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Created on 5/23/2011 - Last updated on 5/23/2011

Cell Phone Policy

Cell PHONE POLICY

 ****This is under revision at this time****
Students may use cell phones during breaks in the school day outside of classrooms, but never during classtime.

Cell phone possession is not allowed during the hours of 7:30 am until 3:10 pm.
 
·        First offense:  Student’s phone will be taken away for three days and returned to a parent or legal guardian.
·        Second offense:  Students’ phone will be taken away for one week and returned only to a parent or legal guardian.
·        Third offense:  Students’ phone will be taken away for one month and returned only to a parent or legal guardian.
·        Fourth offense:  Students will be suspended and phones will be returned at the end of the year.
·        Consequences for failure to relinquish phone/item to school official as follows:
 
1.      first offense:  1 day OSS
2.      second offense:  3 days OSS
3.      third and each additional offense:  5 days OSS
4.      each additional offense will have a day of OSS added to the (5 days OSS)
 
***   STUDENTS THAT BRING PROHIBITED ITEMS TO SCHOOL, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO CELL PHONES, I-PODS, OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES, ETC. WILL DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK.  CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL ASSUMES NO LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY IF PROHIBITED ITEMS BECOME DAMAGED OR STOLEN

OSS Policy

Chester Senior High School


(7-INCIDENTS} OSS POLICY

STUDENTS WHO ATTEND CHESTER HIGH SCHOOL ARE ALLOWED NO MORE THAN 7 INCIDENTS THAT RESULT IN OSS.


FAILURE TO FOLLOW THIS POLICY WILL RESULT IN RECOMMENDATION FOR EXPULSION.


ANY STUDENT ON SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPERTY WHILE SUSPENDED IS SUBJECT TO ARREST FOR TRESPASSING.

Tardy Policy

Chester Senior High School
 
TARDY POLICY
 
 
DISCIPLINE FOR TARDIES
 
 
1ST tardy to class – Warning from teacher
 
2nd tardy to class – Warning from teacher and teacher contacts parent.
 
3rd tardy to class – referral to office for 1 day ISS
 
4th tardy to class – referral to office for 1 day ISS
 
5th tardy to class – referral to office for 1 day ISS
 
6th tardy to class – referral to office for 1 day OSS – Office contacts parent
 
7th tardy to class – referral to office for 1 day OSS
 
8th tardy to class referral to office for 2 days OSS
 
9th tardy to class – referral to office for 3 days OSS
 
10th or more – add 1 day OSS for each day over 9
 
OSS ASSIGNMENTS
 
Assignments will not be provided for students while they are OSS.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain missed assignments from their teachers within 5 days of returning for OSS.
If the student misses assignments where labs or group work is assigned, it is the teacher’s choice to allow this assignment or assign a different assignment for missed lab/group work grades.

Updated ID Policy

ID POLICY

Students must be in possession of their own IDs at all times, but are not required to wear them.
Replacement cost is $3.

Students attempting to use a card that is not their own or a stolen temporary card will be suspended for three (3) days.
ID cards may not be damaged, marked on, or changed in any manner. 
Any card with an obscured name or photo must be replaced at the regular fee.

Faculty and staff will wear ID cards in plain view at all times.

South Carolina Junior Scholars Program

South Carolina Junior Scholars Program

 

What is it? The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program was developed by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) during the 1985-86 school year to identify eighth grade students with exceptional academic talent and to develop strategies for inclusion into special programs. The Chester County School District supports participation in the Junior Scholars program; however, not all districts in SC participate in this program.

 

What does the program include? The program includes a process for screening a potential talent pool of students, identifying and recognizing those students with exceptionally high scholastic achievement and intellectual ability, and sponsoring summer opportunities in collaboration with participating South Carolina colleges and universities.

 

When does the program begin? Students are screened and identified in the eighth grade.

 

How will the students be recognized? Students who qualify for this special recognition will be recognized in local award ceremonies, receive an Award of Merit certificate from the local school district, and may be invited to attend summer opportunities at participating South Carolina colleges and universities.

 

Eligibility for Testing Criteria

  • Students must currently be enrolled in eighth grade in a public, private, or home school in South Carolina.

  • Home-schooled students must meet home school statute eligibility (statuses 59-65-40, 59-65-45, or 59-65-47) to participate.

