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Virtual Summer 2020 Course Offerings

posted May 4, 2020, 7:17 AM by Oconee Google

School District of Oconee County

The School District of Oconee County is excited to announce a new partnership with VirtualSC that will allow us to provide a new and exciting opportunity for students to meet graduation credit requirements outside of the traditional setting.  We will now offer online learning opportunities that are taught by SDOC teachers.  This is a great opportunity for high school students to catch up to their peers, graduate early, or meet individual scheduling constraints.  For more information, click HERE.



Letter to Families of Students with Individualized Education Plans

posted Apr 2, 2020, 4:11 PM by Oconee Google   [ updated Apr 3, 2020, 11:51 AM ]

School District of Oconee County



This letter provides valuable information to families of students with disabilities regarding special education services during school closure.  Click HERE to access.

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SDOC Math Madness Event Cancelled

posted Mar 12, 2020, 9:58 AM by Oconee Google

School District of Oconee County
Out of an abundance of caution in light of the COVID-19 outbreak, school district leadership has decided to cancel the Math Madness event scheduled for Saturday, March 14th.  This decision was made to best protect the health and safety of the more than 700 students, siblings, parents, grandparents, and others including SDOC staff that gather together to participate and cheer on the competitors.  We appreciate all the efforts of staff, students and families to prepare and look forward to hosting this great event again next year.



Coronavirus FAQ - 3/12/2020

posted Mar 12, 2020, 6:20 AM by Oconee Google   [ updated Mar 12, 2020, 11:03 AM ]

Due to the rapidly changing situation, these answers may change at any point.

Q. Do you plan to close schools for an extended length of time?
A. Any decision to close schools will be made in consultation with DHEC, the SC Department of Education
(SCDOE) and the Governor’s office. At the current time, the SCDOE has not recommended closing schools.

Q. If schools close, will there be any e-learning like other districts do on inclement weather days?
A. Discussions on how to best meet the instructional needs of students in the event of an extended closure are
happening now. Our instructional department is working on a plan to provide alternate methods of instruction
for students during a closure to help minimize impact on student learning. We are aware that some in our district
do not have home internet access. Therefore, we understand the need to develop ways to provide extra
instruction for those students upon return to school.

Q. Will we have to make up the days if schools close?
A. That decision would come from the SCDOE and the legislature. We would anticipate they would work with
local districts in a similar way as when we miss more than normal days for weather issues.

Q. What about school events like concerts, athletics, field trips, and others?
A. At this time, DHEC and the SCDOE are not recommending canceling school activities, events or field trips.
This is being closely monitored and we are in contact with both agencies to keep up to date of any new protocols
for our schools. As the situation evolves, SDOC may cancel trips based on travel advisories from the CDC. As
always, parents reserve the right to limit their children's participation in field trips due to safety concerns. SDOC
cannot guarantee refunds on prepaid travel expenses. However, we have asked trip organizers to reach out to
travel partners in regards to possible refunds if cancellation is necessary.

Q. I’m traveling for spring break, should I go?
A. Each individual family will need to make their own travel decisions. It is possible that you may have to self-
quarantine upon return based on CDC Travel Health Notices or directives from a state or federal agency. As of
today, CDC Level 3 nations, (which would require self-quarantine) includes China, Iran, Italy and South Korea.
This means that a student or employee who has traveled to or lives with people who have traveled to one of
those areas are required to self-quarantine and will not be permitted to attend school until the 14-day quarantine
period passes. Additionally, those individuals who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with
COVID-19 are expected to self-quarantine and refrain from attending school for 14 days from the day of last
exposure.

Both the CDC and the US State Department have given specific advisories for cruise ship travel. Both agencies
have advised US citizens against traveling by cruise ship during the COVID-19 outbreak, especially those with
underlying health conditions. For those who have been on a cruise ship, the CDC recommends monitoring your
health, limiting your interactions with others for 14 days after returning to the U.S. In addition, if a case of COVID-
19 was reported on your ship during the cruise, you will be required to stay home during these 14 days and
practice social distancing. Please visit the following sites for more information


Q. I’m an employee, will I have to use annual leave if I have to quarantine or test positive for COVID-19?
A. It is our understanding at this time that employees would need to use annual leave days. However, there
has been discussion of federal intervention to come alongside individuals and families affected by the virus. We
will comply with any federal or state directive concerning time away from work due to COVID-19.

Q. If I choose not to send my child to school due to concern about the virus, will those days be excused?
A. We encourage parents to be cautious in keeping students at home at this point considering there are no cases in our local area.  With that being said, we do have students, or family members of students, with compromised immune systems or other health concerns that are at higher risk than most.  In light of this, the decision on whether missed days would be excused will have to be made on a case by case basis.

SDOC Kindergarten Pre-registration is now open

posted Mar 11, 2020, 5:32 AM by Oconee Google

School District of Oconee County
Pre-registration for kindergarten (K5) is now open to all Oconee county families. If you have a child that will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2020, we encourage you to pre-register your child for the 2020-2021 school year. For information please visit the "Parents" tab on the district website or use the link below. An email notification will be sent to parents who have pre-registered their student for Kindergarten (5K) when online registration becomes available. 

SDOC Kindergarten Pre-Registration Form 

Students currently attending a School District of Oconee County 4K program do not need to register since they will be considered returning students. Registration for returning students will open in July 2020. As a reminder, screening dates for 4K are still available. If you have a child that will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020, please 864-718-5133 to schedule a screening appointment. 
    

