Okatie Elementary set to welcome students following air-quality test

  Savannah-Chatham County officials say teacher retention rate is where it should be

  School bus camera tickets on the rise in Effingham County

  ‘Operation Move-In’ underway for thousands of Georgia Southern students

  School officials monitoring status of trash pile close to Okatie Elementary

  Beaufort Co. teachers preparing for students; new info on countywide bond referendum

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  Beaufort Co. School District using app to help meet student needs

SCCPSS superintendent gives update on start of school year

  SCCPSS board member asks for second look at summer assignment load

  Beaufort County teachers prepared to kick off school year Monday

  SCCPSS Board gets update on cost savings, nutrition program

SCCPSS considers fresh produce vendors for school lunches

  New Hilton Head Island teachers tour the community

If you’re new to an area, one of the best ways to get to know your surroundings is to take a tour. That’s what new teachers on Hilton Head Island did Tuesday.

  Jasper County puts new security measures in place for school year

The county is beefing up security. Not only are they adding security guards to the front entrances; they’re also making sure every inch of every school is monitored.

  Evans Co. residents to address board regarding school superintendent

Some parents and community supporters in Evans County have an issue with the school superintendent.

  Ogeechee Tech anticipates enrollment increase as fall semester begins

School leaders at Ogeechee Tech are anticipating another enrollment increase. This would be the seventh straight term for numbers to go up as plenty of other schools watch theirs fluctuate.

  New Statesboro to Savannah shuttle service begins for Georgia Southern staff, students

Georgia Southern preparing to welcome students this week

Senate panel to debate changes to SC education overhaul bill

  GSP warns drivers to pay close attention to school buses

  Candler County schools get new security system

  Richmond Hill school officials addressing crosswalk safety

Beaufort County School District to hold annual Back-to-School Expo

The Beaufort County School District’s annual Back-to-School Expo is happening this weekend.

Students in Wayne, Glynn counties start the new school year

The 2019-20 school year will start for students on Thursday, Aug. 8 at all schools in the Wayne County and Glynn County School Systems.

  Road work in Wayne Co. could delay students on first day of school

The school system says Bay Acres Road leading to Wayne County High School and Martha Puckett Middle School is closed due to construction.

Teachers gearing up for new school year and another year of advocating for reform

About one hundred educators from across the state were in Columbia Wednesday.

  Montgomery County students start first full year in new building

The previous campus opened in 1967, with additions and remodels over the years, but it couldn’t keep up with the technology of teaching.

3 new principals selected in Beaufort County already worked within district

Beaufort County was able to fill all three of their principal vacancies just two weeks before schools start.

  Students start the new school year in Effingham County

Wednesday is the first day of school for students in Effingham County.

  Effingham County ready to handle extra traffic for upcoming school year

Students in Effingham County are getting ready for their first day of school Wednesday.

  Beaufort County Board of Education approves 3 new principals

The Beaufort County Board of Education has selected three new principals for the school district. They are all familiar faces.

  Operation Backpack helping 1,250 Lowcountry students

As Lowcountry students prepare to return to the classroom, a group of volunteers is making sure they have what they need to be successful.

  Georgia Southern, Ogeechee Tech sign student transition agreements

The schools want to help students in three fields initially get the education and degree they need for their career, and in the stages they want to do it.

Pooler PD cracks down on school zone speeders

The Pooler Police Department says now that school is back in session, they're keeping a close eye on drivers in school zones.

Bullet resistant backpacks add extra layer of protection for school bound children

The harsh reality of mass shootings in public areas, including schools, has some parents thinking about safety precautions for their children, which includes buying bullet resistant backpacks.

Savannah Police taking part in National Night Out events Tuesday

Savannah Police are gearing up for this year’s National Night Out events - set for Tuesday, Aug. 6.

  Chatham County students have successful first day back to school

New to the district, West Chatham Middle School Principal Ronnie Banyard Jr. says it was all-hands-on-deck to ensure the first day went smoothly.

Savannah Arts Academy holds senior parade to kick off first day of school

For some students and parents, Monday marked the start to the countdown to graduation.

Liberty County students return back to their classrooms

Approximately 10,000 students arrived for classes across the 15 campuses.

7 area school districts start back on Monday

Several area counties are returning to school Monday to start the new school year, including Savannah-Chatham County Schools.

  SCCPSS leaders talk bus transportation, driver numbers ahead of first day of school

The Savannah-Chatham County Public School System is entering its third year of assuming total control of the District's transportation since parting ways with a private company.

2019 Sales Tax Holiday starts today in S.C.

South Carolina’s tax-free weekend is set for the first weekend in August. So far, there has been no tax-free weekend scheduled in Georgia.

Colleton County School District budget increasing taxes for residents

Colleton County is raising taxes to help the school district balance its budget, but some residents say that doesn’t do enough to help teachers.

  SCCPSS bus driver recognized for 33 years of service

When Florence Praylo opened up her door for the first bus ride of the year, she was in for a big surprise.

  SCCPSS tests buses ahead of first day of school

School leaders want other drivers on the road to be careful and look out for the little ones.

  Bulloch County schools have successful first day back

Thursday marked the first day back to school for more than 10,000 public school students in Bulloch County.