  • For public schools, potential Junior Scholars may include those students who scored Exemplary in English language arts and mathematics on the Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (PASS) in the seventh grade.

  • For private and home-schooled students, the respective associations will determine the selection of potential Junior Scholars.

  • To be eligible, all students must apply through a designated Junior Scholars School District Coordinator or a designated Junior Scholars Private or Home School Association Coordinator.

 

Identification criteria include:

  • Eligible students who score 50 or higher on the PSAT in verbal, math, or writing will be identified as South Carolina Junior Scholars, or

  • Eligible students who participated in Duke University’s Talent Identification Program (TIP) during their seventh-grade year, who met eligibility requirements as outlined by that program, and were identified and recognized by Duke TIP at the State Recognition or Grand Recognition ceremony will be identified as South Carolina Junior Scholars.

 

The designated Junior Scholars District or Private School Coordinator or the designated Junior Scholars Home School Association Coordinator will report the names of the eligible recipients (PSAT and TIPS) to the South Carolina Department of Education when requested.

 

Philosophy: The South Carolina Junior Scholars Program reflects the growing statewide effort to improve education in South Carolina and responds to the needs of students possessing unique abilities. The purpose of the program is to identify students and provide opportunities that will facilitate their intellectual growth, broaden their individual interests, and promote their scholastic achievement.

 

For additional information about the South Carolina Junior Scholars Program, please contact the principal or guidance counselor in your school/associate or Nicole Ivery at the South Carolina Department of Education at 803-734-6268 or email nivery@ed.sc.gov.

School Clubs

Elementary School Level

 

All of our elementary schools are unique and offer a variety of activities, clubs, and organizations. Students have excellent opportunities to learn and to grow through both academic and extracurricular experiences. To determine which specific clubs, activities, and organizations are available for your child, please contact the school office.

 

Middle School Level

(Not all clubs/organizations are offered at every school.)

 

Academic Challenge Team

Academic Challenge Teams are composed of seventh and eighth grade students. They compete against area schools in quiz bowl type scrimmages. A final competition is held at the end of the season at the annual Academic Challenge Festival. Teams are made up of students who are knowledgeable in academic areas such as literature, math, history, science, music, art, and current events. To be a member, students must have a teacher recommendation and an acceptable score on the Academic Challenge Test.

 

Archery

Through the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), the mission is to develop micro and macro motor ability and listening and observation skills. The hope is to engage students in the educational process and develop relationships to decrease the dropout rate. NASP believes that learning target shooting skills will develop character and self-reliance that will serve the future of wildlife conservation.

 

Art Club

The Art Club consists of informal meetings of students interested in the arts. Any student who cares about art and is willing to work is welcomed. Students work with a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, graphic design, and sculpture.

Band

Middle School Band is an ongoing class that provides instruction in instrumental music education. In addition to classes, the band participates in All State Band, concert festivals, and the Solo & Ensemble Festival.

 

Band classes are composed of students who, with parental approval, elect to take the course in sixth grade. Participation in subsequent years is limited to those who have previously been enrolled.

 

Camp Thunderbird

Each year a group of sixth graders is randomly selected to attend Camp Thunderbird. This is a three-day/two night experience to the Environmental Education Center at Camp Thunderbird. Compass reading, forest ecology, bird study, Native American study, and fish study are a few of the classes that the students participate in while at this “classroom in the wood.” The school will notify parents of any required fees.

 

Choral Music

Choral music students are selected by audition. Students are required to give concerts for school and community events. Students provide music for athletic events, city ceremonies, etc. Students are required to take a choral class, purchase the required uniform(s), and attend all performances.

 

Envision World Class Scholars

This program uses digital technology (Google Hangout) where students can connect with other around the world, learn something from a global perspective, and share with others what they have learned in a structured but relaxed, friendly format. Students are encouraged to ask questions they are curious to know about and at the end, produce a team project on their learning time together.

Junior Beta Club

Junior Beta Club is a scholastic organization based on character, leadership, academics, and community service. Junior Beta Club is open to students in the seventh and eighth grades who have an “A” average in the core academic areas for two semesters.  Once students have been chosen for membership, they are required to complete ten hours of community service as well as maintain a good academic record.

 

Literary Club

Literary Club is for anyone interested in reading for fun. Its purpose is to encourage recreational reading and to promote the development of good literary skills. Literary club members meet once a month.

