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Mill Village Farms' Fresh Food Box Share Program @ GEC

Mill Village Farms’ FoodShare Greenville is a fresh food box program in partnership with FoodShareSC that is working to make it easier for families in our community to enjoy fresh fruits & vegetables.

GEC families interested in a free box from Mill Village Farms' Fresh Food Box Share program, please complete the request form by December 9th, 2020. Boxes will be available for pickup Wednesday, December 16, 2020 from Greenville Early College 3:30- 6:00 PM.

Only one Fresh Food Box per family.


GEC Students to Return to 5 Day In Person

GEC students are returning to a 5 day in person school plan. Please note that because Greenville Early College is unique, this plan is different than the overall Greenville County School plan to return. Students will return 4 days in waves by grade level, with ALL students returning 5 days after Christmas break. If you have any questions, please call the front office at 864-355-7560.

               

 
 

 
 
 


GCS requests community’s help in reversing COVID spread

As COVID cases in Greenville County and the State of South Carolina continue to rise, Greenville County Schools is asking students, parents, and the greater community to help ensure the return to in-person school in the district is not derailed by rising numbers. GCS is asking all citizens to follow DHEC guidelines to help reverse the current increase:  wear a mask when in public, avoid large gatherings, frequently wash or sanitize hands and high-touch surfaces, stay home and away from others when sick, and seek medical advice when running a fever, developing a new or worsening cough, experiencing shortness of breath, or losing the sense of taste or smell.

Thanks to the cooperation of employees and students, who have complied with established COVID-19 protocols while at school, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 remains lower in our schools than in the community as a whole.  In fact, based on statistical analyses using DHEC community spread data and internal GCS reporting, the risk of getting COVID-19 for those who attend or work at a public school in Greenville County is about half the rate of the community as a whole.  Still, the Superintendent cautioned today that even if schools continue to be a less risky environment than the surrounding community, there is a point at which the district could be forced to return to 100% eLearning if the number of employees and substitutes available to work was insufficient for the proper supervision and instruction of students.

“In addition to normal employee absences, we are currently averaging over 150 vacancies each day as a result of isolation due to a positive COVID diagnosis (avg. 40) or quarantining due to direct exposure or possible symptoms (avg. 110),” said Superintendent Burke Royster. “By comparison, 29 employees were in isolation and 66 in quarantine on November 1.  We want to keep schools open for in-person instruction, move forward with our plan to return middle school students to full-time face-to-face, and increase high school in-person attendance, but we need the cooperation of the community.”

Teachers who quarantine or experience only mild COVID symptoms can teach remotely from home, but schools must still have a responsible adult in each classroom to provide supervision and ensure students stay on task.  With a significant number of substitutes who have refused all offered assignments this year, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill in for absent teachers.  Media specialists, school counselors, instructional coaches, and administrators are all being called on to help supervise classes, but at the expense of their usual duties and responsibilities. 

Earlier this week, principals were instructed to have teachers prepare eLearning lessons in case a spike in cases over the upcoming holidays required GCS to revert temporarily to 100% eLearning.  “We are not planning to go backwards on our Roadmap, nor do we wish to do so,” said Royster, “but it would be irresponsible of us not to prepare for that possibility, given the current trend.”

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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.