NEWS | Aug. 6, 2014

Back to school already?

By Christopher Gerry Joint Base Charleston School Liaison officer

Charleston County Schools

First Day Festival - August 17th
Charleston County Schools is celebrating the 11th anniversary of this important event which is organized by the Mayor's Office for Children, Youth and Families. The festival is part of the "First Day" initiative which encourages parents to take their children to school on the first day. This year's festival will be held Aug. 17, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Liberty Square at the South Carolina Aquarium and Charleston Maritime Center. Community partners will be providing free school supplies, as well as helpful information for parents. http://www.ccsdschools.com/UpcomingEvents/documents/fdfenglishflyer.pdf

Attendance Zones
The School Look-Up tool can be used to find your correct attendance zone. http://www.ccsdschools.com/choice/GIS-lookup.php

Bus routes and bus stop information are now available on the school district Webpage: http://www.ccsdschools.com/OperationsHumansCapitalFacilities/FinanceOperations/Transportation/BusRoutes.php Office of Transportation (843) 725-3160

Local Air Base schools will operate as follows:
School                        Arrival                 AM             PM          Early Release          Half Day
Lambs                        7:10                   7:30           2:30          12:30                          10:30
Hunley Park               7:10                   7:30           2:30          12:30                          10:30
Zucker                         8:50                   9:10           4:10            2:10                          12:10
Stall                             8:05                   8:25           3:25            1:25                          11:25
See the full Bell Schedule at www.ccsdschools.com/Families/documents/201415_BellSchedule.pdf

Charleston County School District continues to work with the JB Charleston to provide access to quality educational programs for our resident children. To clear up any misconceptions, and to help those moving throughout the housing community, the following information is provided for Air Base residents with school age children: (Be aware to check transportation availability before making any changes to school assignments)

· Some schools have uniform requirements. These can be found at http://www.ccsdschools.com/Families/documents/CCSDSchoolsUniformColors_July2014.pdf
· Current base residents with children attending Hunley Park may continue to attend Hunley Park Elementary regardless of their location in the Air Base housing.

· All new residents to the housing community may elect to have their elementary school age children attend either Lambs or Hunley Park Elementary.

· There is no district transportation provided from the housing area to Hunley Park Elementary.

· Air Base residents arriving after Dec. 2013 have extended application deadlines for "choice" schools in the district. Please contact the School Liaison Office for more information, or look under the "Military Families" link on the CCSD Web page for the application.

If you live on the Air base and have children attending Charleston County Schools and have questions call (843) 937-6300.


Berkeley County Schools
New this year, find information and links to everything your child needs for success on day one! http://www.berkeley.k12.sc.us/spotlight.cfm?sp=125 . Go to www.berkeley.k12.sc.us and find the "Parent Information" link. This page provides all of the calendars and schedules you will need to begin the year.

Attendance Zones
The School Look-Up tool can be used to find your correct attendance zone. http://gis.berkeleycountysc.gov/maps/school_system/

Office of Transportation
Bus routes have individual supervisors you may contact for information. Visit http://berkeley.k12.sc.us/departments.cfm?subpage=91773 for more information.

Local Weapons Station schools will operate as follows:

School                 AM             PM              ½ Day Dismissal         Late Start (3 Hr Delay)
Goose Creek     8:35           3:45              12:35                             11:35
Marrington MS   8:00           2:50              11:40                             11:00
Marrington ES   7:40           2:10              11:10                             10:40

If you live on the Weapons Station and have any question regarding Berkeley County Schools, call (843) 899-8600.


Dorchester District 2 Schools
Please visit their newly designed Web pages at http://www.dorchester2.k12.sc.us/ for information. The "Parent Link" provides access to most of the information you will need, including enrollment and calendars.

Attendance Zones
The attendance list is determined by the subdivision in which you live. Find the "District Information" link and select "Attendance Areas" located under the "Need Help?" tab.

Office of Transportation - (843) 873-6196
Bus information can be found under "Resources" on the "Parent Link" page.