 

Mathcounts

Mathcounts is a nationwide math coaching and competition program for seventh and eighth grade students. It promotes students’ interest in math by making math achievement as challenging, exciting, and prestigious as a school sport.

Math-A-Thon

Each year the math department sponsors the Math-A-Thon for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.  Students improve their math skills by completing problems in the Math-A-Thon Funbook for which they obtain pledges from family, friends, and the community.

National Geography Bee

All middle school students compete in the National Geographic Geography Bee. The school-wide winner receives a medal and a chance to compete at the state level. The bee is conducted to promote geography in the schools.

 

National Middle School Month

This month of activities recognizes the importance of middle level school initiatives. Each year schools engage in activities as outlined by the National Middle Level Education Committee.

 
Newspaper Staff

The newspaper staff helps to produce the school newsletter. The newspaper staff is charged with creating an interesting and informative newsletter, which is distributed throughout the year. While working on the staff, students learn interview skills, word processing skills, editing skills, and Internet use.

 

Robotics

Through the First Lego League Program and dedicated coaches, students are introduced to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Guided by their imaginations and guidance from their coaches, students discover exciting career possibilities in STEM fields and, through this process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

 
Science Club

The purpose of the Science Club is to sponsor field trips that emphasize concepts studied in the eighth grade science curriculum. To be a member, students must be in the eighth grade and maintain a “C” average or better. The club has taken two trips to Congaree Swamp and Sesquicentennial State Park to allow for a hands-on close-up look at the geological features of these areas.

Science Fair

Sixth grade students participate in a science fair.  Students plan an investigation and conduct a scientific experiment to find answers to their questions. Data and conclusions are displayed through several different mediums. Students enjoy the benefits of using the scientific process, as well as the use of technology.

 

Spelling Bee

The Chester County School District Spelling Bee is an annual event. All students participate in a class spelling bee, usually held in language arts classes. The Charlotte Observer provides a booklet of words and rules. Class winners advance to the school’s spelling bee. The school winner advances to the Chester County School District Spelling Bee. The district winner represents the school district in the Charlotte Observer Regional Spelling Bee. The regional winner advances to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

 

Student Council

At the beginning of each school year, each homeroom elects its representative and alternate to serve on the student council. The student council works on special service projects such as raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and sponsoring a blood drive.

 

Student Publications

The Student Publication Club is for anyone interested in writing for fun. Its purpose is to encourage recreational writing and to promote the development of good literary skills. Student Publications members meet once a month.

 

Talent Show

The annual talent show gives students and faculty the chance to showcase their talents. It encourages individual confidence and self-motivation. Students compete in a positive setting and vie for prizes.

 

Yearbook Staff

The yearbook staff meets on a regular basis to help construct the school yearbook. Students select covers, organize student pictures and class collages, arrange layouts, and take pictures.

 

 

High School Level

(Not all clubs/organizations are offered at every school.)

 

Academic Challenge Team

Academic Challenge Teams are composed of students who are willing to participate and attend mandatory practices. The teams compete against other area schools twice a year. The teams consist of students who are knowledgeable in academic areas such as literature, math, history, science, music, art, and current events.

 

Beta Club

Beta Club is a scholastic organization based on character, leadership, academics, and community service. The Beta Club is open to sophomores who have a minimum GPA of 3.75. Once students have been chosen for membership, they are required to complete ten hours of community service as well as maintain a good academic record.

 

BAND

Concert Band

Concert Band represents area high schools at certain community events as well as the state level events sponsored by the South Carolina Band Directors Association. The Concert Band is composed of musicians in grades 8-12 who meet minimum requirements.

Marching Band

Marching Band is open to selected musicians from grades 8-12. Students attend band camp prior to the beginning of school to prepare for marching season. The band competes in various competitions during the month of October. Competition at the State Championship is based on the previous performances. The band also provides music during half-time at football games and marches in various parades around the county.

 

Color Guard

The Color Guard, part of the Marching Band, is open to students in grades 8-12. The guard performs drill and dance routines involving a variety of props and equipment. The guard is an integral part of the Marching Band performance. (See Marching Band)

Chorus (Honors)

Honors Chorus is open to students by audition only. The chorus performs at special functions and upon request.

