Sept. 4th Cub Reporter


- Return to School

- Car Rider line Route

- Hand Sanitizing Station

- 2020-21 School Supply List

- District Five Hybrid and Five student Meal Sites

- MAP Testing

- General Front Office Safety Protocol

- Health Room

- Device Information

- Important information from the Registrar

- Library Books

Return to school

The first day of school for Cohort A will be September 8th and Cohort B is September 10th. School doors open for students at 7:00 a.m. Parents will not be allowed entrance into the building. Please be reassured, that staff are present in the hallways every morning to direct students to their classrooms.

Masks must be worn by students when entering the building.

See link for more information:

Please send the Green Emergency contact and Blue health card with your student on the first day of school to be given to the teacher.

Supplies may be brought on the first day of school. Students may not be able to carry all supplies at once. Sending them in portion the first couple of days is acceptable.

Water bottles with your child's name on it are acceptable.

Dismissal is at 2:40 p.m.

Please notify your child's teacher to let them know how your child is going home, will they be car, bus, or daycare on the first day of school. If you have not done this, please send an email to your child teacher.

If your child is a car rider, please use the side car rider line by the gym to drop off and pick up your student. Directional signs will be in place to guide you. The entrance is on the cafeteria end of the school. Car rider tags were placed in your device rollout bags. Please place these in your car window when picking up students.

If your student is Day Care please be sure your child knows their daycares name.

See link for more bus information:


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Hand Sanitizing Stations

Hand sanitizing stations have been placed by all main entrances to the building. All Students and staff must use hand sanitizer when entering the building.

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2020-21 School Supply List

Click Here Supplies can be bought on the first day of school

District Five Hybrid and Five student meal sites

All District Five Students will receive free meals through a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) waiver extension providing free breakfast and lunch to students until as late as the end of December 2020.

Students enrolled in the Five Virtual Program

Students can pick up their meals at these locations on Wednesday’s listed below:

  • Chapin High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

  • Dutch Fork High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m.-12 noon

  • Irmo High School (bus loop) - 10:30 a.m. - 12 noon

These locations will provide five-days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals to students enrolled in the FIVE program.

Hybrid Meal Sites & Delivery Locations

Several bus delivery locations will be offered at district-wide locations on Wednesday’s. Hybrid Meals (3 days’ worth of breakfast and lunch meals) may also be picked up at the following locations:

Chapin High School: Bus Loop (10:30 a.m.-12 noon)

Dutch Fork High: Bus Loop (10:30 a.m.-12 noon)

Irmo High: Bus Loop (10:30 a.m.-12 noon)


Students 1st through 5th grade will be participating in MAP Testing September 8th through Sept 21st. It is important that all students have a healthy breakfast on these mornings. Please be sure your student brings their Chromebook fully charged on these days.

Virtual Students will MAP test on Wednesday Sept.9th and Wednesday 16th here at the school

Parent/Vendor School Visitor Protocols

School District Five of Lexington & Richland Counties will limit the number of visitors in schools and front office areas, in response to COVID-19. The following guidelines have been implemented to help ensure the safety of our students and staff during the school day.

  1. Parents/guardians are asked to call schools and schedule appointments with guidance counselors, administrators or other staff, when possible.

After scheduling an appointment, a link for an electronic check-in process will be provided. A badge also will be printed at their appointment time, and the parent/guardian will be able to proceed to their appointment location with little to no wait. Valid identification will still be required and verified.

  1. Late (tardy) arrival and early departure notes for all students should be submitted to the school’s attendance clerk electronically via email.

Students leaving school early will be called to the front office at the time on the note (email). The parent/guardian should remain in their vehicle until they are contacted by front office staff. Masks should be worn before entering the building, and proper identification will be required for parents/guardians.

[If FIVE students are tardy/will be absent, parents/guardians should email their child's teacher(s).]

