If you're a Rock Hill parent who has ever wondered what extra programs are available to help your student, it was probably tough to nail down what the public schools offer.
That's changed, school officials hope.
Rock Hill schools just released an "Academic Assistance Guide," which details an array of courses and assistance available for families. From after-school programs for elementary students to assistants for parents who speak limited English, the brochure catalogs who can sign up and whom to call.
For some students, programs such as summer school or credit recovery can mean the difference between graduating and failing. Often, families don't know help is offered, said associate superintendent Luanne Kokolis.
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"We realized we needed to communicate more proactively," Kokolis said. "We were getting comments (from parents) like, 'I didn't know that existed.'"
The guide is divided in three sections for elementary, middle and high school. Each section starts with a list of questions that a parent may have, such as, "My child passed a course but failed to receive credit due to too many absences. What help is available?"
The answer, listed below: "F.A Recovery," an evening program that lets students make up missed days.
The point was to make it "parent-friendly," Kokolis said, so "it didn't have a bunch of education jargon in it that made no sense."
District staffers have been working on the brochure since September. Parents can pick one up at the district's office on Anderson Road or at any Rock Hill school.
Parents also can visit the district's Web site -- www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us -- and click on the "Parents" link, then click "Academic Assistance Guide for Parents."