 
 
Distributive Education Club of America (DECA)

DECA is an organization of marketing and entrepreneurship students. This organization provides teachers and members with educational and leadership development activities as an extension of the classroom instructional program. The goal of DECA is to develop a “career success kit” for students to carry into their business and personal lives after graduation. To accomplish this, DECA utilizes on-the-job experience, chapter projects, and a program of competency-based competitive events in specific marketing occupational areas.

 

Drama

The Drama Club is open to all students. Membership does not depend on grade level or GPA. The goal of the drama club is to promote school wide participation in the performing arts and to improve the students’ knowledge of theater through drama experiences. Besides producing plays for the high school theater and attending various state conferences, the drama club builds sets for other clubs and community functions. It also distributes information to students about local performances.

 
The Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

FCCLA is a national vocational student organization for young men and women who are or have been enrolled in Family and Consumer Science courses.

 
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)

FCA is an open club for all students who wish to share their Christian values.  One does not have to be an athlete to be part of the FCA.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FBLA is a national organization. This organization involves nearly 250,000 members in over 13,000 chartered chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Department of Defense Schools worldwide. Membership dues and national financial development activities provide a financial base for the National Association, which offers leadership and guidance while developing support services and major programs. Membership is open to students in grades 9-12, enrolled in business or business-related courses, which accept the purpose of FBLA, subscribe to its creed, demonstrate willingness to contribute to meaningful school-community relations, and possess qualities for employment.

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

FFA has programs on the local, state, and national levels that help young people reach their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Whether entering the workforce directly or pursuing higher degrees, FHA members are exposed to a comprehensive curriculum, as well as plenty of hands-on experience.

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

HOSA is involved in many activities ranging from community service to competition. This organization has helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Salvation Army. HOSA competition involves many hours of hard work in various medical fields. Skills are later tested at regional, state, and national competitions.

 
JROTC Drill Team

The mission of the Army JROTC is to motivate young people to be better citizens. The Drill Team is the elite of this organization; they practice and execute precision military drills. They have competed in a host of competitions securing a reputation as a powerhouse in the region. In past years they have been invited to the National High School Drill Competition. They have been named the “HOOAH: Battalion,” which is slang used by soldiers and cadets meaning any and everything except NO!

Media Center Assistants

Media Center assistants help facilitate the smooth operation of the schools’ media centers. Students must contact the school media specialist if they are interested in assisting. Selected students work during the week in the media center before, during, and after school. They straighten shelves, shelve books, help produce displays, participate in publishing a newsletter, and perform other tasks that help make the media center a well-organized, effective learning center for all students.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

NTHS is the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education. NTHS encourages higher scholastic achievement, cultivates a desire for personal excellence, and helps top students find success in today’s highly competitive workforce.

 

 

Newspaper Staff

Open to all students, the newspaper staff publishes a quarterly school paper.

 
Office Assistants

Selected students serve as assistants in the school office. Students run errands, sort mail, answer the phone, etc.

 

Peer Leaders

Selected students with good grades and no discipline records act as models for younger students with problems involving academics, behavior, or activities.

 
SAT 1000 Club

The SAT 1000 Club is open to all students who achieve 1000+ on the SAT or the equivalent on the ACT.

 
SkillsUSA

SkillsUSA is a national organization serving high school and college students and instructors who are enrolled in training programs in technical, skilled, and service occupations. SkillsUSA provides quality educational experiences in student leadership, teamwork, citizenship, and character building. It emphasizes total quality work.

 
Spanish Club

Several different Spanish clubs are offered depending on a student’s level in Spanish. Students wanting to gain a thorough knowledge of the Spanish language will enjoy the Spanish Club.

 

Spanish Honor Society

The Spanish Honor Society is sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. Its purpose is to recognize high achieving students who take these languages and to promote interest in the languages. Students must have an A average in each of the 3 semesters of Spanish to be a member.

Sporting Clays

Sporting Clays is a school sponsored club that is available at the varsity and junior varsity level in grades 9-12.  It is for students who have an interest in the sport, and want to participate in shooting clays competitions.  There is a sponsor from the school staff, who has a knowledge or interest in shooting clays.  The members of the club are chosen to be on the sporting clays team after tryouts at a sporting clays facility.  Members are responsible for all of their sporting clays equipment and their transportation to and from sporting clays practices, which are never held on school grounds.  Students may be responsible for all entry fees to competition, but may participate in fund raising activities to off-set the expenses incurred as being a member of the club.  The rules for this club are those established for any Chester County School District sports team competition.

