The Connector

News from the Lancaster County School District, Dec. 2022

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Lancaster County Community,

It's a busy time of year at the district and at home!

Safety and Transportation launched a winter drive this week. If you find yourself compelled to donate a new pair of gloves, socks or a hat you can hand them to your bus driver or drop them off at the district office. All donations will benefit students in need right here in Lancaster County.

The District is offering parent workshops for preschool parents, 4K registration for the 2022-2023 school year is underway, winners of the district holiday cards have been announced and much more. You can find information about all of these things and more in this month's community newsletter.

Wednesday, December 21 is an early dismissal day for students. Winter break officially begins Thursday, December 22. Students will return to begin second semester on Wednesday, January 4, 2023.

We hope your family enjoys this time home together!

Dr. Jonathan Phipps

LCSD Superintendent

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And the winners are...

Thank you to all who participated in the 2022 District Holiday Card contest. We received dozens of beautiful artwork from students across the district. We are proud to share the following artists' work was chosen to represent the district this year:

Morgan Blackmon, 2nd grade, Buford Elementary

Manvi Tyagi, 7th grade, Indian Land Middle

Ciara Gray, 12th grade, Indian Land High

The student winners will receive printed copies of the 2022 LCSD holiday card displaying their art as a special gift!

Check out their masterpieces below!

Covid/Flu Test Site

Many health experts anticipate that this fall and winter could be a severe flu season. In addition, as the weather cools and new variants emerge, there is the possibility of increased exposure to COVID-19. To help keep our schools and community safe, we are offering students and staff free access to flu and COVID-19 testing.

How to get tested:

  • Register on the portal at to obtain your unique QR code.
  • Once your QR code is received, please bring your QR code to your testing location.
  • Test results will be sent directly to the phone number and email address associated with your registration.
  • Those without devices or internet access can register onsite.

Please click this link for more detailed instructions on how to register for testing: LCSD Covid/Flu Test Site Information

Testing site location:

Lancaster High Multipurpose Building

825 Roddey Drive

Lancaster, SC

Testing site hours (beginning Monday, December 5):

Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays


LCSD Parent Workshops

Parents of young children (ages 2-6) are invited to a FREE Parent Workshop aimed to help prepare your child for success in school! Pick the area the best serves you and click on the hyperlink for meeting details such as location and times:

Monday, December 12

Kershaw Elementary School (8am)

Buford Elementary School (11am)

Brooklyn Springs, McDonald Green Elementaries (5:30pm or 6:15pm) (Spanish Version)

Tuesday, December 13

Erwin, Clinton, North Elementaries (8am or 9am)

Harrisburg, Indian Land, Van Wyck Elementaries (11:00am or 11:45am)

Southside Early Childhood Center (2pm)

Heath Springs Elementary (5:30pm or 6:15pm)

For more information, contact LCSD Elementary Instruction at 803-416-8833.

Warming the Soul

Warm the soul of a child in need in Lancaster County by donating new hats, socks and gloves between December 1 - 21. Donation collection boxes will be placed on every LCSD school bus and in the lobby of the District Office.

Help us spread the word! Click HERE to view a shareable flyer.

For more information: Contact LCSD Safety & Transportation @ 803-416-8917.

4K Registration

Registration is now open for the District's 4K program.

The following LCSD schools have 4K programs:

  • Buford Elementary
  • Brooklyn Springs Elementary
  • Clinton Elementary
  • Erwin Elementary
  • Heath Springs Elementary
  • Kershaw Elementary
  • McDonald Green Elementary
  • North Elementary
  • Southside Early Childhood Center

To REGISTER, bring a copy of the following to your local school:

  1. Photo I.D.
  2. Birth certificate (child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2023)
  3. Immunization Record
  4. 2 proofs of residency
  5. Proof of Income Eligibility (choose ONE of the following: Medicaid card, pay stub, W-2 form, tax return, OR verified Free and Reduced lunch form)

** All 5 of the above items must be provided to the school in order for your child to be screened for 4K.

For a shareable flyer click here: English / Spanish

For more information, contact Traci Shigley via email at or 803-416-8833.

P-EBT Update

There will be a delay on the issuance of K-12 Summer P-EBT benefits for students who submitted free or reduced-price meal applications during the summer months (June 1, 2022 - August 16, 2022).

P-EBT cards for newly eligible students will be mailed out after December 15, 2022. Please allow a minimum of 15 business days, after the card's mailing, for card arrival.

If your student has already received the one-time 2021-2022 Summer K-12 P-EBT payment, no additional funds will be issued.

If you have questions, please contact DSS at 1-800-554-5268 or email

School Menus

Did you know you can sign up to receive school menus in your email inbox when they're posted on the Food Services website? You sure can!

Click this link to subscribe and you will receive a monthly newsletter and the school menu of your choice: Menu Emails

American Legion Teacher of the Year

The American Legion Department of South Carolina is accepting nominations for its annual Teacher of the Year. Candidates must be a classroom teacher in a South Carolina state-approved or accredited school. Nominations can be entered by clicking the link below. The deadline to enter is February 15, 2023.

American Legion Department of South Carolina TOTY Nominee Form

LCSD Hall of Fame

We are now accepting nominations for the Education Hall of Fame!

The criteria for selection:

  • Nominees may be a former teacher, administrator, Board member or community member (civic leader, politician or friend of education).
  • A deceased person can be nominated/selected.
  • No more than two inductees are allowed each year.
  • Inductees from the teacher, administrator or Board member categories must have completed their educational careers in Lancaster County and cannot be inducted into the Hall of Fame until the year after their service ended.
  • Nominees not selected will be left in the nominee pool for two years.
  • Nominations are accepted from students, educators and the community at- large.

Timeline for Selection:

  • Deadline for nominations is Friday, February 3.
  • Selection committee meets before April 14 to select inductees

To submit a Hall of Fame nomination, you can choose from one of two options:

  1. Online Hall of Fame Nomination Form
  2. Print and fill out this nomination form (hard copies may be picked up at the District office) and mail it to:

Hall of Fame

Lancaster County School District

300 South Catawba Street

Lancaster, SC 29720

We See You!

We see you in your cosmetology classroom at the Lancaster County Career Center Shemeika King!

You are doing an amazing job teaching these students the ins and outs of the cosmetology field. Your patience and attention to detail is phenomenal and it reflects in your students. What an awesome program for the students in Lancaster County. Click on the video below to see it for yourself!

The Phoenix Salon is currently open to the public for services on Thursday and Friday during the following hours:

Senior Class (all services)

8:45am - 11:00am (Arrive no later than 9:30am for chemical services)

Junior Class (hairstyling, braiding, treatments, haircutting, manicures, pedicures)

12:45pm - 245pm

Visit the course website here for a detail list of salon services and prices!



Great things are happening in Lancaster County School District and we need to know so we can share the good news! We would love to spotlight something happening in your school, neighborhood, on the athletic field, etc. Please submit information with pictures so we can share it with our community through our district social media sites!

Click this link to submit an #lcsdspotlight of your own: #lcsdspotlight link

See the most recent #lcsdspotlight(s) below:

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The 2022-2023 LCSD school calendar

December 20: Exams; No extracurricular activities

December 21: Exams; R2 elementary/middle school reporting period ends; R4 high school reporting period ends; 1st semester ends; Early dismissal; No extracurricular activities

December 22 - January 2: Winter Break; Schools & offices are closed

January 3: 1/2 teacher workday (offices open)

January 4: Second semester begins

January 11: Elementary/middle/high school report cards issued

January 16: MLK holiday; Schools & offices are closed

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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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