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October 15, 2021

Important Dates

October 20th Wear Orange or a Positive Quote shirt for Unity Day

October 22nd Fall Picture Retakes

October 25th-29th Red Ribbon Week

November 2nd- Virtual PTA Meeting (Link to follow)

November 3rd-15th Salvation Army Silver Cans Food Drive

November 5th- SJE Spirit Day

November 22nd-26th Thanksgiving Break

December 3rd- SJE Spirit Day

December 7th- Virtual PTA meeting (link to follow)

December 20th-January 3rd Winter Break

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SCDE Update On School Bus Face Covering Requirements

Today, the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) announced that it will again enforce the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Order requiring the use of face coverings by students and staff on state-owned and operated school buses. All South Carolina public school districts must be in compliance with this requirement no later than Monday, August 30, 2021.

To facilitate adherence to the CDC Order, the SCDE will equip all state-owned school buses with an adequate supply of face coverings that meet CDC Order requirements. If a student boards a bus without a face covering, bus drivers should offer the student a face covering. However, no student should be denied transportation for failing to adhere to the CDC Order.

For more information, see the following link on the SCDE website: Questions regarding HCS implementation of this SCDE requirement should be directed to or (843) 488-6955.

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Please take a moment and review our car rider procedures. It is so important that our children are ready to exit the car quickly and safely when and where it stops. When this does not happen, the flow of traffic is disrupted and the cars behind you are not prepared to stop. This can cause an accident. If you must get out of your car for any reason or your child is not prepared to exit the car at the stop, you must pull forward to the sidewalk area in front of the playground. Also remember that it is most safe for the children to exit the car on the right side. Children walking in front of or behind cars is a huge safety concern. We are working as hard as possible to get all of the children out of the cars and into the building before the 7:40am tardy bell rings. Our teachers on duty need to be in the building so they can prepare to provide instruction to our children. We will begin marking your child tardy after the bell rings. Please be considerate and safe to the cars behind you and follow all car rider procedures. We begin welcoming car riders at 6:45am and the tardy bell rings at 7:40am.

Morning Procedures

We will continue to monitor the morning drop off situation for the safety of our children. We know that all of you echo our passion for ensuring our children’s safe and timely arrival to school. Please remember that our new morning car rider procedures require that all children will be dropped off in the car line. Please enter the car line beside the middle school and follow the SJE lane to our drop off location. When you pull all the way to the first available spot and stop, your child should be ready to exit the car (make sure book bags are ready, jackets are on, and you have said your good-bye's before you stop your car). Being ready and exiting the car in a quick manner can be helpful to those behind you in line. Teachers and staff on duty will not be opening the car doors. If you need to help your child exit the car and this requires you to exit your car as well, please pull all the way forward past the first drop off stop and pull to the side area to assist your child. Pulling all the way forward and to the side allows the parents behind you to continue the line moving. We want to be considerate to all students and parents with regards to arriving to school in a timely manner.
Again, the line will begin receiving students at 6:45am. Although the tardy bell rings at 7:40am, we encourage you to drop off your child as soon as possible. All children are provided breakfast in the morning. We want the children to have the opportunity to get settled in the classroom and begin instruction by 7:40am. Students who are not in the building at 7:40am will be marked tardy. All students should be dropped off using the car line procedures described below:
AM Car Rider Procedures
• Staff report to duty at 6:45 a.m. You can begin dropping children off at this time (6:45 am). Teachers will line the sidewalks while others are strategically located throughout the building to keep our children safe.
• Please pull all the way forward to the first adult on duty. We encourage you to pull as far forward as possible in order to get as much traffic off the road as possible.
• The teacher on duty will monitor the children as they exit the car and walk down the sidewalk into the school. **Not everyone will get the drop off spot closest to the door, but all children will be safely monitored into the building. By each child exiting the car during each round, the flow of traffic is uninterrupted and can move at a faster pace.
• Once your child has exited the car, continue with the flow of traffic. Please do not get out of your car. **Please pull off to the side only if your child cannot exit the car without your assistance. Because of COVID, we will not be opening car doors.
• Please have your child exit the car from the right side. Children walking in front of, behind, and in between cars is a serious safety concern.
• All car riders must utilize the drop off loop. Parents are not permitted to exit the car or to walk students to the door.

**Remember, all visitors MUST report to the front of the office to enter the building. No one will be permitted into the building from any side entrances. Thank you for helping us keep your children safe. We look forward to a continued happy, safe, and successful school year!!

**Please practice buckling and unbuckling the seatbelt. During afternoon dismissal if you need to buckle your child, please pull over to the wide paved section in front of the playground to buckle.

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Afternoon Procedures

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Due to transition of students at the end of the day we ask that parents do not sign students out after 2:10 PM.

Please make sure that you have your 2021-2021 Car Tags and hung and visible during pick-up. If you don't have your Car Tag you will be sent to the Front Office to sign out your child/children after the car rider line is complete.

**Please practice buckling and unbuckling the seatbelt. During afternoon dismissal if you need to buckle your child, please pull over to the wide paved section in front of the playground to buckle.

