An important change in how we count absences

October 20, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians of Elementary Students:

When the second nine weeks begins on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, in Lexington County School District One, you will see a change in the way your child’s PowerSchool information shows whether your child is counted absent or present each day.

As you remember, the district considers students present only when they are actually at school, on homebound instruction or attending an activity authorized by the school such as field studies, athletic contests, music festivals, student conventions, etc. If absent, a student must present a written excuse signed by a parent/guardian, physician or other appropriate person within three days after returning to school, and the excuse must include the date the excuse is written, date of the absence, reason for the absence, telephone number where the parent/guardian may be reached and the required signature. If a student fails to provide a proper excuse, the excuse may be recorded as unexcused.

That part remains unchanged.

What does change is that when the second nine weeks begins on Tuesday, a student who misses 50 percent of his/her instructional day for any reason, whether the missed time is excused or unexcused, will be marked absent.

For instance, if a child’s school begins the instructional day at 7:40 a.m. and ends the instructional day at 2:25 p.m., he/she normally attends school for six hours and 45 minutes (405 minutes total). In order for that child to be counted present, he/she would need to attend school for at least three hours and 23 minutes (203 minutes).

This change comes about because of a change in a federal law that governs the United States K–12 public education policy, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In that law, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights changed the definition of “absent.” Their new definition uses the minutes in a school day formula.

We believe that attendance is a key factor in student achievement and that any absence from school represents an educational loss. We recognize that some absences are unavoidable. We also know that during this first “change” year, this could be a little confusing. So, if you have any questions about this new definition of absent, feel free to call the district’s Central Services Office 803-821-1029 or email Matt McCormack at


Jeff Caldwell
Chief Student Services Officer
Lexington County School District One


LRADAC and NPE School Counseling Department challenges ALL NPE STUDENTS to host a Red Ribbon Week themed art contest! This contest is for ALL students (K-5th grades)

The theme is: “The key for me to stay drug free is _______________________.”

We will pick a winner from each grade level.  We want to display the art to decorate our school for Red Ribbon Week. Please turn in your artwork to your teachers by Monday, October 23rd.  Make sure your name and teacher’s name is on your artwork.

2017-2018 Yearbooks


Yearbooks are now on sale! Order forms were sent home this week. Yearbooks can also be ordered easily online at and use the yearbook ID code: 12308318. The cost is $25.00 until December 21st and then the price will increase to $30.00. See order form for additionally packages  that are available as well . Thank you for supporting our school!

2017-2018 Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Kelly Herring2nd Grade teacher, who was chosen as New Providence’s Teacher of the Year.

We also want to congratulate Mrs. Allison Blewett, Mrs. Kelly Ingram, Mrs. Erica Millwood and Mrs. Emilie Burwick who were our other TOY finalists.

Fall Festival

New Providence Elementary
2017 Fall Festival
Friday, October 27th 5pm-8pm

Join us for a night of FUN FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY at our school-wide event! Wristbands are on sale NOW! Return the attached form to your child’s teacher to pre-order your family’s wristbands (needed for ages 5 and up) by Friday, October 20th.Return money and order form to your oldest child’s teacher by this date. Pre-paid wristbands will not come home with your student –you will pick them up at the door the night of the event.  Additional information can also be seen on the attached form.

FF Order Form 2017

Brain-Based Learning

Hi Parents,

Some of you have asked about brain-based learning at New Providence Elementary School and what all of this actually means.  Maybe you’ve heard your child talk about it at home.  A majority of the funds raised through Boosterthon this year will go towards the purchase of more brain-based materials for our classrooms.  I hope you will take the time to read the attached document explaining brain-based learning at New Providence Elementary School.

Thank you,
Debbie Poole

Click here for Brain-Based Learning Letter