Parent Resources

Calhoun County Public School District provides a value-added educational experience to your child. There are programs and activities in place that support and complement their academics.
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We strive to provide a safe and secure environment, and we work to empower students to take responsibility for this community, their actions, and their learning; as we prepare them to be college or career ready.

The goal of the Parent Resource page is to provide parents with tools to assist their children in being successful.  The relationship between the school and home is a partnership. Strong and successful partnerships require both parties to contribute equally to the task. We solicit your input, your time, and your support.

P-EBT is an optional federal program designed to provide food benefits to children who have temporarily lost access to free and reduced-price meals at school or
child care due to closures triggered by COVID-19.

P-EBT is administered by the South Carolina Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Social Services.

All school children who were approved for free or reduced-price school meals at school under the National School Lunch Program are eligible for P-EBT benefits for the summer of 2022. This includes:
     • School children who were approved for free or reduced-price meals during the last month of the 2021-22 school year. Because the covered summer period is an  extension of the school year, this includes children who graduate at the end of the school year.
     • Children who are determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price school meals during the covered 2022 summer period. This would include students who submitted meal applications during the summer months (June 1, 2022 - August 16, 2022). These meal applications will not be processed until late August 2022. Please contact your student’s school to determine if they are newly eligible for Summer K-12 P-EBT.
Children who meet any of the following criteria are not eligible for P-EBT:
• Students who were not approved for free or reduced-price meals or not enrolled in schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program for the 2021-22 school year.
• Students who were home schooled for the 2021-22 school year.
The number of P-EBT benefit days equals the number of weekdays during the covered summer period. South Carolina adopted the U.S. standard for the length of the summer period which equals 55 days. The benefit amount per child is $391.
Children who attend a 4K program in a CEP school or were approved for a free or reduced-price meals program for the 2021-22 school year are eligible for Summer K-
12 P-EBT. Please check the list of participating schools on the DSS website. Children enrolled in 4K programs operated by private child care facilities are not eligible for 2022 Summer K-12 P-EBT. Children who received Children Under Six P-EBT Summer benefits are not eligible for 2022 Summer K-12 P-EBT.
Children who attend a Head Start program in a CEP school or were enrolled in free or reduced-price meals program for the 2021-22 school year are eligible for Summer
K-12 P-EBT. Please check the list of participating schools on the DSS website. Children enrolled in Head Start programs operated outside of a public school are not
eligible for Summer K-12 P-EBT. Children who received Children Under Six P-EBT Summer benefits are not eligible for a Summer K-12 P-EBT.
No. Summer K-12 P-EBT benefits are for all children who are approved for free or reduced-price school meals.

P-EBT cards for 2022 Summer K-12 P-EBT benefits are expected to mail out after August 26, 2022. Due to the high volume of P-EBT cards entering the mailing stream, delivery times for Summer K-12 P-EBT cards will vary. Please allow a minimum of 15 business days, after the card’s mailing, for card arrival.

South Carolina’s benefit issuance schedule for Summer K-12 P-EBT is outlined below.

Benefit Time Period   -    Issuance Dates
Currently Eligible Students Cards will be mailed after 08/26/2022
Newly Eligible Students Cards will be mailed after 10/26/2022

Calls to local County DSS offices or to the State DSS office will not result in faster processing of P-EBT benefits. Please do not call your local DSS County office with questions about P-EBT.
If your student does not receive Summer K-12 P-EBT benefits and they meet the eligible criteria outlined in Question #2, please contact your student’s school or school
district to determine the student’s free or reduced meal status. DSS does not determine eligibility status for P-EBT benefits.
If an eligible household receives a P-EBT card and does not want to participate in the program, the household should destroy the P-EBT card. The P-EBT card and food benefit cannot be transferred to anyone else or used by someone outside your household.
Purchasing rules are the same for SNAP and Summer K-12 P-EBT. Summer K-12 P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food for a household, such as:
• fresh, frozen, canned, or dried fruits and vegetables
• meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, eggs
• cereal, bread, pasta, rice
• any ingredients you use for cooking
• baby formula
• diabetic foods
• snack foods and non-alcoholic beverages
• seeds and plants for growing food at home
Summer K-12 P-EBT benefits CANNOT be used to buy:
• beer, wine, liquor, cigarettes, or tobacco
• vitamins, medicines, and supplements
• prepared foods, hot foods
• non-food items (pet foods, cleaning supplies, paper products, hygiene
items, or cosmetics)
P-EBT benefits can be used to purchase food items at retailers displaying a SNAP logo/signage. Find the closest retailer where you can use your benefits at:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/retailer-locator
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P-EBT benefits expire 274 days after issuance.
To check your balance or report your P-EBT card lost, stolen, or damaged, call 1-800-554-5268.
No. The benefit will carry over from month to month. Benefits not used within 274 days of issuance will be automatically removed from the card.
No. The Summer K-12 P-EBT benefit is provided in addition to other meal programs; it does not replace them.
Grocery retailers/food stores in SC who are interested in accepting SNAP/EBT must contact the USDA for approval. Visit online at:
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/apply- to-accept.