  1. Please note that unscheduled early student pick up may require wait time.

We know that emergencies happen and that some student early departures can not be planned or scheduled. Our staff will work with families during these emergency situations to release students as quickly as possible, while maintaining safety procedures and protocols.

  1. Vendors will receive badges and be asked to follow the district’s safety measures.

Masks and other appropriate PPE will be required for all vendors.

General Front Office Safety Protocols

Safety is our top priority. We ask that visitors to our front offices observe the following measures to help ensure the safety of our staff and students:

  1. Visitors, who do not have scheduled appointments, will be asked to call the front office and wait in their vehicle until they receive a callback to safely enter a school or office site. This ensures social distancing and the safety of guests and staff in our front office spaces. Signage, with office contact numbers, will be posted at school and office sites. School contact information can also be found online at

  2. As visitors await entry, we ask that they review the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s COVID symptoms guidelines. Visitors should not enter schools and/or offices if they have a confirmed case or symptoms of COVID-19.

  3. School District Five has a mask requirement for staff and students. Visitors should wear masks before entering school and office buildings.

From The Health Room

Welcome back DFES families to the 2020-21 school year be it virtually or the hybrid model! Despite the craziness of this year, we can make this a healthy year by following some simple steps & guidelines:
Regardless of where your student is sitting for class, it’s important that your child gets enough rest every night so that they can do their best during the school day. It’s also important that your student start each day with a nutritious breakfast. Handwashing, social distancing, and the wearing of a facemask are critical to your students’ health. You may view the District’s face mask policy at

The School District is following DHEC guidelines in regard to COVID-19, students and staff are required to self-assess prior to coming to school. Students & staff should not report to school if sick. Please refer to the attached link for further guidance pertaining to COVID-19:

While COVID-19 is present and very real, please be aware that the School District also follows guidelines for children’s illnesses. The 2020-21 “School Exclusion” list is on the District Homepage under the Resources “School Health Services” link. You may also refer to the attached link for further information and guidance regarding when to keep your child home and when it’s safe for them to return to school.

Immunizations: Please make sure that your student's vaccine needs are current and that your physician forwards an updated copy of the SC Certificate of Immunization to the school. (this is applicable for ALL students whether virtual or hybrid).

Medications: Please remember that a responsible adult should deliver ANY medicine to the school. Because of COVID and visitation policies, please contact your school nurse for delivery so that she/he may meet you outside the school building. Medication Administration forms can be found on the District’s homepage under the Resources “School Health Services” link. Please complete the medication administration form, Prescription Medications require a Physician’s signature, Nonprescription meds require a parents’ signature.

Health & student wellness are a top priority, please contact the Health Room at 803-476-3906 if you have any questions, updates and/or concerns pertaining to your student's health.

Nurse Sherman



Contact Sharon Clemens at or 803-476-3917

Update Portal – Can You Check This Off of Your List?

If you have not completed this, visit to update emergency contact names, email addresses, and phone numbers. This must be done before the school will issue an electronic device to your child in grades 5K – 5th. If you have a new address, complete the update and send your proof of residence to the registrar so the updated record can be submitted by the registrar. You may also fax proof of residence to 803-476-3920.

The Username is your child’s Student ID #; the Password is their birthdate, in this format, using the forward-slash: MM/DD/YYYY.


Registration is ongoing for children new to the district. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2020. Enter your child’s information at The registrar will contact you to complete the process.

Due to COVID 19 registrations are being completed online and by phone.

Withdrawals or Transfers

If you are preparing to transfer your child to another District Five school, please notify the registrar because the student has to be transferred in PowerSchool and records sent as soon as possible. We don’t want you to miss anything happening in your new school!

If you are preparing to enroll your child in a school outside of our district, please notify the registrar so she can contact you and have records ready to send when requested by the new school.


We are still requesting the return of all library books from last year. Please send books on the first day of school with students. Once we receive the books, your child's RYCOR account will be updated. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.

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