South Carolina Schools

Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2007 - 8:06am
meadow's picture
Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone,

My husband just landed a job in Greenville, South Carolina. I was wondering if anyone had anything to share on the schools in this area or the state in general.

Right now we are in Ohio in a tiny private school that has done anything and everything we've asked without questions. I know it won't be that way at our daughter's next school. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much!

Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2007 - 8:19am
SkyMom's picture
Joined: 10/27/2001 - 09:00

Here is a link to a support group in Charlotte. Hope that helps.

Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2007 - 10:38am
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

Congrats on the job. SC is beautiful. I love it here.
Charlotte is about 2 hours from greenville so that may not be a good option for you.
I live in Fort Mill, just over the border of Charlotte.
I am also from Ohio.(piqua) (go Bucks, idiots who lost)
Anyway, I think we may have talked before.
Good news. My school district and clover district (its kinda between Fort Mill and Greenville) are peanut safe, meaning no peanuts in the cafeteria. I went thru the state department here to get my business taken care of so you shouldn't have any trouble if they do not have any good policies now.
Bad news, horrible school system for state in general. My SD being right outside Charlotte has excellent schools. However the rest of the state is among the lowest in the country. Greenville is a big growing city so its schools may not be too bad, just answering the state as a whole question.
If you move here and need help it would be my honor and pleasure to come to your district and put the smack down on anyone for you.
Maybe the same state education attorney would remember me....aahhh good times, good times...

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2007 - 11:39am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I believe that all Greenville SC schools are peanut free. Check out this link. I have been researching schools that ban peanut butter so that I can try and get it done for my sons school.
Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 11/15/2007 - 6:46am
meadow's picture
Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

Thank you so so much for the advice. We have a lot of options now. I'm so thrilled for my daughter.
I love the private school we're at now and am thrilled to know she'll be able to attend another school and be equally as safe.
You are all awesome!!!
Keep safe.

Posted on: Sun, 11/18/2007 - 4:17am
meadow's picture
Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

I just thought I'd share what I found out about Greenville, SC public schools. The cafeteria does not serve peanut products of any kind, but students are allowed to bring it for lunch. They do not have peanut-free tables, but instead sit children eating pb sandwiches at the opposite end of a table from pa children.
They do not have any children who carry epi-pens on their persons. I asked about doctor's orders being enough and was told the nurse would have to check with her supervisor. I have yet to hear back. This concerns me a lot because dd has carried her meds on her person since kindergarten and we've never had an incident.
The district also has no children on a 504 for PA. I told them dd has one and again was told she would have to talk to the person in charge of 504 plans.
I'm feeling a little uneasy about the epi-pen policy at this district. I spoke with four nurses at four different schools. Three were very helpful. One was rude and suggested a nut-free private school. I think with enough advance planning, a safe environment can be found for our daughter - just not at the rude nurse's school. It's not the worst situation, but I'm spoiled by dd's current school.
Have a great day!

Posted on: Sun, 11/18/2007 - 8:39am
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

Our school has the same lunch policy and we are in the same state. My nurse was telling me about new state wide policies so you should be good.
I am also pretty certain they will allow you to have your daughter carry it. My son carries his in a red medical bag everywhere he goes but a teacher is responsible for it. Our school has been pushing for my son to carry his just on himself without school responsibility since I stated him there 3 years ago. He has not always carried his and I wanted the teacher in charge responsible for making sure he has it. Next year(5th grade) we are going to have him carry it himself.
We also have a 504. Being in the same state, the same policies should apply for you as they apply for me so you should be fine.

Posted on: Mon, 11/19/2007 - 11:41pm
Shuleran's picture
Joined: 07/25/2004 - 09:00

Hello all,
We are also in South Carolina--Berkeley county (next door to Charleston.) We have a similiar school plan in place. The cafeteria does not serve peanut products. My PA daughter only eats food that I send, eats on a placemat, sits by the teacher and if children bring peanut products they sit at the end of the table about 25 seats away. My daughter wears her epi-pen in an
epi-carrier and has for 3 years since her last contact reaction.
This has worked well for us and my daughter is highly allergic.
Just a note about the state's education standards. I have been on the SC School Improvement Council for 4 years so I feel qualified to address this. We do have very low scores as compared to the nation as a whole; however, our standard expectations that are set are among the highest in the country. Many of the states that are ranking at the top are using a lower set of standard guidelines. In the next few years we will continue to be at the bottom of the rankings because many of the new stringent improvement standards are impossible to meet. I have three children in the public school system. Two are gifted and talented identified and one is learning disabled. We have experienced all that the public system has to offer. My gifted children are learning more and functioning on a higher level than several friends' children in private school. My LD child is receiving special education services that the private schools cannot afford to offer. If you stay involved with the school and the improvement committees I think that you will find that the public school system is not as poor as it is perceived.

Posted on: Tue, 11/20/2007 - 12:46am
qdebbie1's picture
Joined: 02/10/2005 - 09:00

Good point, I have heard that as well, that our standards are higher than many states.
Its hard to compare apples to oranges.
I wonder if this is a state wide allergy poplicy with it being the same in my district, charleston, and greenville....hmmm.
I am going to ask my nurse and see if she tells me.

Posted on: Thu, 12/06/2007 - 5:08am
meadow's picture
Joined: 10/21/2003 - 09:00

Hi everyone,
I just thought I'd share my findings. After calling numerous schools in Greenville, it seems the two schools listed do not serve or allow it in the building: Sara Collins Elementary School and Brushy Creek Elementary School.
Hope this helps someone :-)
Keep safe!

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