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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are your school's instructional hours?  

The instructional school day begins at 7:50AM and ends at 2:30PM.

When is the earliest I can drop my student off in the morning and when are they considered tardy?  

We have adult supervision available beginning at 7:15AM. The tardy bell rings at 7:50AM each school day. If your child is not in their classroom when the bell sounds, they will be sent to the front office for a tardy slip. After 7:50AM, we ask parents to come in the front office to sign in tardy students. 

What time is dismissal? 

We begin our dismissal procedures at 2:40PM. If your child has not been picked up by 3:10PM, we will contact the parent and/or emergency contacts to arrange pickup of the student. 

What are the office hours? 

The front office is open from 7:15AM - 4:00PM, Monday through Friday. Any changes to these hours will be posted on the front door.

How do I make a change to my child's normal dismissal transportation?

The PREFERRED method of notification is a handwritten signed & dated note to your child's teacher or a note in the student's agenda. You may also send a note via fax (803-476-3820) by noon. If it is a last minute emergency change, you may contact the front office for administrative approval to make the change. NO changes in transportation may be made via email or phone calls. Any changes in transportation MUST be received before 2:00 PM. Please include the child's name, teacher and grade level on all transportation notes.

What is the procedure to sign out my child early?  

Please come into the front office with your ID ready and we will have you sign out the student. No one will be allowed to sign out students after 2:10PM. Your child WILL NOT be called for early dismissal until you arrive at the school so they do not miss instructional time.

What are the early release days and what days will they occur this school year?

Our school district has early release days throughout the school year for elementary and intermediate students. Use this link to view this year's early release dates 2023- 2024 Early Release Days. On early release days, our 4K through 5th grade students are dismissed at 11:40am. Our 3K preschool students do not attend on early release days and our afterschool program, Wings for Kids does not operate.

How do I register a NEW student for your school?  

First you will need to verify that you are located in our attendance zone by clicking here. If you live in our attendance zone you will register online by visiting our Online Registration. Once you have completed your online registration, please contact our registrar to make an appointment to submit copies of birth certificate, immunization record and proofs of residence. If you have any questions about this process or do not have access to a computer, please contact our registrar at (803) 476-3800.

Where can I find a calendar of upcoming events and school holidays?  

Click here to view the HWES calendar by month and click here to view the district-wide school calendar.