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Located in the heart of beautiful Laurens County, Laurens School District 55 has its administrative offices at 1029 West Main Street in Laurens, South Carolina. Nestled between Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, the area provides peaceful living combined with convenient access to some of the state's most important metropolitan centers, its beaches, or the mountains.
Laurens County School District 55 strives to be a system of excellence
and equity in educational practices for each learner. You can be
assured that your child will be attending a progressive school system
whose educational programs are designed to meet a wide variety of
interests, ability levels, and cultural backgrounds.
your child in the school system here is a relatively simple matter.
You should have signed a statement of release in the school district
from which you have moved. This enables District 55 to receive a copy
of your child's records from that school system. If you did not do this
before relocating, someone at the school to which your child is
assigned in District 55 will be glad to assist you. Take your child's
previous report cards and other school records that you may have with
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
about 1 month ago
Sanders Middle School Participates in Hour of Code
All 8th graders at Sanders Middle School have participated in the Hour of Code through their science classes. Hour of Code is a global movement to expose students of all ages around the world to computer science. Basic computer coding engages students in learning, nurtures their problem solving skills, and inspires creativity.
Hickory Tavern School Receives Free Books
Hickory Tavern School 4th and 5th graders recently studied Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. The school was able to purchase 20 copies of the book through funds applied for and received from the Serafina School Fund. The author, Robert Beatty, donated 10 additional copies of the book to the school.
LDHS Academic Team Wins First Place
The Second Annual WPEC High School Academic Bowl was held on December 14 and 15. Hosted this year by Batesburg-Leesville High School, nine teams representing high schools in the Western Piedmont Education Consortium participated in the double elimination tournament. Laurens District 55 High School defeated Mid-Carolina High School in the final match on Tuesday earning them a 1st Place finish! Pictured are team members along with coach Mr. Garrick O'Dell.
SMS gives to the community
Sanders Middle School Student Council sponsored a canned food drive during the month of November. Sanders students and teachers collected over 300 cans. All of the items collected were donated to Springfield Missionary Baptist Church’s food bank. This will help provide food to shut-ins and people in need from the Sanders community this holiday season. Pictured with Sanders Middle School’s Student Council is Reverend Bryant Cheek.
What are you wondering today?
Students in Mrs. Carmen Duncan's classroom at Hickory Tavern School recently shared their "wonderings" and created a beautiful door!
South Carolina Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities
Distinguished Teacher of Reading
Drew Black, a second grade teacher at Laurens Elementary School, was recently selected as a 2015 Distinguished Teacher of Reading by the Laurens County Reading Council. Congratulations to Ms. Black!
Make-up Days Scheduled
9 days ago
The school day missed on January 22, 2016, due to severe winter weather warnings will be made up on Friday, March 25, 2016. This will be a full day of school and we will follow the normal schedule.
School Emergencies/Weather Notifications
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The information that parents provide is vital. Schools need accurate contact information and emergency names and numbers throughout the school year.
If you see suspicious or potentially dangerous activity in or around the school, notify the school.
Students and staff will exit an unsafe building. The evacuation site may be outside the school building or a relocation site as determined by the principal. Some dangerous situations may call for students and staff to remain inside the school building.
What to do during a School Emergency
In an emergency situation, please get information and news alerts from the following sources:
Laurens School District 55, 864-984-3568
Laurens School District 55 Website, www.laurens55.org
WLBG-AM Radio Station 860
WYFF Channel 4 and WSPA Channel 7 Television Stations
Parent Reunification Procedures
Information may be sent to parents by phone, email, and/or text message. Use the communication resources listed above to get information. Provide your photo ID when picking up your child during an emergency. Follow directions from emergency responders and school personnel.
Safety Plan Summary
The top priority of Laurens School District #55 is the safety and security of students, staff, and schools. The summary below is a general overview of the district emergency plan, which is reviewed and improved on a regular basis.
The district emergency plan outlines the roles and responsibilities of the district's and schools' crisis management teams and procedures to follow when responding to various kinds of emergencies.
- Fire and other emergency drills are conducted regularly for student practice.
- Facilities and playgrounds are inspected for hazards throughout the school year and summer.
- Buildings and grounds are equipped with surveillance equipment, controlled access points, safety devices, and communication equipment.
- Video cameras on school buses are monitored on a regular basis.
- Schools have separate traffic areas for buses and cars and work cooperatively with law enforcement to ensure the safest road and parking arrangements are in place for drop-off and pick-up of students.
- Each school has a full-time school resource officer on site.
- Each school has a full-time nurse.
- The district uses a thorough application and training process and background check system for all volunteers.
- The district collaborates with local police and sheriffs' departments to identify effective response strategies for safety threats.
- Schools have safety committees to regularly review and improve procedures.
- All schools register the school address and receive notifications of sex offenders who reside within a designated distance of the school.
- The school board has adopted policies establishing the district's code of student conduct and discipline to achieve and maintain order in the schools.
- District employees are trained in basic safety practices.
- Professional development in emergency response strategies is provided for staff members.
- Adult and child first aid/CPR/AED training is provided to a number of staff at each school.
- Emergency response staff members attend professional development opportunities to keep abreast of best practices.
- Systems are in place for instant communication with the community and parent home phones/cell phones and email.
- Up-to-date records are maintained on student attendance and dismissal.
- Precautions are taken quickly to ensure student safety.
- Authorities are contacted immediately when an emergency occurs.
WLBG Radio Station - 860 AM
WYFF TV Channel 4 (NBC)
WSPA TV Channel 7 (CBS)
WLOS TV Channel 13 (ABC)
WHNS TV Channel 21 (FOX)
Text, email, or voice messages may also be transmitted to those who have set up contact information through the school office or viaPowerSchool Parent Portal
Because of the geographic location of the Laurens 55 school district, road conditions may be fine in some areas, while other areas are hazardous. Student safety will always be our number one priority in making a decision to close or delay opening schools.