The Connector

News from the Lancaster County School District, August 2022

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Lancaster County Community,

In a little over a week we will be opening school doors and welcoming more than 15,000 students into our buildings. We have been working all summer to update and clean current buildings, hire and train new staff, plan routes for bus drivers, register new students and more.


We hope you know the safety of your children is our number one priority. We are consistently evaluating safety procedures and making adjustments as necessary. We are ready for all the normal that the 2022-2023 will bring: open houses, in person pep rallies, ball games, recess, school dances and more.


Enjoy your last week of summer. We are beyond excited about the 2022-2023 school year!


Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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Back to School

You can find all things related to back-to-school under the Back to School tab on the district website. Click the link below for district-wide open house times, student registration, remind/emergency text signup, bell schedules and more. Check it out:


Back to School 2022-2023

SC Tax Free Weekend

#SCTAXFREE weekend begins TODAY! During the annual Sales Tax Holiday, a variety of purchases are exempt from the state's 6% Sales tax and any applicable local taxes from August 5-7. 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

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

School Supply Drive Update

The Lancaster County community is AMAZING! We have had several organizations contact the district wanting to donate school supplies to the students of Lancaster County.


Classroom Central, in partnership with the Carolina Panthers and the Tepper Foundation, are generously donating nearly 5,000 backpacks of essential supplies to every student in nine of our schools. Recipient schools were chosen for the Backpacks & Basics Program based on their percentage of free/reduced lunch among other criteria. These supplies will be delivered to schools next week!


Our district-wide school supply drive has brought in dozens of boxes of supplies and monetary donations to buy supplies for our students. Other organizations are also collecting supplies for our district including Sun City, Treetops and Continental Tire. These items will be distributed amongst the remaining schools not included in the Classroom Central distribution.

United Way Teacher Drive

United Way of Lancaster County is also holding a school supply drive of their own! United Way is collecting vital 'wish list' items for teachers across the district:




  • clorox wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • lysol spray
  • boxed tissues
  • band-aids
  • ziplock bags



You can donate one of three ways:


  1. Purchase items on Amazon and have them shipped directly to the United Way but scanning the QR code on the flyer below.
  2. Drop off donations between 9am and 4pm at the United Way: 109 S. Wylie Street in Lancaster
  3. Drop off donations with their volunteers at the Lancaster Wal-mart this weekend for tax-free weekend and at Chick-fil-a in Lancaster on Wednesday (August 10).


Thank you United Way of Lancaster County for supporting LCSD. We appreciate YOU!

Bus Transportation

Please remember during the first couple of weeks schools are very slow loading students in an effort to ensure children are not placed on wrong buses. Expect slow arrival times home in the beginning. There is no way around this, we wish there was a way.


We have new drivers who are learning routes and veteran drivers who are learning new routes and students as well. Everything won’t be perfect so please be patient with us.


Call us if you need us, and please be patient. But most importantly, be kind to each other as we never know the adversity someone else may be dealing with.​


Below is the link to confirm if your child has been registered to ride a bus on the first day of school:

Please note: If your child was not registered to ride a bus prior to the July 15th deadline, they will not be assigned to a bus until after Labor Day.


2022-23 Confirmed bus riders for the first day of school


Below is the link for bus routes by school:

Please note: These times are estimated, and routes are subject to change based on service needs of our students. This is a general route description of streets covered (every minor road may not be listed). ​


2022-23 Bus Routes


Safety and Transportation Office
Lancaster County School District
transportation@lcsd.k12.sc.us
803-285-6009

New Clear Bag Policy

Safety is a top priority at the Lancaster County School District! Our new Clear Bag Policy goes into effect this 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 (English)

2022-2023 LCSD Clear Bag Policy (Spanish)

School Watch 2022-2023

LCSD is searching for volunteers for our new School Watch Program. Approved candidates would be assigned to specific elementary schools to assist school personnel in monitoring hallways, playgrounds, parking lots, access doors, etc. A thorough background check and training is required.


If you would like to volunteer with this program, please contact Safety and Communications Director Bryan Vaughn via email @ Bryan.Vaughn@lcsd.k12.sc.us.

LCSD Substitutes

Want to be able to pick and choose which days you work? Want to be on the same schedule as your children? We need YOU! LCSD is hiring substitute teachers and nurses to work in our amazing schools. If you want to make some extra money and still make that 5pm soccer practice, fill out an application and join our team!


$75/day (HS Diploma or equivalent)

$85/day (with a bachelor's degree, not certified)

$100/day (with a SC teaching certificate)

$100/day (long term sub, 6+ consecutive days, bachelor's degree, not certified)

** Certified long term sub pay is reflective of the certified pay scale

$150/day (licensed nurses)


$75/day secretary/clerical positions/classroom assistant with teacher


Once approved to be a LCSD substitute, you can pick which schools you would like to work in and start receiving offers to fill in! Click on the link below to create an account and apply today!


LCSD Substitute Application

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.

Esser Fund Survey

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act was signed into law. The US Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). This legislation will award these grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for the purpose of providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.


Lancaster County School District (LCSD) seeks public input on how the district should use federal funding received from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) to address students’ academic, social, and emotional needs resulting from the impact of COVID-19. LCSD must consider the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underrepresented student subgroups, including each major racial and ethnic group, children from low-income families, children with disabilities, English learners, gender, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care.

Please take a moment to submit your input as to how the district should spend the ARP - ESSER III allocation. LCSD received over $25.8 million to address learning loss and academic needs related to the Covid19 pandemic. Funds cannot be used for bonuses. Click on the link below to complete the survey.


Esser Fund Survey

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The 2022-2023 LCSD school calendar


August 8: First day for teachers

August 15: First day for students

September 5: Labor Day holiday

September 13: R1 high school reporting period ends

September 22: R1 high school report cards issued

October 13: R1 elementary/middle and R2 high school reporting ends

October 14: Student/Staff holiday

October 17: Student holiday; Staff PD

October 25: R1 elementary/middle School and R2 high school report cards issued

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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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