Schools open in a week – Are you ready?

Schools open in a week – Are you ready?
August 13 16:27 2018 Print This Article

Outfitting a child to go back to school will cost an average of about $650 this year.  Parents spend money on clothes, backpacks, shoes, haircuts, and school supplies. The one-time expense is second only to Christmas.

Parents not only have to absorb the expense of going back to school but endure the time-consuming shopping to get everything on the school supply list. Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary in West Ashley offers parents a time-saving service.  The school has partnered with schooltoolbox.com.  The parent types in the gender and grade level of the child, and the website mails the school supplies in one box.  With a few clicks, school supply shopping is done.  One parent started using this service after visiting four stores seeking a yellow, plastic folder with brads.  She ended up buying a paper folder and retuning later for a plastic one once stores had restocked.

Another expense parents have is school fees.  School fees can be as high as $100 per child and vary according to school.  Depending on the grade level of the child, these fees include art supplies, locker fees, and science lab materials.  Needless to say, attending a free public school can be expensive!

Charleston County School District (CCSD) has information on their website about registration, the academic calendar, student code of conduct, bus information, nutrition, and vaccinations.

CCSD also has a hotline for parents who have questions.  The hotline is set to open Wednesday, August 15, 2018, and will be available through Tuesday, August 21, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excludes Saturday, August 18, 2018 and Sunday, August 19, 2018). Parents, students, and community members are encouraged to call (843) 937-6366 with questions related to topics such as registration, transportation, and school start times.