Aiken County Public School District

Achieving Excellence

  • With engaged and capable teachers and staff, a shared vision to nurture and support students, and community partnerships that enhance the academic, career and extra-curricular opportunities for all, Aiken County Public School District is THE choice for public school education in the Central Savannah River Area.

May 26, 2020, Board of Education Meeting

  • Aiken County Public Schools is exploring various live streaming services to continue offering live streamed school board meetings to our parents, students and community. Tuesday’s meeting will be live streamed on our website, acpsd.net, and will be available on an outside website. Additional information is forthcoming regarding ways to view Tuesday’s meeting.

Announcements

  • 2020 DR. NANCY SMITH-MANN GRANT APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE - As a memorial to Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann, the Phi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma is sponsoring the annual teacher “Wish List” grant in her name. Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann was a pillar in the Aiken County educational system and was dedicated to improving opportunities for many. Dr. Nancy Smith-Mann encouraged educators to be creative and innovative in their teaching techniques. In her memory, please take the opportunity to describe your “Wish List” item and submit the simple grant application. The Phi Chapter will award a total of four (4) grants in the amount of $200 each. The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2020. Please click on the words "2020 Grant Application" to access the form, or visit the “Grants & Other Opportunities” page on acpsd.net (under I Am … An Employee).

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  • ONLINE STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR THE 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDERWAY - Aiken County Public Schools' online rolling student registration for all new and returning students is underway. Parents and guardians of new ACPS students, those who are applying to ACPS Pre-Kindergarten programs and incoming Kindergarten students should click on the words "New Student Registration" to be directed to the new ACPSD student registration page. 

    For parents and guardians of all returning ACPS students, the best way to register online is to click on the words "PowerSchool Parent Portal" to access the link to 2020-21 online registration, which will be located at the bottom left of the page. Simply click the “Returning Student Registration 2020-2021” link to get started.

    Parents who need to set up a Parent Portal account should reach out to their current school for information on how to access the parent portal account. Student Information Clerks will support parents and guardians. Parents and guardians may click on the words "school zone locator" to find their student's zoned school.

    We are looking forward to a terrific 2020-21 school year, and to welcoming back teachers, staff members and students to our respective campuses. Parents and guardians please take advantage of our online student registration as soon as possible.

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  • A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT KING LAURENCE REGARDING 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS - Aiken County Public Schools families, in considering alternative ways to celebrate the Class of 2020 during this pandemic, we surveyed our graduating seniors, their families, and friends for their input and ideas. We are certainly grateful that more than 2,000 individuals provided feedback and we appreciate the innovative and very thoughtful ideas shared.

    Many of you suggested an option of each high school hosting ceremonies in their own football stadiums with strict social distancing protocols in place, limited guests, and virtual streaming. In discussion with our high school principals, we believe that suggestion to be the best option to celebrate this year’s graduates while protecting their safety.

    Additional details on each high school’s individual ceremony are forthcoming, but we can share that all high schools will host their graduation in their own football stadiums on the previously designated dates of June 4th and 5th. All ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m.

    Please note that due to COVID-19, additional precautions will be implemented and strictly enforced. In an effort to ensure social distancing and meet the state department’s recommended guidelines, each graduate will receive two tickets and tickets will be required for admittance into the stadiums. All ceremonies will also be live-streamed and recorded.

    We look forward to honoring our seniors through these official ceremonies as we continue to explore additional opportunities to celebrate the Class of 2020.

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  • FINAL DISTANCE LEARNING PACKETS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AND PICKUP FRIDAY - The third and final distance learning packet will be ready for pickup or download this Friday, May 1st from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at your child’s school. For all students except our seniors, this packet will cover dates May 4 through May 22, and will be due Wednesday, May 27th.

    Specific instructions for drive-thru pickup this Friday will be communicated directly from your child’s school. 

    Please communicate with your child’s teacher or principal if your child is unable to complete and turn in the second packet at the time packet 3 is picked up on May 1st. Please know we will work with our families and students to accommodate your needs during this difficult and challenging time.

    For our seniors, this packet will cover May 1 through May 13 and will be due on or before May 15th. Seniors, be sure to adhere to this deadline set by the SC Department of Education as the day by which all senior courses are to be completed. Specific instructions for seniors to turn in work will be communicated by course instructors and individual schools. We are continuing to review the stakeholder input regarding graduation ceremonies and the celebration of our seniors. Our hope is to make an announcement to the public early next week on this topic.

    Parents should also make plans to pick up any medications remaining at school this Friday, May 1. Information regarding end-of-year processes for your student, such as locker cleanout and turning in textbooks and library books, will be communicated in a separate communication.

    We thank you so much for your continued patience and dedication to helping your children with their schoolwork during these challenging times.

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  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) EXAM INFORMATION AND RESOURCES - For the most up-to-date information and resources available for 2020 Advanced Placement (AP) exams please click on the words "2020 AP Exams" to be directed to the AP Exams Information and Support Page on our District website.

