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Welcome Back

Welcome to IDES

On behalf of the teachers and staff of Independence, I would like to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. We look forward to seeing you all in August and beginning our journey of continuing to build leadership in our students. Remember, our students enter to learn and depart to LEAD!

If you have questions, feel free to contact us at the school at 981-1135.

Yours in service,

Kimberly C. Odom, Ed.S.


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Open House Details- August 10- 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm

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Leader in Me

Check out Leadership at Independence Elementary School

The video below provides you with a glimpse of what your child will experience this year as they develop their leadership skills and work towards their WIGS (Wildly Important Goals)!
Independence Elementary - Leader In Me Notebooks
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Important Dates

Now- July



1-Kinder Camp

2- Kindergarten Screening 3 pm to 6 pm/ Kinder Camp

3- Kinder Camp

4- Kindergarten Screening 3 pm to 6 pm/ Kinder Camp

6- Heart 2 Heart Foundation will host the annual Back 2 School Block Party 10:00 am-2:00 pm at the Rock Hill Galleria Mall.

15- First Day of School

24- Boy Scout Recruitment Night 6pm-7:45pm


4- Labor Day


14-Early Release Day (Dismissal at 11:00 am)

17- Teacher PD Day (Students will not report to school)

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If your child is a returning student to IDES or RHSD 3, you are required to submit proof of residency online. If you have not already done so, please submit the necessary documents as soon as possible. If you plan to enroll your child once the school year begins, you will be able to do so with our registrar after 8 am daily. Due to limited space in our lobby, we ask that you call the office at 803-981-1135 upon your arrival. Someone will meet you in the front of the school to assist you.
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Morning Procedures

In order to maximize the instructional day, it is important that students arrive on time daily. Here are a few reminders for parents:

  • Car riders and bus riders will enter the building starting at 7:00 am.
  • Unfortunately, parents will not be allowed to enter the building to walk their student to class. Staff members will be available to assist students if a need arises.
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Late Arrival

If you arrive to school after 7:45 am but before 8 am, please check in with the administrator or School Safety Officer at the entrance. They will ensure that your child enters the building safely. You can also call the front office for assistance at 981-1135. Please note that excessive late arrivals may lead to an Attendance Plan.
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Dismissal Procedures

Dismissal will begin at 2:10 pm. A car tag provided by the office is required for our staff to release students in the car line. You can receive a car tag from our front office. If you do not have a car tag, you will be required to go to the main office with a valid ID to receive one. If you are not listed as a person to pick up a student, the student will not be released to you. We appreciate your support in helping us keep our students safe.
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Early Dismissal

In instances when your child needs to leave campus early, please call the school prior to entering the building at 803-981-1135. Someone will give you directions and will call the classroom to have your child dismissed. All early dismissals should take place prior to 1:50 pm. You will need a valid driver's license to sign out your student.
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Bus Transportation

You will register your child for bus transportation using the same registration for for enrollment on the district's website.

If you have questions regarding bus transportation, please use the email address below:


The Ride 360 App will allow parents and students to see exactly where the bus is on morning and afternoon routes. This helps to reduce wait times at bus stops and ensures parents know where children are in the afternoon when conditions beyond our control cause transportation delays

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Opportunities to get involved

Our PTA is looking for parents who would like to get involved in supporting our school. If you are interested, please call the school at 803-981-1135. We look forward to hearing from you.

Social Media at IDES

Please consider subscribing to our YouTube Channel, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. You will find important updates, performances and recordings of events that have taken place at IDES.
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Grade Level Supply Lists

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School District Calendar

Spirit Wear

Order your favorite Patriot Gear for the upcoming school year! See the attachment below.
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Independence Elementary School

A Leader in Me School

Enter to learn. Depart to LEAD.