School Notes 7-17-19

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A weekly listing of area education news and events

District asks parents to update bus forms
Lancaster County School District has opened its parent portal to get bus transportation information updated as soon as possible.
When parents log in to their parent portal account, the “Transportation Update Form” link will be in the menu on the left.
It is very important that parents fill this information out before July 22, as the district is using this system to schedule bus routes for the 2019-20 school year.
Parents will be prompted to enter their child’s birthdate to get started and then proceed with simply answering whether the child is a car rider, bus rider, day care pick-up/drop-off or walker.
Parents will need to fill out a separate form for each child. Select each child through the parent portal to complete transportation information.
If parents cannot register online, forms will be available at the LCSD Safety and Transportation Office at The Barr Street Learning Center, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster.
If parents cannot pick up a form at the Safety and Transportation Office, forms can be emailed or faxed by calling (803) 285-6009 or by emailing transportation@lcsdmail.net.
Alive at 25 classes July 24 and Aug. 15
Alive At 25 classes will be offered 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 24 and Aug. 15 at Barr Street Learning Center, 610 E. Meeting St., Lancaster.
“Student drivers are required to take Alive At 25 as part of our district’s effort to help our students realize how deadly things like texting while driving and speeding can be,” said LCSD Safety Director Bryan Vaughn. “We want to do everything we can to help our young drivers stop behaviors that increase their chances of accidents.”
Every Lancaster County School District student who wants to park on campus must complete Alive At 25 and supply proof that they have completed the course before they can buy a parking pass at any high school in the county.
If students do not complete Alive At 25, they will not be allowed to park on school grounds, and the district will have cars towed that are parked illegally.
The 4.5-hour course, taught by a certified police officer, costs $40.
All payments for the class should be sent to the S.C. National Safety Council, 121 Ministry Drive, Irmo, SC 29063.
Any student with a financial hardship is eligible for a scholarship for the course. Call (803) 732-6778 to request a scholarship application. No student will ever be denied access because of lack of financial resources.
To register, visit https://scnsc.org/training/alive-at-25 or call (803) 732-6778.
College Bound Back-to-School Giveaway
A College Bound Back-to-School Giveaway will be at 11 a.m. July 27 at Lancaster Bowling Center, 1352 Reece Road, Lancaster.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.
Students with a college identification card will receive a free basket full of items to make the transition to college life a little easier.
Monetary donations, gift cards and items should be made by July 24. Donations may be dropped off at the bowling center, the S&M Foundation at 1499-A Lynwood Drive, Lancaster, or Faith, Hope and Victory Church, 202 S. Gregory St., Lancaster.
For details, call (803) 246-9327 or email kioharrola@comporium.net.
Apply now for service academy nominations
U.S. Sen. Tim Scott’s office is taking applications for 2019 military academy nominations. The office will accept applications through 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Those interested in attending one of the four service academies – the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – should submit applications and other necessary documents.
“I am thankful for those that desire to serve our country,” Scott said. “I am especially humbled by our high school students who make the decision to pursue a military career at such a young age. For those that decide they want to apply to one of our service academies, you are choosing to take on one of the most challenging and rigorous collegiate curriculum our country has to offer. I commend your decision and please know that my staff and I look forward to assisting you in any way we can.”

During the last academic year, Scott nominated 37 S.C. students to be considered for an appointment to one of the four service academies for the class of 2023.
Students interested in being considered for a nomination by Scott must submit an application (including two essays), resume, official SAT/ACT scores, official high school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. You can find the application at www.scott.senate.gov/constituent-services/service-academy-nominations.
For more information, visit the FAQ page on the website above or call (803) 771-6112.
LCSD kindergarten registration open
Lancaster County School District has opened registration for next year’s 4-year-olds, kindergartners and new first-graders.
Students should be registered online at www.lancastercsd.com, then required documents should be brought to the school. Online registration takes less than 15 minutes as parents enter identification and contact information.
If families do not have computer or internet access, there will be Chromebooks onsite at each school.
After online registration, bring the following documents to the elementary school your child will attend: legal birth certificate (long form, showing both parents’ names), immunization record (S.C. form requested), parent driver’s license (with current address), and two mandatory forms of residency – one must be a mortgage or settlement statement, rental, lease or purchase agreement or property tax receipt (house or car) and the other a utility bill with matching service address.
The first day of school is Aug. 19.
LCSD offers special education services
Lancaster County School District is offering special education services for children, youth and adults with disabilities, ages 3-21. For details, call (803) 285-8439 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday or email Kathy.Durbin@lcsdmail.net.

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