ARP Emergency Housing Choice Vouchers 

The Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) program is available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). Through EHV, HUD is providing 70,000 housing choice vouchers to local Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) in order to assist individuals and families who are:

  • Homeless,
  • At risk of homelessness,
  • Fleeing, or attempting to flee, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking, or
  • Were recently homeless or have a high risk of housing instability.

The Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program includes an unprecedented amount of funding for emergency rental assistance to help renters stay stably housed. The December 2020 COVID-19 relief package included $25 billion in urgently needed emergency rental assistance for tenants with low incomes and established the Emergency Rental Assistance program (ERA) under the administration of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. The “American Rescue Plan Act,” enacted in March 2021, provided an additional $21.55 billion for ERA for a grand total of $46.55 billion in emergency rental assistance. States (including the District of Columbia), territories, tribal governments or tribally designated housing entities, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and local governments with more than 200,000 residents may be administering local programs as part of the federal Treasury ERA program.

The following information is shared to help parents understand the prevention and preparation initiatives that are in place to keep Calhoun County Public Schools’ (CCPS) students and employees safe, how schools respond during and after an emergency, and how parents can play a vital role in each phase.
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Mandated Reporter Information

South Carolina law requires that certain professionals report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect because they have unique opportunities to observe and interact with children. The following professionals are mandated reporters of child abuse or neglect:

 
  • Healthcare professionals: physicians, nurses, dentists, optometrists, medical examiners or coroners or their employees, emergency medical services, mental health or allied health professionals
  • Educational professionals: teachers, counselors, principals, school attendance officers
  • Social or public assistance professionals: substance abuse treatment staff, childcare workers, foster parents
  • Legal professionals: police or law enforcement officers, juvenile justice workers, volunteer non-attorney guardians ad litem serving on behalf of the South Carolina Guardian ad Litem program or on behalf of Richland County CASA, judges
  • Undertakers, funeral home directors, or their employees
  • Film processors
  • Computer technicians
  • Clergy, including Christian Science Practitioners or religious healers (subject to laws governing privileged communication)

 However, the law encourages all persons to report.

Dear Parent/Guardians:

Student attendance is one very important element in the formula for student success. State law requires students age 5-17 to attend school regularly. All stakeholders must work together in an attempt to make certain that all students are in school daily. When there is a separation from school, students miss very important academic preparations.

Most absences fall into 2 categories: excused and unexcused absences. An excused absence occurs when a student misses school and returns with written documentation stating why the absence occurred. That note can come from a medical professional or can be a hand-written note from the parent/guardian. Parents/Guardians are allowed to write excuses that do not exceed ten (10) in number. The Principal has the authority to deny hand-written excuses in excess of ten (10) or to require subsequent absences be documented by a medical professional’s note.

Absences that are labeled unexcused are those absences that do not have an accompanying written excuse. When a student accumulates three (3) consecutive or five (5) cumulative unexcused absences, State law requires a conference including the parent/guardian and school officials to develop an intervention plan to aid in improving the student’s attendance. Should a student then accumulate two (2) more unexcused absences, the student and parent/guardian will be referred to the Solicitor’s office for court intervention.

To avoid the accumulation of unexcused absences, be certain to submit excuses to your child’s school’s attendance clerk upon your student’s return to school. All excuses must be received within five (5) days of the student’s return to school.

Student attendance is a function that we all can influence. Should you have any questions regarding the laws that govern student attendance or your child’s attendance, please feel free to contact your child’s attendance clerk, Principal, or me.

Educationally yours,

 

Ferlondo Tullock

Deputy Superintendent

Tutor.com is a great resource for students that can be accessed through Discuss A-Z. Here are the directions:
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Title IX Contact: Georg Kierman

                             (803) 655-2603