Updated: Jan 18
BELL is committed to bringing our community reliable information about COVID-19 as well as the number of community resources that are being offered during this time.
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Public Message from Mayor John Getty's
The City of Rock Hill continues to be "Always On" in maintaining our service level. The City's primary focus will continue to be maintaining the safety of our residents.
March 23rd Video: Mayor's Message
March 16th Video: Mayor's Message
Resources for Small Businesses
SC Thrive Coronavirus Resource Updates
This SC Thrive link has updated information on resources available in many areas including food, mental health, part-time employment, etc.
Schedule Changes to MyRide Transit Service
The safety of our riders and employees is a top priority for My Ride and the City of Rock Hill. We are closely monitoring the coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and taking direction from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Beginning Sunday, March 22, My Ride will operate on a modified schedule as follows:
Sunday service is suspended until further notice.
Route 1 – Downtown/Knowledge Park Loop is suspended every day until further notice.
My Ride Direct paratransit service will follow the modified fixed-route service, operating in the areas of Routes 2, 3 and 4 with no Sunday service until further notice. We request paratransit appointments be limited to essential travel such as work, healthcare appointments, pharmacy and grocery shopping.
The modified schedule will be in effect until further notice. Route 2 – Saluda/Heckle, Route 3 – Cherry/Riverwalk and Route 4 – Dave Lyle/Galleria will operate on normal schedule 7 AM – 7 PM Monday through Saturday.
We are taking precautions by cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. We ask riders to practice social distancing when riding, leaving as much space as possible between you and other riders. Additionally, don’t ride if you’re not feeling well, wash hands regularly with soap and water, and cover your coughs and sneezes.
“We are concerned for the health, safety and well-being of our passengers, drivers and the general public during this time,” said Mayor John Gettys. “We recognize that My Ride transit plays a critical role in our community and many people rely on services daily. We plan to reestablish regular service as soon as is feasible.”
The City will continue to monitor the pandemic and follow state and federal guidelines. Schedule changes can be found on MyRideRockHill.com and the My Ride mobile app, as well as @MyRideRockHill on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Family Trust Financial Services
Managing your money in the middle of a pandemic is an unprecedented difficulty. Americans are facing uncertainty about their job, monthly income, daily expenses, debts, retirement and cash savings. To support our membership during these uncertain times, we've created a low-rate Pandemic Assistance Personal Loan and Loan Skip Pay options for those in need. We also want to remind you that you have free access to financial counseling through your credit union. Pandemic Assistance Personal Loan
Borrow Up To One Month Of Your Total Net Income For As Low As 5.00% APR1
Option To Make No Payments For 90 Days
Maximum 12-Month Term
Easy Online Application
E-Sign: Members can elect to sign loan documents electronically via the Internet. This convenient process saves time and paper. A multi-layered authentication program verifies identity and keeps the process secure.
Loan Payment Protection: An optional product that could cancel or reduce repayment of your loan debt should a future unexpected life event occur.
Loan Skip Payments For Affected Borrowers
Fee waived for skipped Auto or Personal Loan payment.
At least one monthly payment made on new loans is required.
Free Financial Counseling Our certified Financial Counselor, Sharon Brooks, is qualified to offer members this counseling at no additional cost:
Preventive: Evaluate your current financial status and offer budgeting and savings advice. Ideal for students, newlyweds, and others.
Budgeting: We can help you regain control of your finances through effective budgeting if you're facing financial difficulties.
Credit Score: Review your credit report and provide advice on how to address problems and build strong credit.
Productive: Build wealth by adhering to a flexible spending plan, personalized to fit your financial goals.
To schedule an appointment, please complete and submit the form below. If you have questions, please contact Sharon at 803-367-4100 ext. 2161.
For up-to-date information on branch locations, business operations, as well as tools and resources to help you navigate the current environment, click here.
