Policies & Procedures
Hours and Availability
The SJM Learning Commons is open each day from 7:45 am until 3:45 pm. If a student needs to stay beyond 3:45 pm, they should bring a parent note to the library first thing in the morning, requesting permission to stay and stating a time they will be picked up. Notes should also include a phone number at which the driver can be reached in the event the learning commons is being used by another group that afternoon. Due to the various schedules involved in coordinating extended hours, please do NOT wait until the day before a major project is due to request permission to stay that afternoon.
ELA teachers are scheduled to bring each of their classes every two weeks for book circulation. Teachers are allowed to bring their entire class or send groups of students for book check-out or return.
The learning commons may be temporarily closed for MAP testing, state testing, special academic events, and/or cooperative classes.
SJM media specialist, Mary Beth Bennett, is happy to assist students and parents with research questions, book suggestions, read-a-likes, and basic technology questions. She can be reached via email at MBennett001(at)horrycountyschools(dot)net.
Overdue books, fines, and communication
When students check out a book, a paper on the last page of the book is marked with the date on which the book should be returned to the learning commons. Students are also informed of this date verbally. This date is usually two weeks from the date on which the book is checked out. The STUDENT is responsible for returning the book to the learning commons ON or BEFORE the date indicated on the due date slip.
In the event the learning commons is closed, students should put their book(s) in the book return drop box. This box will be checked at the end of every day and periodically throughout the day.
If a student is absent on the day the book is due, they should return or renew the book the day they return to school.
Books that are more than 45 days late will be marked lost automatically by the system. When a book is marked lost, a fine equal to the replacement cost of the book is placed on the student's account. Assuming the book is found and returned to the library learning commons, the fine is removed from the student's account with no further repercussions. Late fees are NOT charged. The only charges students may incur are those for lost or damaged books.
Emails will be sent to students who have lost books and to the parents of students with lost books at the time interims and report cards are sent home.