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SMS 8th Grade moving to Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, September 15th

posted Sep 14, 2020, 11:43 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Sep 14, 2020, 11:44 AM ]

Seneca Middle School 8th grade moving to Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, September 15th 

Students will return to the school building on September 29th


School District of Oconee County
Due to a small cluster of COVID-19 cases within the 8th grade at Seneca Middle School, SDOC has made the decision to move Seneca Middle School 8th grade face-to-face students to distance learning for a period of 14 days beginning on Tuesday, September 15th. No 8th grade students will go to the school building during this time. Students will be able to return to the school building on September 29th unless under quarantine for another reason.  This decision was made in consultation with DHEC,  local medical personnel, district nursing supervisor, and Seneca Middle administration.

Face-to-Face students will transition to Distance Learning during this time. 


  • Students will receive instruction through Google Meets following their normal daily schedule beginning Tuesday, September 15th. These Google Meets will be recorded for those students without internet access.

  • Outside of Google Meets, teachers will communicate daily tasks, assessments, live meetings, student performance, and other instructional materials with families on a weekly basis through one of the school-level approved methods. 

  • Teachers will be available via email and should respond within 24 hours during the normal work week. They will continue to use Google Classroom for assignments and communication.

  • In order to support all students’ needs, 50% of instructional tasks will be downloadable for offline use. This would allow those students without the internet the ability to download a week’s worth of tasks at one time.

  • Attendance will be taken for all remote classes in PowerSchool, and participation is mandatory. Students must be in compliance with district and state attendance requirements.

We strongly encourage families to practice the following guidelines:

  • Students should STAY HOME and NOT CONGREGATE IN GROUPS for any reason.

  • Students will not be allowed to attend any school-sponsored events, including sports.

  • Students should be closely monitored for symptoms for COVID-19.  Please contact the school nurse with any new signs or symptoms or positive test result for COVID-19