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It is important for teachers and parents to communicate on a regular basis and to discuss progress, strategies and challenges each step of the way during a semester and school year. TSA uses Edline, an online educational program, to help facilitate that communication. Parents and students are given academic progress updates by the teachers in a timely fashion, avoiding “surprises” when interims and report cards are issued.
Information regarding closing of school due to inclement weather or other conditions will be broadcast on the following radio and television stations:
WIS TV – NBC WLTX - CBS
WMHK FM 89.7 WICI FM 94.7
WNOK FM 104.7
Information will also be posted on Edline and recorded on the school’s phone system if accessibility is possible.
Thomas Sumter Academy offers an outsourcing lunch program from local restaurants for our students. Order forms are distributed through homerooms every two weeks, can be picked up in the front office or printed off of Edline. Some of our vendors include Lilfreds, Chick-Fil-A, Sambinos, and Sonic. We also offer hot side items and salads weekly.
TSA Bus Program
Bus transportation to and from school is provided from central locations in Sumter, Richland and Kershaw counties. All buses are driven by licensed adults. Parents interested in one-way transportation on a regular basis will be accommodated at half fare. Information on specific pick-up locations and application forms are available in the school office.
Thomas Sumter Academy has a safe and efficient carpool system. Morning Drop-Off begins at 7:45 a.m. Early drop-off is available beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the Lower School library for an additional fee.
Lower School Afternoon Dismissal
Families who will be picking up children in grades Pre-First Three – 5th Grade at 2:45 p.m., are asked to complete a carpool application. A number is assigned to each family, which is to be displayed in the window or driver’s side of the windshield each afternoon. Cars form two lines in the front parking lot. At 2:45 p.m., numbers are called using a walkie-talkie system, and students are escorted and loaded into their car at the side entrance of the lower school building. Parents are asked not to come inside to pick up children from the carpool rooms or the front entrance.
Students who ride the bus or carpool with Middle School or Upper School siblings or attend daycare facilities off campus, are escorted to their designated locations in the back of the school and are supervised until they are loaded or picked up by an authorized individual. Students not picked up by 3:15 p.m. are taken to Late-Pickup and charges are incurred accordingly.
Parents are asked to please send a note to their child’s teacher if the student is going home in a way other than their normal routine. Students will not be allowed to go to an alternate dismissal area unless the school or teacher has been properly notified by the parent.
Driving on Campus
Driving and parking on the TSA campus must be safe for all. Therefore, the speed limit on the TSA campus is 10 mph. Students and parents must drive with extreme caution at all times. Additionally, students who drive and park on campus must register each vehicle used and brought on campus. Registration materials are available in the front office and in the Upper School office. A student must go to the front office in the Main Building and sign out to go to their car during the regular school day. The student must return to the front office and sign in before returning to class or to any other activity on campus. Reckless driving on campus can result in loss of driving and parking privileges for the entire school year.
In addition to the Pre-First Programs, Thomas Sumter Academy provides a State-certified daycare program beginning with Pre-First Threes. The daycare program begins at 11:00 a.m. for the Pre-First Threes and at 2:45 p.m. for the Pre-First Fours – 5th Grade. A full-day program is provided on certain school holidays and during vacation times.