Date

Area

Location

Friday, 3/13/20

Seneca

St. Mark United Methodist Church

Friday, 4/17/20

Seneca

St. Mark United Methodist Church

Tuesday, 4/21/20

Westminster

Westminster Elementary

Thursday, 4/23/20

Walhalla

Oconee Academy


School Board approves property for new Seneca Middle School

posted Mar 10, 2020, 4:45 AM by Oconee Google

School District of Oconee County
After two years of active search and negotiation by district leadership, the Oconee County School Board approved the purchase of land to serve as the home of a new Seneca Middle School. Dr. Sandra Sloan, Seneca area board member, made the motion to purchase four adjacent parcels of land totaling just under 44 acres. The total purchase price is $1,784,400. 

While considering several other sites, district officials felt that this site had the most positives for the new school. The site is located approximately one mile from Seneca High School along Wells Highway and is in close proximity to all three elementary schools. In addition, there are sidewalks on both sides of the road between the site and Seneca High School. With the location being on Wells Highway, there will be very little road improvement needed due to it already being a fivelane road. Site work including grading will also be limited due to the fact that it is relatively level. 

Associate Superintendent Steve Hanvey said, “Coordinating the purchase of multiple parcels certainly had its challenges, but it was well worth it to get what is close to a perfect site for the new Seneca Middle School. We look forward to the next steps in the process.” 

Dr. Michael Thorsland, Superintendent, said “With the proximity to all the Seneca area schools and the other positives, this property is well worth the investment. The staff of Seneca Middle and the community as a whole have waited a long time for this. It feels good to take this huge step toward the opening of the new Seneca Middle School.”

SDOC Continues to Monitor COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

posted Mar 10, 2020, 4:43 AM by Oconee Google

School District of Oconee County
The School District of Oconee County continues to monitor the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. We are working to remain proactive in our approach to the situation and in communication with our schools and the community as a whole. We are staying abreast of the situation through communication with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and the State Department of Education, as well as other local districts. 

The district has taken several steps to help students and staff stay healthy. We have developed basic guidelines concerning students/staff returning from domestic and international travel, as well as cleaning procedures and suggestions for limiting the spread of respiratory illnesses, which include the flu and Covid-19. Those guidelines include a 14-day quarantine for any student or staff returning from a country designated as a high-risk area by the CDC. We have added extra cleaning of desks, water fountains, door knobs, and other commonly touched surfaces with an EPA-registered disinfectant with a claim for human coronaviruses. We also continue to encourage everyone to practice proper handwashing; avoid frequent touching of the eyes, nose, and mouth; covering the mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; and staying home when you’re sick.

The district leadership team has begun planning for some of the “what ifs” we could possibly face due to the virus. These discussions have included canceling or postponing events with large groups of people; canceling travel, particularly field trips; limiting visitors – parents, mentors, and others – to our schools; and even the possibility of school closure for a period of time. Please be assured, these discussions are taking place so we are prepared - not because they are about to happen in our district. Any decision on these areas would be in response to recommendations from state or federal agencies overseeing this effort. 

Dr. Molly Spearman released this statement Monday afternoon, “Any decisions regarding school closures or cancelling school events as a result of COVID-19 should not be made solely at the local level. Please consult with the State Superintendent of Education who will work with state health officials at DHEC and the Governor’s office for the final appropriate decision. In addition, any announcement of local cases should come from state DHEC officials. 

As a district, we are aware that this is a rapidly evolving situation in our nation and our state. A decision made today may need to be changed tomorrow based on new information. We will work to quickly and efficiently communicate information while doing our best to not contribute to or create panic.

Daylight Saving Time = Check Your Smoke Alarms

posted Mar 4, 2020, 11:07 AM by Oconee Google

Check smoke alarms
Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 am.  Don't forget to set your clocks forward one hour to be sure you are on the correct time!  When it's time to change the clocks, it's also time to check your smoke alarms.  The IAFF (International Association of Fire Fighters) recommends using the change in time as a reminder to replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your home.  The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.  They also say that having operational smoke detectors more than doubles the chances of surviving a house fire.

Student Headed to State GeoBee

posted Mar 4, 2020, 10:03 AM by Oconee Google

It is impressive enough to be the most geographically knowledgeable in your entire school, but to be among the best in the state is even better.  Such is the case for one Seneca Middle School student.  Several weeks ago, seventh grader Logan Wilson won his school-wide geography bee, the first step on the path to the National GeoBee.  He then, along with hundreds of other school-wide winners, took a written test to determine his eligibility to participate in the South Carolina State GeoBee.  Logan recently learned he indeed scored among the top 100 of the qualifiers to earn a spot in the State GeoBee to be held on March 27 in West Columbia.  There he will participate in a number of preliminary rounds and hopefully the final round to determine the statewide winner.  Not only will be statewide winner earn a cash prize, but also a trip to Washington, DC for the national championship - the National Geographic GeoBee.

Westminster Elementary partners with Oconee Farm Bureau

posted Feb 17, 2020, 5:29 AM by Oconee Google

The Westminster Elementary Student Council was privileged to partner with the Oconee County Farm Bureau Women's Committee for a winter service project.  The Council sponsored a food drive for the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville.  Students collected over seven large boxes of snack food.  The hope is that the snacks will provide the families served by the Ronald McDonald House with some comforts of home during their stay there.  Donations will be delivered by Oconee Farm Bureau Women's Committee representatives.  

Oconee Farm Bureau Women's Committee chair Lisa Durham commented, "My heart is happy when children take on projects like this to help others in need.  Many of our families have been affected by the Ronald McDonald house and now we can give back".  

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