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  • ATLANTIC BROADBAND OFFERING 60-DAYS FREE INTERNET TO QUALIFYING FAMILIES - While Aiken County Public School's Distance Learning Packets are accessible virtually or through printed packets, we wanted to make students and families aware of a community partner offering no-cost internet for a limited period of time to qualifying families. If interested, see the below letter from Atlantic Broadband, offering internet to families in need for 60 days during this school closure. Please note that eligibility requirements include qualification for a public assistance program and that a paid service would automatically be billed following the 60 days if  not cancelled according to their specifications. Aiken County Public Schools is simply passing along this offer.

    Please click HERE to see Atlantic Broadband's Letter.

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  • GRAB-AND-GO MEAL UPDATE - In an effort to minimize the need for employees to physically report to work to provide Nutritional Services to students, Grab-and-Go meals will be distributed to students for pick-up at schools or delivery via bus route on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays meals will be one breakfast and one lunch. Tuesdays and Thursdays Grab-and-Go bags will contain two breakfasts and two lunches. Thank you for your understanding as we adjust our schedule to continue this vital service to our community while protecting the health and safety of our dedicated team of employees.

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  • DISTANCE LEARNING PACKETS - In an effort to ensure quality instruction continues through our distance learning format, we have printed packets for our students. The first set of Distance Learning Packets were distributed and available at schools on Thursday, March 19th. Parents/students have the option to download these packets online at www.acpsd.net through this Distance Learning Link. If parents/students choose to download packets at home, please make sure your child’s teacher(s) is notified. Teachers are keeping track to help ensure all students receive their necessary materials.

    Throughout this school closure, teachers will be available during set office hours of 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. via web conferencing or by phone to assist with questions regarding how to access or complete content. If you or your student has any questions during non-office hours, please do not hesitate to contact the school directly.

    Thank you for joining us in a commitment to ensure that students continue to receive quality instruction and support regardless of school closures. Additional information is forthcoming this week on packet submission and new packet distribution. 

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  • NOT GETTING ACPSD'S PHONE CALLS ? - Our calling system pulls information directly from PowerSchool, our student information system from student registration. If you are not getting phone calls, please first call the opt-out hotline at (855) 502-7867 from the phone you should be getting calls from. It is an automated system and will take less than two minutes to opt back in. Some families accidentally opt out. And, if you switched phone carriers, but kept the same number, a number of carriers automatically opt you out from receiving automated calls. If you are not able to opt back in by calling the number above, please contact the school to be sure that they have a working phone number for your family.

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  • ACPSD PHONE MESSAGES REPEATING? - Several parents/guardians have made us aware that our phone messages repeat after five seconds. The automated calling system is prompted to restart if a sound is made on the receiver's line (this allows for messaging to be delivered to answering machines). Parents/guardians experiencing this issue are encouraged to mute their phone when they receive an automated call from our District. This should eliminate background noise/sound and correct the issue.

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  • NOVEL CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION - Understanding that parents/guardians, teachers, and staff have concerns about the widely-publicized new or “novel” coronavirus, COVID-19, and how this new family of viruses could impact our community and public schools, our district administration wants to ensure you are made aware of preventative efforts and procedures in place related to this public health concern. Please visit our webpage devoted to sharing updates, prevention details and other information by clicking on the words "Coronavirus Prevention & Updates." 

    Stop The Spread of Germs DHEC flyer

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  • #WhyITeachACPSD CONTINUES - The #WhyITeachACPSD social media challenge, hosted by Affect the Culture, was such a great success and fun way to wrap up the 2018-19 school year that many educators are continuing the trend! We love seeing your reasons for teaching on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and encourage all Aiken County Public School Distirct employees to continue to post about what sparked their interest in teaching, using each school's unique hashtag.     

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District Headlines

ACPSD Newsmakers

  • 'We'll Get Through This'

    Aiken County's high school seniors reflect on a year without traditions.

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  • Bagged, Boxed, Delivered

    Since South Carolina schools closed in mid-March due to coronavirus, the district has bagged, boxed and delivered hundreds of thousands of grab-and-go meals to students across Aiken County.

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  • What's the Story?

    Prior to social distancing being enacted in South Carolina, a team of youth changemakers gathered at Aiken High School to learn elements of documentary filmmaking.

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Work With The Best

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Best Place To Work

  • Aiken's Choice Award

    Aiken County Public Schools is very proud to be Aiken's Choice for Best Place to Work! 

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Attributes of Premier Students

  • Attributes of Premier Students

    For a closer look at the Attributes of Premier students in Aiken County Public Schools, click on the words "Attributes of Premier Students," or simply look around your school as we're sharing these attributes in a big way and posters and banners are everywhere! 

Our Flags Today

  • Our flags fly at half-staff upon the death of principal figures as a mark of respect for their memory as ordered by the President and/or Governor. Click here for more information on our flag status today. In many instances, students are responsible for participating in or conducting flag-related exercises. While a great responsibility and honor for our students, we believe that it also helps build a sense of patriotism and civic pride.

E-Flyers Through Peachjar

  • Electronic Flyers On Your Mobile Device & In Your Inbox, Putting Student Activities At Your Fingertips!

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