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News from the Lancaster County School District, July 2022

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Lancaster County Community,

We are about halfway into summer break which means you are likely beginning to see signs of the new school year in your local stores. This may make some of you happy, others not so much! I can tell you we love it because that means the buildings we are working so hard to get ready for the 2022-2023 school year will soon have little feet walking up and down the hallways to classrooms where they will learn new things!


On the facility side of things, we are continuing to update HVAC systems in buildings, renovating portable classrooms in some schools, repaving areas in need and much more. On the personnel side of things, we are hiring new teachers, administrators, cafeteria staff, bus drivers, substitutes and more. Many of our teachers are continuing their education and participating in voluntary training to be the best they can be.... all for the children of Lancaster County.


We see summer break as an opportunity to catch up where we need it most. We can't wait to see you in August. Enjoy the rest of your time off!


Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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New Clear Bag Policy

Safety is a top priority at the Lancaster County School District! We will institute a new Clear Bag Policy in the 2022-2023 school year. All spectators entering a district home sporting event and other designated school events will be permitted to carry one large clear bag. What kind of bag is appropriate? Click the link below for all the details.


2022-2023 LCSD Clear Bag Policy

School Supply Drive

Our district School Supply Drive is in full swing! We are hoping to receive enough school supplies to equip every child with the tools they need to learn right here in Lancaster County.


We have nearly 15,000 students in our district. Of those students, 47% qualify for free and reduced lunch. That’s nearly half of our student population. We have a need right here in Lancaster County and we hope you can help us fulfill that need!


The residents in your neighborhood can help in one of three ways:


  • Order supplies online at bit.ly/2022LCSDSupplyDrive (or scan the QR code on the attached flyer). Items will be shipped directly to the district office.

  • Make a donation. Checks can be made out to LCSD (memo: School Supply Drive) and mailed to the district office, attn: School Supply Drive, 300 S. Catawba Street, Lancaster, SC 29720.

  • Stuff the Bus with supplies at the following locations on Monday, July 25 and Tuesday, July 26 from 8am - 4pm: Lancaster Walmart (805 Hwy 9 ByP W); Indian Land Intermediate School (8361 Charlotte Hwy)


Have a question about our School Supply Drive? Call 803-416-8808 or email nicki.letterman@lcsd.k12.sc.us.

School Supply Lists

For those of you who are ready for the new year to start and you want to grab your school supplies early- here's a list for every school in our district:


Elementary schools
Brooklyn SpringsClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

BufordClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

ClintonClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Discovery SchoolClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

ErwinClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

HarrisburgClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Heath SpringsClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Indian LandClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping
Indian Land IntermediateClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

KershawClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

McDonald GreenClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

NorthClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

SouthsideClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Van WyckClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping


Middle schools
A.R. RuckerClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Andrew JacksonClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

BufordClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Indian LandClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

SouthClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

High schools
Common supply list for high schoolsClick here for PDF

Andrew JacksonClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

BufordClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

Indian LandClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

LancasterClick here for PDFClick here for Digital Shopping

SC Tax Free Weekend

#SCTAXFREE weekend is coming up on August 5-7! During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from the state's 6% Sales tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax-free items range from clothing, accessories, and shoes to school supplies, backpacks, and computers. As long as an item is eligible, it is tax-free whether purchases in-store or online. Click the link below for more details.


SC Department of Revenue #SCTAXFREE

2022-2023 School Meals

The USDA has not continued the waivers to feed all students breakfast and lunch at no cost during the 2022-2023 School Year. Click the link below to apply for free or reduced meals for the upcoming school year. See below for new breakfast and lunch prices for the 2022-2023 school year.


Breakfast:

Elementary - $1.50

Secondary - $1.50


Lunch:

Elementary - $2.20

Secondary - $2.75


To apply for free or reduced meals, click here.

Trustees Awards

Congratulations to the June recipients of a Lancaster County Board of Trustees Award:

2023-2024 School Calendar

The Board of Trustees have approved the 2023-2024 School Calendar. Click this link to visit the calendar section of our website: LCSD Calendars

Covid Testing Site Summer Hours

The COVID testing site at the LHS Multipurpose Building will remain open through July for LCSD students and staff. No appointment is necessary. ​The site will begin summer hours on Monday, June 6. See summer schedule below:


​June 6th - July 28​th

Monday - Thursday

10:30am - 5:30pm


** Test site will be closed Monday, July 4th and Tuesday, July 5th (July 4th holiday)

Fundraiser Follow Up

We have an update to a student fundraiser we first shared with you as a #lcsdspotlight. Fifth graders at Discovery School were able to raise nearly $1,000 for charity: water (https://www.charitywater.org/).


Mandy Whitten and her students at Discovery School set out on a mission to learn and spread awareness about the water crisis around the world. They held multiple events to raise money including staffing a treat cart for five mornings and a breakfast drive-thru three mornings. Ms. Whitten says the best part of the last month of school was that the 5th grade students showed up before school, excited to take charge and share an opportunity with their community in a time when things are winding down, everyone is reviewing and assessing. Instead, their excitements was infectious and charity: water became a buzzword throughout the school.


During this process, the students learned about water systems, water supply, disease, empathy, advertisement, product placement, pricing, customer service and growth analysis.

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness offers a FREE summer pass for all teens ages 14-19 from May 16 - August 31. This is a great way for teens to stay active over the summer and improve their physical and mental health. It's completely FREE and they can sign up by clicking the link below or at a Planet Fitness location with a parent/guardian.


All teens who sign up for the free pass will also be entered into a drawing for a $500 scholarship (one per state) and a grand prize $5,000 scholarship.


Planet Fitness Summer Pass Sign Up


Local Planet Fitness locations:

Rock Hill:

1806 Cherry Road, Suite 115

803-328-6100



Fort Mill:

825 Crossroads Plaza

803-548-4545



Charlotte (Ballantyne):

8620 Camfield Street

704-741-1144


Pineville:

8700 Pineville-Matthews Road

980-498-3344

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Job Openings

Have you ever thought about working for Lancaster County School District? We are always in need of great teachers! But not all of our school openings require an education degree. We have openings for substitute teachers, bus drivers, 29 hour assistants and cafeteria staffers! Check out all our job openings by clicking the link below:


LCSD Job Openings

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