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Staggered start for five-year-old kindergarten

Monday, July 18, 2022

5K Staggered StartThe first week of school will look a little different for Kershaw County School District five-year-old kindergartners this year.

Under Proviso 1A.69, Kershaw County School District is implementing an innovative approach to helping students adjust to difficult transition years with a 2022-2023 school calendar that provides a staggered start for five-year-old kindergarten students. 

This staggered start schedule for the first week of school will allow students to experience a smoother transition and allow staff members time to build strong relationships with students and parents in support of continued academic and social emotional growth.

These adjustments will help new students to elementary school reduce anxiety, build community, and start their formal education in Kershaw County School District in a smaller educational setting with more individualized attention. This time will allow teachers an opportunity to get to know students better and understand their personal strengths and needs through individual assessments, such as the state-mandated Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA).

All KCSD five-year-old kindergarten students will participate in a staggered entry process for the 2022-2023 school year and will attend school using the following schedule:

  • August 1 and 2: Last names beginning with A–L attend school
  • August 3 and 4: Last names beginning with M–Z attend school
  • August 5:  Make-up day for students still needing to be assessed.
  • August 8: All Kindergarten students attend school.

All 5K students will fully begin the school year and attend school daily starting Monday, August 8, 2022.

Please note: This staggered start schedule does not apply to students in four-year-old kindergarten, or in preschool special education programs at the following locations: Doby’s Mill Elementary, North Central Elementary, Pine Tree Hill Elementary and Wateree Elementary. These students will begin school on August 1 and attend for the entire week.

Becky Bean
(803) 432-8416