Student Council

Student Council is a student organization made up of six executive officers and the officers of each class. Students are elected by the student body and must meet GPA criteria. Members of the Student Council must have a 2.0 GPA for the preceding semester and good conduct. Executive Officers must have a 3.0 GPA for the preceding semester and good conduct.  Members and officers must have been enrolled in this high school for at least one semester prior to election. The Student Council is a channel for communication between the student body, faculty, and administration. The Council also organizes social functions and community projects.

Students Out to Serve (SOS)

SOS is a service organization whose members are genuinely concerned about the welfare of others. The aim of SOS is to make a difference in the lives of those it strives to serve. Students must maintain a 2.8 GPA or above and a clean discipline record, receive recommendations from teachers, and complete a satisfactory interview with the sponsor.

Tri–M

The Tri-M organization is made up of students, faculty, and honorary members. In order to be considered for the Tri-M, one must be enrolled in a music class choir, band, color guard, piano, or jazz band. Only students in grades ten through twelve are eligible. Members are required to perform in an ensemble, have excellent character, and demonstrate outstanding musicianship. Interested individuals need to contact their music instructor for a recommendation; complete an application; and meet GPA, behavior, and performance criteria. 

Yearbook Staff

Open to all students, Yearbook Staff membership is limited at the discretion of the advisor. These students have the primary responsibility for planning and producing their high school yearbook. They are involved in all facets of publishing the yearbook.

Academically Gifted and Talented Program

Academically Gifted and Talented (G/T) Program

 

ACCENT

Mission Statement

The mission of gifted education is to maximize the potential of gifted and talented students by providing programs and services that match the unique characteristics and needs of these students.

 

Referrals

Referrals from administrators, parents, teachers, and students are accepted for screening. Screening does not guarantee placement in the program. Referral forms can be obtained from principals, guidance counselors, or via the district website, www.chester.k12.sc.us.

Screening

Screening  for  academic  gifted  programs  begins  in  the fall  of  grade  two  for  3rd   grade  placement.                                                                                                                                                      For specific information regarding the program, contact the ACCENT Program coordinator at (803) 581-9539.

 

The Chester County ACCENT Program serves students in grades 3 through 5 in a pull-out program which meets one day a week. Students in grades 6 through 12 are served in middle and high school G/T classes and honors classes.

 

Selection Criteria*

Gifted and talented students may be found within any racial, ethnic, or socio-economic group; within any nationality; within both genders; and within populations with disabilities.

Identification is a multi-step process, which consists of referral, screening, and assessment of eligibility by a district evaluation and placement team. The state of South Carolina has established three dimensions of giftedness as criteria for placement in the academically gifted program. In order to qualify for placement in gifted and talented programs, a student must meet the eligibility criteria in two out of the following three dimensions:

  • Dimension A Reasoning Abilities: Students must score at the 93rd national age percentile on a nationally normed aptitude test. Students may be eligible for placement on the basis of aptitude scores alone if they score at the 96th national age percentile on the composite score of a nationally normed aptitude test.

  • Dimension B Achievement: Students must score at the 94th national percentile on approved sub tests (reading comprehension and/or mathematical concepts and  problem solving) on a nationally normed achievement test or score advanced on English/Language Arts subtest and/or math subtest of the South Carolina statewide assessment instrument (Fall- MAP Scores)

  • Dimension C- Academic Performance: For placement in grades 3-6, a student must achieve a performance standard score based on age or grade on The Performance Task Assessment. Score requirements are as follows:

    • Primary Grade Two is 16 on verbal or nonverbal; Primary Grade Three is 18 verbal or nonverbal;

    • Intermediate Grade Four is 16 verbal or 22 nonverbal; and Intermediate Grade Five is 18 verbal or 25 nonverbal.

    • For placement in grades 5-10, a 3.75 grade point average in the academic disciplines is required.

    • Performance tasks or grade point average should be used after a student meets the standard on either aptitude or achievement, but not both.

  • No private testing will be accepted for eligibility, but those results may be considered for referral purposes.

