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Education

  • Students get nutritious boost from school meals

    Healthy, balanced meals make so much difference in how well students do in school and how healthy they are when they become adults.
    Study after study has shown how much difference a good breakfast can make on a student’s ability to focus and do well in class.
    The staff in our school cafeterias work hard to give our students those kinds of meals – meals that taste great and provide the nutrition and energy our students need to grow strong and succeed in school every day.
    Here are things you should know about our meal program.

  • Healthy habits promote academic success

    Our children will be more successful in school – and healthier – if we, as parents, make sure they do some very simple things.
    In fact, taking the simple steps below to make sure our children are healthy – both mentally and physically – is probably the most important factor in how they do in school.
    Here’s what you can do.

    Rest and sleep
    Make sure your child gets enough sleep each night.

  • Kershaw stylist offers kids free school haircuts

    A Kershaw hair stylist is offering a free haircut next week for any schoolkid who can’t afford one.
    Danielle Beard, a mother of two, works at Hairworks on Hampton Street in Kershaw. She’s offering the free service to students from 5K to 12th grade from Aug. 8-12.
    “Kids are so much fun,” she said Tuesday. “I really just want to help those in need.”
    Beard has been cutting and styling hair for four years and says she doesn’t want anyone going to school without a haircut simply because they are unable to pay for one.

  • Ease the transition from summer to school

    The lazy days of summer are coming to a close in Lancaster County.
     August signals back-to-school time, when bedtimes are pushed up, alarm clocks are reset, pencils are sharpened and schools open to welcome back staff and students. For Lancaster County students, the first day is Thursday, Aug. 17.
    Sixth- and ninth-graders head back Wednesday, Aug.16, for a half-day orientation.

  • New traffic patterns only at LHS

    Lancaster High School is the only campus in the county that will have different traffic patterns at the opening of the school year due to construction projects.
    Bryan Vaughn, Lancaster County School District safety and transportation director, said there is a new bus loading and unloading area at LHS.
    “We’re inverting where the bus loop is and the front loop where the drop-off is,” Vaughn said. “Car traffic, at this point, will remain the same at the upper middle parking lot.”

  • Tax-free weekend is Aug. 4-6

    Ashley Lowrimore
    For The Lancaster News

    Make that list and check it twice. No, not for Santa – for tax-free back-to-school shopping during the annual S.C. Sales-Tax-Free Weekend.
    Starting at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and continuing through Sunday, Aug. 6, book bags, clothing, pencils, paper and other school supplies are exempt from the 6 percent state sales tax.
    The S.C. Department of Revenue estimates shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during past tax holiday weekends.

  • Phipps dives into hectic new job

    One of his first days on the job, Dr. Jonathan Phipps arrived at the Lancaster County School District office at 6:45 a.m.
    The district’s new superintendent sat at his new desk preparing for meetings, reviewing routine paperwork, and returning e-mails and phone calls. Already, the schedule was hectic and varied.
     “You never have the same day twice,” he said.
    He jotted notes in a journal to keep track of events. He’s kept one for the last 10 years.

  • Construction begins on new Panhandle elementary school

    Land has been cleared and concrete blocks are going up at the site of a new elementary school in the Panhandle.

    Lancaster County School District Facilities Director David Small said construction is “moving along.”

    “They’re digging footings and going up with concrete blocks as they go,” Small said, noting electrical work and plumbing is also being installed underground.

  • Guidelines for schools’ free and reduced-price meals

    From release

    The Lancaster County School District has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the household size and income criteria for determining eligibility starting July 1 as seen in the accompanying table.

  • 2017-18 registration rules for Lancaster schools

    From release

    Registration dates have been set for the 2017-18 school year.
    No general school fees will be charged this year, although fees may be charged for activities such as band, driver education, clubs and yearbooks.
    School insurance will not be on sale during registration.

    What students new to a school must bring