News from Your School Counselors

Report Bullying:

Bullying is an unwanted, intentional, aggressive behavior that may be physical, verbal, or nonverbal. There is an imbalance of power between the parties and the behavior is repeated over time. We have included a link for parents and students to use if they need to make a bullying report. The report will go to Mrs. Lester. There is also a bullying report form on HCS website. Please don't hesitate to contact the school counselors or an administrator with your concerns.

Backpack Buddies Program:

We are happy to inform you that St. James Elementary will participate in the Backpack Buddies program this year for families that are in need and can benefit from the support of the program. Backpack Buddies supplies nutritious, child-friendly, self-serve, nonperishable food designed to be put in a backpack and eaten by the child over the weekend. The food is offered to your child at no cost. The identities of the students who participate will be kept confidential. The food will be delivered to the school each week and the food will be placed in your child’s backpack. Please email Mrs. Lester at with your child’s name and teacher if you are interested in participating in the program.

Counseling Services

• Short term individual counseling

• Small group counseling

• Classroom guidance lessons

• Crisis intervention

• Consultation with parents and teachers

• Coordination with outside agencies and therapists

• Referrals for community services

News from your School Nurse......


1. Parents are responsible for self-screening your children for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to coming to school. Students should stay home if they have tested positive or are showing symptoms of COVID-19 (see attached DHEC guidance sheet for symptoms) or if they have had close contact with a person with COVID-19. HCS will follow DHEC & CDC guidance for exclusion of students for COVID-19 or any other illness. The most recent data, guidance, resources, & FAQs for parents can be found on the DHEC website below:

2. Please call or email the school nurse prior to a parent bringing in any prescription or over the counter medications to ensure compliance with the HCS medication policy. HCS medication forms are required for the school nurse to administer any medications. The medication policy & forms can be obtained from the school nurse or the HCS Student Health Services website below:

3. Children may have cough drops at school with a parent note. *Please note a new or worsening cough is a symptom of COVID-19 & requires school exclusion.

4. Please send a complete change of clothes to school or keep in your child's book bag if you have a child in kindergarten or child development in case of an accident. Please make sure the change of clothes is appropriate for the season.

5. Please send, fax, or email a copy of your child's current immunization record to the school nurse if your child is new to this school or district. If your child attended the CD program last year, then we may need an updated immunization record for kindergarten. The school nurse will be reviewing records & contacting parents for non-compliant immunization records.

5. The school nurse will call the parent if your child presents with the following condition(s):

Symptoms of COVID-19, fever greater than 100 degrees, more than 1 episode of vomiting, more than 2 episodes of diarrhea, any head injury, injury with any pain/swelling/deformity, live lice, or other serious conditions that warrant immediate parent notification.

6. The school nurse may send a note home to the parent to notify you of a visit that does not require immediate notification.

7. The school nurse will NOT notify the parent of every child's visit to the health office, such as minor injuries or illnesses that are resolved.

I look forward to meeting your child's healthcare needs this school year!

News from your Data Quality Clerk about Attendance....

Excused Absences An absence is considered excused if a valid medical doctor's written note (with the date & time the student was seen) is provided within 3 school days after the absence. Online Medical visits with medical notes and/or screenshots that contain the student's name, date of birth, and results of the online visit (prescription, number of days out before the student's return to school, etc.) An absence for bereavement, due to a death in the student's immediate family, may be excused if an obituary or program of service verifying the death is provided to the attendance clerk within 3 school days after the student returns to school. An absence for a nationally recognized religious holiday of the student's faith may be excused if a request is made in writing to the principal and written approval is received prior to the absence. A parent may request approval of an absence for hardship, in writing, utilizing the Request for Approval form. This form may be obtained from the school's attendance office. The form must be completed and submitted prior to the absence (if the parent has prior knowledge), or within 3 days following the absence.

· If my child is absent from school, I will notify the attendance office by email and by providing a medical documentation upon his/her return.

· Continued unlawful absences, tardies, or early sign-outs after the Attendance Intervention Plan (AIP) is in place will result in referral to the district attendance office for review and possible referral to family court for truancy.


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Our attraction book fundraiser has ended and we are finalizing all returns. We do not have a returned book, or a purchased book from your child.

Please return the Attractions Book or please pay to keep the book. You can pay online here:

You may also send a check or Cash to school with your child’s name/teacher so you can credited.

Thank you! Please email us if you have questions! PTA4SJE@GMAIL.COM

Please follow our Facebook page at SJE PTA for updates!

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SJE Mission Statement

The mission of St. James Elementary School, a richly diverse community of learners committed to a tradition of academic and personal excellence, is to ensure that our children are fully prepared to be productive participants in a constantly changing world through personalized, progressive learning which develops self-motivation, high expectations, life

skills, and the lifelong pursuit of learning.

Felisa McDavid,



Horry County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, immigrant status. English-speaking status or any other characteristic protected by applicable Federal or S.C. law inits programs or activities,

You may call 843-488-6700 or contact Horry County Schools, 335 Four Mile Road, Conway, SC 29528.