Characteristics
    • Learns easily and rapidly

    • Thinks clearly, recognizes implied relationships, comprehends meanings

    • Reads above grade level

    • Retains what he/she has heard or read without appearing to need much rote or drill

    • Possesses a large vocabulary

    • Exhibits independence, individualism, and self-sufficiency

    • Demonstrates a curious and investigative nature

    • Focuses intently on areas of interest

    • Produces original products or ideas

    • Prefers complex ideas

General Information

General Information

Assemblies

Assembly programs are an important part of the educational program. Therefore, students attending assemblies will be counted as being present in the class assigned to them during the time of the assembly. Students absent from assemblies will be marked absent from classes during the period affected.  It is expected that an atmosphere of respect will be maintained throughout all assemblies. Students are not to engage in whistling, shouting, yelling, foot stomping, booing, or excessive talking.

Deliveries

No Chester County School will accept nor deliver to students any items before, during, or after school unless they are of an educational nature/value or medically necessary.

 

Emergency Drills

All students will participate in monthly fire drills in accordance with district policy. Tornado and earthquake awareness education and drills are also conducted during the school year. All students will participate in at least two emergency evacuation drills utilizing school buses. In addition to the above, all students receive instruction in general safety and accident prevention.

 

Fees Owed to the School

Students must settle all fees owed to the school prior to the end of the school year. No student records will be released until all fees, fines, charges, and textbooks have been received.

 

Health Services

Parents will be notified if a student becomes ill or is injured during school. When it is necessary for the student to leave school, a parent, guardian, or designated alternate must sign the student out in the office.

 

Immunization Requirements

All students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12 are required to furnish a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization prior to enrollment. School officials will record the immunization data on the student’s health record and/or attach a copy of the certificate to the health record.

Insurance

Accident insurance is offered to students at the beginning of each school year. Two basic policies are available:

1)  A policy covering the student to, from, and while at school during the school year.

2)  A policy covering the student 24 hours a day for the entire year.

Students are encouraged to purchase school accident insurance if they intend to participate in athletics, including cheerleading.

 

Medication

Parents are encouraged to give all medication outside of school hours whenever possible. The parent/guardian is responsible for furnishing any medication to the school. Parents are required to bring the medications to school, rather than send them by the student.  Children may not carry prescription medications or bring them to school.  Parents or a family representative must bring prescription medication to the school principal or the appropriate health personnel.

Short Term Medication (less than 15 calendar days): Parents must complete a short-term medication form or send a note with instructions to include the name of medication, dosage, and time to be given. Parent permission is accepted in writing only.

Long Term Medication (More than 15 calendar days): Students must have a long-term medication form completed by their health care provider for all long-term medications. This form must be completed with name and dosage of medications, time to be given at school, and any restrictions. This form must be completed each school year. If the medication schedule of dosage changes, a new form must be completed. A health care provider may send a prescription pad note to be attached to the medication form.

 

Posters and Advertisements

Displaying of posters, advertisements, notices, etc., on campus must be approved by the principal and must be placed in the area designated.

 

Procedures for Enrollment/Transfers Within Chester Park Complex

Parents of students zoned for Chester Park Complex have the opportunity to choose from among three K-5 schools with different thematic approaches to learning: Chester Park Elementary School of Inquiry, Chester Park Elementary School of the Arts, and Chester Park Center of Literacy Through Technology. Each school ranges in size from 350 to 600 students.

 

New Students Enrolling During the School Year: Parents may select their 1st and 2nd school choice; however, student assignments will be made on a “space available” basis.

 

Transfers between Schools/School Choice Limits: During a child’s elementary school career, only one transfer will be allowed to one of the other schools at Chester Park Complex. Should a parent want to exercise their right to transfer for the next school year, the request must be received in writing to the principal by May 1st.

 

Waiting List Families: When a parent does not receive their 1st school of choice, and the child is placed in the 2nd school of choice, the child will be put on a waiting list for priority of their 1st choice for the following school year. Should the parent still want to transfer their child to the 1st school of choice for the following school year, he/she may exercise their right to transfer by stating this in writing to the principal by May 1st.

 

Please note:  These procedures do not apply to the waiting list for the Academy for Teaching and Learning.

 

Students for Whom No School Choice is Submitted: In the event that requests for school choice are not received or not received within the established time frame for the school selection process, students within a family will be randomly assigned to one of the schools.

Solicitations

School-sponsored clubs and organizations must have prior approval from the principal before engaging in any fundraising activities.

