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SCREADY, SCPASS Testing Dates Scheduled

NOTE: All testing will be conducted at the schools’ physical locations. Remote testing is not available. Students will be required to follow all established safety measures, including mask-wearing and social distancing.

The South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Assessment (SCREADY) program is a statewide assessment in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for students in grades 3-8. The South Carolina Palmetto Assessment of State Standards (SCPASS) is a statewide assessment in science that must be administered to students in grades 4 and 6.

All students are required to participate in SC READY and SCPASS at the applicable grades with exception of students who qualify to participate in Alternate Assessments.  

Virtual Program students in grades 3-8 will attend school IN PERSON to take the SCREADY test for English Language Arts on Thursday, April 29 and Friday, April 30, and SCREADY math test on Friday, May 7.

While Virtual Program students are in school facilities for SC READY testing, in-person school students in grades 3-8 grade will participate in eLearning on April 29, April 30, and May 7.  It is important that parents prepare now for childcare on these eLearning days. 

Virtual Program students in grades 4 & 6 will attend IN PERSON on Thursday, May 6 to take the SCPASS science test. Additionally, identified middle school students participating in the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) Algebra 1 course will attend IN PERSON on Wednesday, May 26 to take the exam. The Algebra 1 exam grade counts as 10% of the student’s final grade. Brick-and-mortar students in grades 3-8 will continue the in-person attendance plan (e.g., no eLearning) at school on May 6 and May 26.

GCS will offer bus transportation to 3rd-8th grade Virtual Program students on State testing days. Parents must complete the bus transportation survey in your Parent Backpack if students have no other transportation options available. If your child needs bus transportation, you must complete the bus survey in Parent Backpack by March 29, 2021. If you indicate bussing needs, the district transportation department will contact you with routing information prior to the first day of testing.

Once logging into Backpack, you will see the transportation survey on the Home Dashboard:

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  • View your student's attendance, classes, grades, lunch balances, and test scores
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  • Receive alerts and notifications regarding their students
  • View your student's school and contact information
  • Manage parent and contact information for their students

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GCS 2021-22 School Calendar

GCS Releases 2021-22 Calendar

  • Students will start school on Tues, August 17, 2021
  • The last day will be Friday, June 3, 2022
  • The last day of school before Winter Break will be Friday, December 17 and the first day back will be Monday, January 3
  • Spring Break is slated for March 21-25, 2022.

The day before Winter Break (December 17) and the last two days of school (June 2-3) will be half-days for students. Other holidays include Labor Day (September 6), Thanksgiving Break (November 24-26), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 17), Presidents’ Day (February 21), Memorial Day (May 30). In addition, students are out of school on four professional development/teacher workdays (October 18-19, January 14, and March 18). 

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Virtual School Administrator Contact Info

K5 Brittany Jackson
1st Julie Hathaway
2nd Amanda LeBlanc
3rd Heather Sherman
4th Julie Whetston-Carlson
5th Josh Rice
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