Rock Hill School Districts Grab & Go Lunch
Our free “grab and go” meal service will continue Monday through Friday at five school locations throughout this closure. Breakfast will be available between 8 – 10 a.m. and lunch will be available between 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Meals will be available to all children 18 years of age and younger. To pick up a meal, please visit the location most convenient to you. Children must be present with a parent or guardian to receive a free meal.
Belleview Elementary, 501 Belleview Road
Finley Road Elementary, 1089 Finley Road
Richmond Drive Elementary, 1162 Richmond Drive
Rosewood Elementary, 2240 Rosewood Drive
Oakdale Elementary, 1129 Oakdale Road
We have adjusted our park locations this week after monitoring turn out at three locations last week. Our “grab and go” meal service will be offered at seven community locations on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the community sites. At each location, meals will be distributed from a Wi-Fi equipped school bus at each location. Students at each site will be able to connect to Wi-Fi hotspots as need to work on eLearning assignments.
College Downs Park
NEW LOCATION - Boyd Hill Apartments, 1307 Constitution Boulevard
NEW LOCATION - The Glens Apartments, 1041 Glenarden Dr.
NEW LOCATION - Workman Street Apartments, 302 Workman St.
Catawba Indian Reservation Long House
For more information regarding RHSD please visit: https://www.rock-hill.k12.sc.us/covid19.
Rock Hill School Districts Update on eLearning Implementation
Recognizing that our teachers and staff need time to prepare lessons, eLearning will begin for students on Thursday. Our team members will be working tomorrow to prepare online lessons and information packets for students. On Tuesday, your child’s school principal will share specific information and schedules for students to pick up laptops, textbooks and other needed resources that may have been left at school last week.
60 Days of Free Internet Service through Comporium
Earlier today, our community partner Comporium announced plans to offer 60 days of free Internet service to currently unsubscribed homes. The service offered will include “Standard HSI/Package 1” free for 60 days. There will be no connection charges or credit checks for parents or guardians taking advantage of this offer. To qualify, the home has to fit all of the following:
Be the primary residence of a student in Kindergarten through grad school
Not be a current Comporium Internet customer
Not have had Internet with Comporium for the past 90 days
Be located where we could normally serve them
Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Update
During this time of health and safety concerns, the City of Rock Hill urges citizens to follow guidelines given by DHEC and the CDC including general personal hygiene, hand washing and social distancing.
Although PRT programs and events have been canceled through April 3, all parks, playgrounds, green spaces, and trails remain open at this time. The four recreation centers, the Rock Hill Sports & Event Center, the Cherry Park Tower and the Manchester Meadows office are closed at this time.
Any updates will be posted to cityofrockhill.com and to City of Rock Hill social media sites including the PRT Department’s Facebook and Instagram accounts @rockhillprt.
For general questions about current health issues, call the DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 AM to 6 PM seven days a week.
Free Lunch for Students from McDonald's
With the recent school closures due to the Covid-19 National Emergency, we realize that many families in our area may need assistance to provide lunch for students. To ease that burden, our McDonald’s restaurants will offer a free lunch to children 12 years old and under. This free lunch offer will consist of the following: student choice of one plain hamburger, plain cheeseburger or 4pc McNugget, one small fry or Apple Slices. This offer will be valid weekdays, Monday-Friday, 11am-1pm, until March 27 (or until school reopens).
Student must be present to receive the free lunch. We ask that parents utilize the Drive-Thru to place these orders. At the Drive-Thru speaker, please inform the order taker that the lunch is for a student.
1785 Mt. Gallant Rd. Rock Hill, SC
9348 Steele Creek Rd., Charlotte, NC
3020 Derita Rd., Charlotte, NC
2115 Union Rd., Gastonia, NC
United Way & Mental Health America Assistance
United Way and Mental Health America have partnered to offer assistance for anyone trying to find food, paying for housing bills, accessing free childcare, or other essential services. Please visit 211.org or dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.
SC Works Useful Information
Please find below information regarding Unemployment Insurance Benefits and the Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance.
Postponed - Connecting the Dots Workforce Development Summit
Cancelled - Come See Me Festiva