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2021-22 Virtual Program waitlist now open to GCS students


Greenville County students who wish to sign up for the 2021-22 Virtual Program, but neglected to do during the open enrollment periods in January and April, may add their names to the waitlist starting today.  Students on this list will be accepted into the program when and if space becomes available.  Waitlist applications will be accepted via BackPack through July 15; however the system will be down for updates on Mondays.  Until then, families can change their minds and switch back to brick and mortar by notifying the home school, without delay.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our ability to accept more students into the Virtual Program may be impacted by a proviso being considered by the SC General Assembly that would severely restrict funding if more than five-percent of students select that option. GCS will keep parents apprised of any new developments.

As a reminder, GCS has made several important changes to the Virtual Program for 2021-22. First, there will be an increased emphasis on attendance in live sessions. Students will be expected to participate in live sessions at scheduled times. Exceptions based on extenuating circumstances must be approved, in advance, by the virtual administrator.  Second, parents who wish for students to return to brick and mortar instruction will be allowed to make requests. They are encouraged to make an approved transition at the end of a nine-week grading period. Third, students in the Virtual Program will be scheduled based on grade level and academic record, not by school.  GCS cannot guarantee placement with other students or teachers from the home-based school.  (This is a significant change for high school students, who will not be scheduled with teachers from their high schools next year.)


La lista de espera del Programa Virtual 2021-22 ahora está abierta a los estudiantes de GCS

Los estudiantes del condado de Greenville que deseen inscribirse en el Programa Virtual 2021-22, pero no lo hicieron durante los períodos de inscripción abierta en enero y abril, pueden agregar sus nombres a la lista de espera a partir de hoy. Los estudiantes de esta lista serán aceptados en el programa cuando haya espacio disponible. Las solicitudes de lista de espera se aceptarán a través de Mochila hasta el 15 de julio; sin embargo, el sistema estará inactivo para recibir actualizaciones los lunes. Hasta entonces, las familias pueden cambiar de opinión y volver al ladrillo y al cemento notificando a la escuela de origen, sin demora.

NOTA IMPORTANTE: Nuestra capacidad para aceptar más estudiantes en el Programa Virtual puede verse afectada por una condición que está siendo considerada por la Asamblea General de SC que restringiría severamente los fondos si más del cinco por ciento de los estudiantes seleccionaran esa opción. GCS mantendrá a los padres informados de cualquier novedad.

Como recordatorio, GCS ha realizado varios cambios importantes en el Programa Virtual para 2021-22. Primero, habrá un mayor énfasis en la asistencia a las sesiones en vivo. Se espera que los estudiantes participen en sesiones en vivo en horarios programados. Las excepciones basadas en circunstancias atenuantes deben ser aprobadas previamente por el administrador virtual. En segundo lugar, los padres que deseen que los estudiantes vuelvan a la instrucción tradicional podrán realizar solicitudes. Se les anima a hacer una transición aprobada al final de un período de calificaciones de nueve semanas. En tercer lugar, los estudiantes del Programa Virtual se programarán según el nivel de grado y el expediente académico, no por escuela. GCS no puede garantizar la colocación con otros estudiantes o maestros de la escuela en el hogar. (Este es un cambio significativo para los estudiantes de secundaria, quienes no serán programados con maestros de sus escuelas secundarias el próximo año).


Saturday Culinary Pop-up Camps at Greenville Tech!

Registration for our year-round camp options. These one-day, four-hour culinary camps for current 9th through 12th graders continue the summer camp fun year round. Topics like “Parisian Pastries,” “Tacos, Tortillas, Tamales,” and “Cooking for Life Bootcamp” provide lifelong cooking skills, a chance to enjoy “made from scratch” dishes, and a glimpse into the culinary profession.


2021-22 School Calendars Announced

Greenville County Schools has released the 2021-22 student calendar. Students will start the new school year on Tuesday, August 20, 2021. The last day of school will be Friday, June 3, 2022. In accordance with state law, the calendar includes 180 scheduled instructional days and ten professional development/teacher workdays. Under existing state law, students may not start school prior to the third Monday in August.

Because Greenville County Schools is an approved eLearning district, the district is not required to build in makeup days for inclement weather. GCS will automatically operate on Attendance Plan 0 (eLearning) if school buildings are closed on a regular attendance day.


2021-22 FAFSA Form Available Online


High school students who plan to attend college between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022, should complete the 2021-22 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) as soon as possible. 

To assist students and parents in the process, the Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) has been sharing tips @FAFSA, and new blogs note “7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2021-22 FAFSA Form” and “8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA Form.”

Students and parents can complete the form online at FAFSA.gov on a desktop or mobile device, and, this year, enhanced help topics provide even more guidance through the form.  As a result of user feedback, many financial help topics feature images of the form with relevant line numbers visually highlighted.  Also, skip-logic functionality means applicants see only the questions that pertain to them. 

By the end of the year, the Department will launch an enhanced myStudentAid mobile app. The updated mobile app will have an entirely new look and feel, and additional features, including:

A new dashboard that will provide customers with a personalized “home page,” where they can get an overview of their aid, view upcoming loan payments, and access relevant content, resources, and checklists;
Aid summary that will allow users to view their detailed loan and grant aid information, aid overpayments, remaining Direct Loan and Pell Grant eligibility, and more; and
Important alerts and account updates within the app’s Notification Center.


BackPack for Parents

Parents are strongly encouraged to create a Backpack account for their children. Greenville County Schools uses Backpack to provide parents with the most recent news and information about our schools. The Backpack for Parents account also provides parents, guardians, or contacts with a central place to sign in to:
*View their student's information including demographics, attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
*Apply or register their student to Special Focus schools and programs (Fine Arts Center, Career Centers, etc.)
*Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
*View their student's school and contact information
*Manage parent and contact information for their students.