Student Messages

Students will not be called to the telephone or office at any time for delivering messages. However, messages of an emergency nature will be delivered to the student at the end of the school day.

Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 requires that student personnel records be managed in a confidential manner. Regulations and procedures for compliance are provided through board policy. The following information is releasable upon request at the discretion of the student’s school principal: the student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, photo, subject of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diplomas and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Any parent or guardian of a student attending Chester County School District who would prefer that any or all information not be released without the parent’s or guardian’s prior consent should notify the Office of the Superintendent in writing by August 31st.

 

Student Registration

The following procedures are required before a new student may attend class:

1.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete a registration form.

2.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete the health card.

3.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete a Home Language Survey form.

4.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must provide a copy of the student’s S.C. Certificate of Immunization from the doctor or the health department (must have white, long copy- not pink card).

5.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must provide a Medicaid number, if applicable.

 
Student Withdrawal

If a student must withdraw from school the following steps must be completed.

1.      Parent(s)/guardian(s) must visit the school and complete a withdrawal form.

2.      All fees owed to the school must be paid in full.

3.      Student records will be forwarded when a transcript request is received from the new school.

 

Transportation Changes

Please notify the school/teacher in writing if there is to be a change in the transporting of your child. No student will be allowed to go home a different way unless written permission is provided by a parent/guardian. A phone call is not acceptable. Students who ride a bus may ride only the bus to which they are assigned. Please settle all transportation arrangements before your child leaves home.

Bus Transportation Changes

All bus changes (i.e. change of address, going to a sitter’s address, etc.) must be made at the Transportation Office. A phone call is not acceptable.

 

It is the procedure of the Chester County School District for parents to receive students in pre-kindergarten through second grade at the bus stop in the afternoons. If a parent is not present to pick up their child at the bus stop, the student(s) will be returned to school where a parent will be called to get them.

 

It is our goal to ensure student safety at all times. To do this, we cannot allow students off the bus without parent supervision. To assure that each pre-kindergarten through second grade student is under the direct supervision of a parent/guardian, bus drivers and parents will be required to make eye contact as a means of matching each student with a parent/guardian.

 

In the event that a parent is not at the bus stop to make eye contact with the bus driver and receive his/her child, the following steps will be taken:

 

1st Time Returned to School         Warning

2nd Time Returned to School        3 days suspension from the bus

3rd Time Returned to School        2 weeks suspension from the bus

4th Time Returned to School       Suspension from the bus for remainder of semester of year at the discretion of the                        principal                                                      

 

 

 

 

Visitors

Parents are welcome to visit the school at any time. All visitors MUST sign in at the office and obtain a Visitor’s Badge. This badge must be worn at all times while visiting in the school.


Cafeteria Guidelines

FOOD SERVICE GUIDELINES 2016-17

 

Chester County School District offers a student nutrition program that meets USDA Meal Pattern standards.  This means students will receive a breakfast that provides one-fourth of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) and a lunch that provides one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) as set forth by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

 

The prices for student lunch will be $1.85 for Elementary (K-5) and $2.10 for Middle and Highs (6-12) schools.  Breakfast will be offered at the price of $1.10 per meal.  Reduced lunch price is $.40 per meal, and reduced breakfast price is $.30 per meal.

 

In order for your student to participate in the food service meal program, he/she must bring money daily or pay in advance in weekly, monthly or yearly increments.   Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. All checks must provide the current phone number and address imprinted on the check. Returned checks will be go directly to Payliance for collection procedures.   For your convenience, you may also go online and use www.k12paymentcenter.com to put money directly into your students cafeteria account.  There is a $1.95 transaction fee for making an on-line payment.  You may also request that K12PaymentCenter sends you an email notification when your students balance reaches a certain amount.

 

Parents will be notified via note, e-mail/and or phone call when their student’s cafeteria account balance is low.   Students are allowed to carry a balance up to $10.00.  Once the student exceeds $10.00, they will be provided an alternative meal, for which the applicable meal price will apply.  Please refer to the meal prices above for the current school year.   Please note that your student will not be allowed to purchase a-la-carte or extra items until their balance is paid.  If you are not able to pay the full amount owed at one time, please call the cafeteria office and we will work with you as you pay a portion of the debt at a time.   If your student has a negative balance at the end of the school year that balance must be paid or it will follow them to the next grade or the next school they attend.

