this time. No one will be available to properly supervise your child. Anyone arriving after 8:00 a.m. should report to the office for a tardy slip.
Afternoon – Cars should follow the same procedures as in the morning. Please do not begin lining up before 2:30 p.m. as this will create a traffic hazard. Teachers will be on duty to ensure the safety of students. Parents are asked to fully cooperate with safety procedures. Special procedures for large group pick-up may be obtained from the principal.
Students will not be allowed to go to cars parked on Hollywood School Road.
Please remember school dismisses at 3:00. ALL students should be picked up at this time. We will not be able to provide supervision after school hours.