First Day of School, Meet and Greets, Sales Tax Free Holiday

Hampton County Public Schools to start August 3

Students, parents, teachers, get out there and enjoy that last little summer freedom as school starts early in Hampton County this year.

With the recent adoption of a modified school calendar, public school students in the Hampton County School District return to school on Wednesday, August 3. For teachers and staff, however, opening day is August 1.

HCSD Superintendent Dr Ronald Wilcox said principals and staff were busy preparing for the return of teachers and were looking forward to the first day for pupils.

“We are ready for the start of the new school year. This is the first year of the modified schedule and I can’t wait to see how parents and employees react to the changes. The breaks at the end of the nine-week periods are designed to give parents more vacation options, more time for dentist and doctor appointments without missing school, and time for teachers to recharge and prepare for the next nine weeks. helpers can receive corrective action during this free time.

Most public schools have also scheduled “meet and greets” for parents and students to meet their new educators, with the exception of Wade Hampton High School, which has already held its enrollment. Here is a program of these events:

  • Ben Hazel Primary School: Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Brunson Elementary School: Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Estill Elementary: Tuesday, July 26 (PreK, K, and 2nd) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, July 27 (Sped, 1st and 3rd) 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday July 28 (4 & 5) 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Estill College: Monday, August 1, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Estill High School: Monday August 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Fennell Elementary School: Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
  • Hampton Elementary School: Monday, August 1, 5-7 p.m.
  • North District Middle School: Monday, August 1, 5-7 p.m.
  • Varnville Elementary School: Monday, August 1, 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
South Carolina Sales Tax Free Weekend begins August 5th.

Upcoming tax-free weekend

The 2022 South Carolina sales tax holiday begins Friday, August 5.

Computers, clothing, school supplies, and a variety of other items can be purchased sales tax free during the South Carolina 72-hour annual sales tax holiday. The 2022 Tax Free Weekend takes place from Friday August 5th to Sunday August 7th.

The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) reminds shoppers that qualifying items may be purchased online and in-store without paying 6% state sales tax and any applicable local taxes during the weekend. end without South Carolina tax.

“With the cost of living rising, this year’s sales tax holiday is a welcome relief for families. Everyone is saving money during a tax-free holiday, especially on the essentials of back to school,” said SCDOR Director Hartley Powell.

Zero-rated items include computers, printers, school supplies, clothing and accessories, footwear, and certain bed and bath items. These zero-rated items may be new or used and are eligible regardless of price.

Items that are not zero-rated during the sales tax-exempt period include digital cameras, smartphones, jewelry, cosmetics, eyeglasses, wallets, watches, and furniture.

For a detailed list of tax-free items, shopping lists, and FAQs, visit

Last year, shoppers in South Carolina bought more than $24.5 million worth of zero-rated items during the sales tax holiday.

Information for retailers

All retailers who sell qualifying items participate in the sales tax exemption and cannot collect sales tax from their customers on qualifying purchases.

A retailer toolkit with charts, posts, and social media FAQs is available at

Sales of qualifying duty-free items during the sales tax holiday must be reported and deducted on the retailer’s August sales tax return (return due in September). Retailers can file and pay sales tax and manage all of their South Carolina tax accounts online using our free tax portal, MyDORWAY.

See Tax Ruling #19-4 for FAQs and Information Letter #22-10 for a list of exempt and non-exempt items.

Share the savings! Post your tax-free weekend deals, savings and photos using #SCtaxfree. Follow SCDOR on Facebook and Twitter for Tax Free Weekend updates, resources and reminders.

TCL will again offer a free class program this fall

Those looking to learn a new skill, improve their career options, or secure a brighter future, take note. The Lowcountry Technical College is again offering free tuition and fees for its fall 2022 semester.

First launched in November 2021, TCL’s free tuition program is made possible through a combination of federal, state, and private funding sources.

Who is eligible?

TCL’s free tuition program is available to South Carolina residents who wish to begin or continue their education, including:

  • Adults with some college
  • Adults without college
  • Recent high school graduates

All college-eligible students who enroll in a TCL academic program for six or more credit hours this fall are eligible for TCL’s free tuition program.

The program includes required fees but does not include required books or supplies and does not apply to dual enrollment and/or transient students.

How can I qualify?

To qualify for TCL’s free tuition program, students must complete a 2022-2023 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or FAFSA waiver (if applicable). Some types of aid require students to complete a signed supplemental affidavit.

About TCL

The Lowcountry Technical College is the region’s primary provider of higher education and workforce training. The two-year, multi-campus public community college serves approximately 5,000 students annually. TCL has campuses in Beaufort, Bluffton and Hampton and serves Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. For more information, visit

Allendale County Library will hold a book sale

The Allendale County Library will have its annual book sale on Saturday, August 6 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Paperbacks cost 10 cents and hardbacks 25 cents.

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