  Bryan County school officials happy with first day of school

As thousands of students made their transition from summer break back to class, school officials and law enforcement in Bryan County were out making sure the day went smoothly.

SCCPSS offers students, parents opportunity to test bus route

School starts on Monday, August 5 for Savannah-Chatham County Public School students and Thursday is a chance for parents and students to get on the bus for a test run.

  Hampton County school districts poised to merge

Hampton County has two different school districts with just over 3,000 students between them, and as the deadline approaches, both districts are on track to become one.

Evans County teacher hire raises concerns in the community

The educator in question is married to the superintendent. One citizen WTOC spoke to says the short-lived promotion raised several red flags for him and others.

Peach State Health Plan donating school supplies during Coastal Empire tour

The Peach State Health Plan is coming to the Coastal Empire to help provide resources for children and their families who are living below the poverty line.

  WTOC Investigates: How the 2020 Census will affect public schools

Tens of thousands of local students are enrolled in public schools, schools that can’t survive without public funding. The U.S. Census plays a large role in that.

  Bulloch County Schools implementing ‘Checkmate System’

Parents who wish to go beyond the lobby of their student’s school will have to show a driver’s license or some type of state or federal identification.

SC father working to educate others about Responsible Father Registry

Christopher Emanuel and his five-year-old daughter Skyler are inseparable.

  Group of Bulloch Co. senior citizens requesting to be exempt from school taxes

A group of seniors in Bulloch County says senior adults should get a break from paying school taxes.

  School district still searching for new Hilton Head Island High School principal

School starts in Beaufort County in just three weeks, and Hilton Head Island High School will be starting without a principal.

  Richmond Hill High School holds classroom decorating contest

Teachers at Richmond Hill High School got creative Monday with a classroom decorating contest.

  SCCPSS cafeteria employees return to school, prepare for new year with new prices

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System students will head back to class next Monday, Aug. 5. But this Monday, those who work in the school cafeterias are returning to work.

  Savannah NAACP holds meeting to discuss future of Savannah State University

The Savannah branch of the NAACP held a mass meeting on Sunday afternoon with the chairman of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia to discuss the future of Savannah State University.

  Chatham Co. law enforcement warns against labeling children’s names on backpacks

Monogramming names on backpacks may be trendy, but law enforcement is asking parents to think twice before letting their child go to school with them.

  Anti-bullying rally to be held at Mill Creek Park in Statesboro

A new school year gives some parents concerns about children being victims of bullying..

Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care, Savannah PD partnering for back to school event

Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Care and the Savannah Police Department are partnering to host a back to school event on Saturday, July 27.

  SCCPSS back to school event this Saturday at the Savannah Mall

Students in Chatham County can get all the information they need to go back to school this weekend.

  Georgia state leaders make moves to change education standards

Georgia parents who had to re-learn how to do math to help their kids under Common Core standards may have to learn a new system. This week, Georgia education leaders started the process of repealing and replacing the state’s K-12 education standards.

  SCCPSS holds media day to discuss new school year

As you know WTOC, has been bringing you back to school stories, and Thursday, we had another opportunity to ask some great questions.

  Wayne County School System beefs up security measures for upcoming year

When students return, they should be looking forward to more school security to ensure kids are safer this year.

  School supplies available at Richmond Hill Community Day Out

Bryan County families can come to the Waterfront Church in Richmond Hill and pick up backpacks full of school supplies for their kids.

  Georgia Southern University implementing shuttle buses for students

Next month, you could start seeing shuttle buses taking Georgia Southern students between Statesboro and Savannah.

  Matthew Reardon Center to open new preschool

The CDC says in 2018, one in 59 children were diagnosed with autism - some of them receiving that diagnosis as young as two-years-old.

  New courses provide more options to Toombs County students

Superintendent Barry Waller says they’re enhancing some of the courses students can take, which will ultimately prepare them for careers after graduation as well as get them advanced in a technical school field.

  WTOC Investigates: School bus inspections in Georgia

How do school systems make sure each bus gets a passing grade? It all comes down to inspections. Many inspections.

SCCPSS announces policy for free, reduced-price meals

The district says each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

  Wayne County School District seeks bus drivers

There is a nationwide shortage of bus drivers, and school counties are asking for help. It’s a problem the Wayne County School District is trying to fix before its time for the children to return to the classroom.

  UofSC Board of Trustees votes to hire Caslen as 29th president

University of South Carolina trustees voted Friday afternoon to hire retired Army General and West Point Superintendent Robert Caslen as its new president.

Free school supplies for Ga. teachers available Thursday in Savannah

Teachers can pick up free supplies for their classrooms Thursday at the Savannah Convention Center.

Second Harvest’s Summer Feeding Program close to wrapping up in Chatham County

America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is continuing to feed area children this summer. However, some of the meal sites will be closing this week.

Back to school giveaway held at Lake Mayer

Children and parents flocked to Lake Mayer on Sunday afternoon to participate in the fourth annual back to school event.

  Saint Leo University hosts back to school event for students

Saint Leo University partnered with several local organizations on Saturday for a “Fresh Start” back to school event.

  Safety top priority for Effingham County Schools this year

One of those safety measures includes security vestibules in every school in the county - which is an enclosure used to isolate any threat.

  Effingham County School District employees to see salary increase in the upcoming year

The school board gave the green light on a four percent salary increase for non-certified employees.