 

Free and reduced priced meals are available through an application process. All families must complete a Free/Reduced Meal Application each school year.  Students will be allowed to eat on their previous year’s meal status until September 30, 2016.  .  If our office does not receive current year application prior to October 1, 2016, the meal status will automatically change to FULL pay.  Our office uses the following information to determine meal status: Income, Food Stamps, and Social Security/Disability.  MEDICAID IS NOT USED TO DETERMINE ELIGILBILTY.

 

If you do not receive a meal benefit application, please pick one up from the school cafeteria; at the District Office or on the Chester County School District website www.chester.k12.sc.us. The completed paper form may be returned to the homeroom teacher or mailed directly to the Food service Department at the district office.  509 District Office Drive, Chester, SC 29706. Only one application per household is required.

 

 Remember that you must submit a new application each year.  Please note that you will be responsible for paying for all lunch and breakfast charges until your application has been approved by the District Office.  If you are a new student in Chester County then you must pay for meals until your application is approved even if you had a free or reduced status in another school districtYou will be mailed notification of your eligibility status as soon as your application has been processed.  

 

Parents and grandparents are always welcome to eat with their children.  The cost of an adult lunch for the 2016-2017 school year is $3.60 and the cost for an adult breakfast is $2.20.  This is subject to change.

 

For more information about the Food Service Program, please visit our website @ www.chester.k12.sc.us.

 

We appreciate your continued cooperation and patronage with the Food Service Program of Chester County School District.

 

If you have any questions or concerns in regard to the Food Service Program, please contact Mrs. Shana H. Catoe, Director of Food Services, at the District Office Tel.: 803-581-9515.

 

 

 

 

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Athletic Offerings

Athletic Offerings

 

Going hand-in-hand with clubs, activities, and organizations are athletics. Chester County School District understands the positive effect sports can have on today’s youth. We are proud to offer a wide variety of sports for middle and high school students, both male and female. Due to the size variations among schools, not all sports are offered at all schools. The school district makes every effort to allow students the widest range of choices possible.

 

Middle School Athletics

Grades 7 & 8

Middle school athletic teams are offered at all Chester County School District’s middle schools. The South Carolina High School League has determined that middle school athletics is only open to students in grades seven and eight.

 

Athletic Eligibility

1.      Students must have a copy of their birth certificate on file in the school office.

2.      Students must have a complete physical from their doctor dated no later than April 1st of the previous year.

3.      Students must meet sixth or seventh grade academic promotion standards for their school.

A seventh or eighth grade repeater WILL NOT be eligible during a school year if academic requirements for promotion were not met. (A student may be eligible for second semester if he/she passes first semester work.)

 

SPORT

SEASON

Football

Fall

Cheerleading

Fall/Winter

Basketball

Winter

Wrestling*

Winter

Soccer*

Spring

* Not available at all middle schools at this time.

 

Other Sports

Middle school students (7th & 8th grade) may participate in certain high school sports.  According to South Carolina

High School League rules, middle school students may compete at the high school level except for varsity football, varsity wrestling, and varsity soccer.

 

High School Athletics

Grades 7 through 12

High school athletic teams are offered at all Chester County School District’s high schools. The South Carolina High School League has determined that high school athletics are open to students in grades seven through twelve (except varsity football, varsity wrestling, and varsity soccer- grades nine through twelve only.)

Athletic Eligibility

1.      Students must have a copy of their birth certificate on file in the school office.

2.      Students must have a complete physical from their doctor dated no later than April 1st of the previous year.

3.      A student, while participating, must be a full-time student as determined by the State Department of Education. A student who is repeating a course for which he/she has previously received credit cannot count this course as one required for eligibility.

4.      To participate in interscholastic athletic activities, students in grades 9-12 must achieve an overall passing average in addition to the following:

a.       To be eligible in the first semester the student must pass a minimum of five Carnegie units applicable toward a high school diploma during the previous year. At least two units must have been passed during the second semester or summer school.

b.      To be eligible during the second semester the student must meet one of the following conditions:

1 - Meet first semester eligibility and must pass the equivalent of four ½ units during the first semester,

2- OR, If not eligible first semester, must pass the equivalent of 5 ½ units during the first semester.


   SPORTS AND SEASON

 

SPORT

LEVEL

SEASON

Football

9th Grade

Fall

Football

J.V.

Fall

Football

Varsity

Fall