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Lexington County School District One • Issue 116 • October 23, 2020


River Bluff High School earns prestigious EL Education Credential

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RBHS staff “circles up” to celebrate earning the EL Education Credential. Circling up is a key aspect of EL Education as it promotes collaboration and inclusivity.

River Bluff High School received the EL Education Credential for excellence in character development and academic achievement. EL Education announced the news and honored RBHS at its first-ever Virtual Summit on Oct. 22. RBHS joined the EL Education network in 2013.


RBHS is one of only two schools in America to receive the credential in 2020. They join a cohort of 42 EL Education-credentialed schools nationwide, including Meadow Glen Middle School, which earned the credential in 2018.

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Flu vaccine clinics offered at some schools

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Lexington County School District One partnered with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to offer flu vaccinations to our students.


Over the next few weeks, DHEC will be at some of our schools administering the flu vaccines. Clinics are for students only.


Forts Pond Elementary School

Tuesday, Oct. 27

3:00–6:00 p.m.

(Available to all FPES, Pelion Elementary, Pelion Middle and Pelion High students)


Gilbert Elementary School

Wednesday, Nov. 4

3:00–6:00 p.m.

(Available to all GES, Centerville Elementary, Gilbert Middle and Gilbert High students)


River Bluff High School

Saturday, Nov. 7

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(Available to all RBHS, Midway Elementary, Meadow Glen Elementary, Meadow Glen Middle and New Providence Elementary students)


Lexington High School

Saturday, Nov. 14

9:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

(Available to all LHS, Lake Murray Elementary, Pleasant Hill Elementary, Pleasant Hill Middle, Rocky Creek Elementary and Beechwood Middle students)


You can complete the consent form before you arrive or one will be provided to you at the flu clinic. You can find that consent form here in English or here in Spanish

District honors 20-year Board Member

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Lexington District One Board of Trustees honored board chair Cynthia “Cindy” S. Smith who decide to retire following 20 consecutive years of devoted service to the district.


She became involved in Lexington District One while serving as president of the Lexington Elementary School PTA. After serving in the PTA and her children’s School Improvement Council, she decided to run for the Board of Trustees in 2000 and was elected.


Smith served as secretary, vice chair and chair throughout her 20 years of service.


As one of the fastest-growing school districts in the state, ranking sixth in total enrollment, Smith is proud of the excellent academic reputation the district established.


During her tenure on the board, the district experienced rapid growth, and drew accolades and national recognition for high academic improvement and innovative programs.


An active community member, Smith chaired the South Carolina Insurance Trust Board of Directors, the Lexington District One Educational Foundation, the South Carolina School Boards Association and the Lexington Woman’s Club and served on the Executive Board of the Friends of the Lexington County Library and the Board of Directors for the South Carolina School Improvement Council.

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No-cost meals offered through June

All Lexington County School District One students can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost for the remainder of the 2020–2021 school year. The United States Department of Agriculture recently extended the funding for the food program for the students.


All elementary students can enjoy a no-cost breakfast and lunch at school Monday through Thursday. They can also take home a breakfast and a lunch for Friday (e-learning day). To order the Friday meals, parents must complete their school’s form each week.

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Get the latest information


Make sure you visit our “Stronger Together” webpage.

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Upcoming events

November 3

Election Day

No School for Students and Staff

November 12

Report Cards Issued

November 25–27

Thanksgiving Break

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Please note that due to the public health emergency brought by COVID-19 and the continuing uncertainty regarding the virus’s impact upon district and school operations for the 2020–2021 school year, it may be necessary for the district to alter, amend or otherwise modify the information contained in this document throughout the year. 

The district reserves the right to make any necessary changes to the contents of this document, consistent with amendments or revisions to policy or administrative rules, which may be required or occur as a result of changes brought about because of COVID-19. The district will also make reasonable efforts to inform you in a timely manner of any material changes made to any calendar, plan, policy or protocol listed in this document.

Lexington County School District One is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all students, parents/legal guardians, staff, visitors, personnel and community members who participate or seek to participate in its programs or activities. Click here for more information.

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