WINNSBORO — Fairfield County School Board of Trustees recently delivered a unanimous vote to approve the superintendent’s recommendation to approve the guidelines for the Act 155 Diploma Petition Process.
Earlier this year the South Carolina General Assembly approved the law to remove the exit exam as a requirement for graduation beginning with the class of 2015. The elimination of the exit exam (BSAP, HSAP) requirement is retroactive to the graduating class of 1990.
Persons no longer enrolled in school who did not graduate solely because he/she did not meet the exit exam, BSAP/HSAP from 1990 to 2014, may petition the local school board to receive a high school diploma.
The elimination of the exit exam is retroactive to 1990. Those persons will have until Dec. 31, 2015 to petition the local school board.
Fairfield County School District staff recently developed petition approvals, which will be up for approval by the board of trustees. Once approved the procedures will be posted online. Copies of the petition form will be available online as well as hard copies at Fairfield Central High School and the district office.
District staff estimated it would take approximately six to eight weeks for approval.
The motion to approve the first reading of Board Policy and Administrative Rule JLCEE, Concussions and Student Athletes passed unanimously.
South Carolina legislature passed a law in July 2013 that requires schools districts to take certain actions and establish guidelines and procedures regarding the management of concussions sustained by student-athletes.
The law specifies that each year prior to participation in athletics, each school district shall provide all coaches, student-athletes and parents with an information sheet detailing concussions.
If a coach, athletic trainer or official suspects a student-athlete has sustained a concussion the student-athlete will be removed from practice or the competition.
A student-athlete who has been removed from play, is allowed to return to play only if an athletic trainer or physician determines there are no signs or symptoms of a concussion or brain injury.
Any student-athlete who has been removed from play and is suspected of having a concussion or brain injury will not be allowed to return to play until the student-athlete receives medical clearance by a physician.
According to the Fairfield County School District policy, the district will utilize guidelines and procedures developed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the South Carolina Department of Education as well as other pertinent information to develop and implement a comprehensive and practical concussion management plan for identifying and managing sports-related concussions.
The district will utilize the plan to inform and educate coaches, student-athletes and their parents or legal guardians of the nature and risk of concussions, including the dangers associated continuing to play after a concussion.
Fairfield County District is in partnership with Richland 2 and Lee County school districts to develop the STEMulating! project as part of a Math & Science Partnership Grant awarded by the South Carolina Department of Education.
The purpose of the three-year grant is to strengthen the content knowledge and teaching skills of teachers in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
As a participant in the grant, newly hired and returning math and science teachers in grades 6-12 received a one time incentive pay in the amount of $225 for the 2014-2015 school year. The monetary incentive is intended to help increase the retention rate of math and science teachers in the district. There were a total of 34 teachers who received the teacher incentive pay.