The School District of Oconee County Federal Programs Department oversees all federal programs within the district, including Title I, Title II, Title III, and Title IV. Other Federal programs within the district include Career & Technology Education (CATE) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
- Title I - Part A Overview
- Title I - Part D Overview
- Title II - Part A Overview
- Title III Overview
- Title IV - Part A Overview
- Title IV - Part B
- McKinney-Vento Act Homeless Assistance Act
- Career & Technology Education(Perkins) Overview
- IDEA Overview
The purpose of Title I, Part A of Public Law 107-110 is to enable schools to provide opportunities for children served to acquire the knowledge and skills contained in the challenging state content standards and to meet the challenging state performance standards developed for all children. More detailed information is available on our Title I, Part A webpage.
The purpose of this component of the federal program is:
- to improve educational services for children and youth in local and state institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth so that such children and youth have the opportunity to meet the same challenging State academic content standards and challenging State student academic achievement standards that all children in the State are expected to meet
- to provide such children and youth with the services needed to make a successful transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment
- to prevent at-risk youth from dropping out of school, and to provide dropouts, and children and youth returning from correctional facilities or institutions for neglected or delinquent children and youth, with a support system to ensure their continued education
The following facilities are Title I, Part D sites within Oconee County:
Cherokee Creek Boys School
Collins Children’s Home
Fair Play Camp School
Wilderness Way Camp School, Inc.
Title II, Part A Improving Educator Quality State Grants originally authorized as Eisenhower Professional Development and the Class Size Reduction programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, was reauthorized in 2001 by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and in 2015 by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Through the program, state and local educational agencies (SEAs and LEAs) receive funds using a USDE provided formula based on poverty and population. The purpose of the Title II, Part A grant is:
- to increase student achievement consistent with challenging State academic standards
- to improve the quality and effectiveness of teachers, principals, and other school leaders
- to increase the number of teachers, principals, and other school leaders who are effective in improving student academic achievement in schools
- to provide low-income and minority student greater access to effective-teacher, principals, and other school leaders
Contact Mrs. Lisa Simmons, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, for additional information.
Title III (ESOL Services) is responsible for the oversight of the language instruction of Multilingual and immigrant students. This is accomplished by:
- Administering grant programs that help children develop proficiency in English and achieve high content standards
- Recommending policies and promoting best practices for meeting the needs of Multilingual Learners
- Strengthening collaboration and coordination among federal, state, and local programs serving Multilingual Learners
- Monitoring funded programs and providing technical assistance that addresses outcomes and accountability
More detailed information is available on our ESOL services page.
The newly authorized Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program is intended to help increase the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local education agencies (LEA), schools, and local communities to
- Provide all students with access to a well-rounded education
- Improve school conditions for student learning
- Improve the use of technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students (ESEA section 4101)
21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) The purpose of this program, as stated in the federal authorizing statute and non-regulatory guidance, is to provide opportunities for communities to establish or expand activities in community learning centers that:
- Provide opportunities for academic enrichment, including providing tutorial services to help students, particularly students who attend low-performing schools, to meet the challenging state academic standards
- Offer students a broad array of additional services, programs, and activities, such as youth development activities; service learning; nutrition and health education; drug and violence prevention programs; counseling programs; technology education programs; financial literacy programs; environmental literacy programs; mathematics, science, career, and technical programs; internship or apprenticeship programs; and other ties to an in-demand industry sector or occupation for high school students that are designed to reinforce and complement the regular academic program of participating students
- Offer families of students served by community learning centers opportunities for active and meaningful engagement in their children’s education, including opportunities for literacy and related educational development.
SDOC currently has programs at the following schools:
Blue Ridge Elementary School
James M. Brown Elementary School
Ravenel Elementary School
Seneca Middle School
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Title X, Part C, of the No Child Left Behind Act) is the primary piece of federal legislation dealing with the education of children and youth experiencing homelessness. Students whose living situations meet the definition of "homeless" have educational rights and are eligible to receive services under the McKinney-Vento Act.
- What is the definition of homeless
- Student Rights
- Dispute Resolution Process
- Identification Form
- Student Residency Statement Form
The Federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act defines children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence as homeless. This includes children and youths who:
- share the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason (sometimes referred to as “doubled-up”)
- live in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate accommodations
- live in emergency or transitional shelters
- are abandoned in hospitals
- have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- live in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing (e.g., housing that lacks any one of the fundamental utilities, does not have working a kitchen or plumbing, is overcrowded, or infested), bus or train stations, or similar settings
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
- Unaccompanied youth, defined as a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, who qualify as homeless because they are living in circumstances described above.
Students have the RIGHT to:
Remain in the same school even if they move to another attendance zone
Enroll in a new school without providing the typically required records such as proof of residency, immunizations, school records, or other papers;
Receive transportation to a school outside of the attendance area if feasible
Receive the same school services provided to non-homeless students
Challenge decisions made by schools and districts in case of disputes of eligibility
McKinney-Vento Dispute Resolution Process
The process to resolve disputes concerning the enrollment or placement of a child or youth experiencing homeless is as follows:
If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment, the student will be immediately admitted to the school requested pending resolution of the dispute.
The child or youth “shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute” [42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(3)(E)(i)].
The school will complete the Written Notification of Enrollment/Placement Decision for Student and provide the Parent with a copy which includes information about the parent/student’s right to appeal.
The school will send the completed copy of the Written Notification of Enrollment/Placement Decision for the student to the District Department of Student Services.
If the Parent would like to appeal the school enrollment/placement decision, then the school counselor will provide them with the McKinney-Vento Dispute Form to complete. This form is sent to the District Department of Student Services for review.
The McKinney-Vento District Liaison will provide the parent with written documentation of the District Determination.
The parent has the right to appeal the District Determination to the State Department of Education, Homeless Division. This state appeal process is provided on the District Determination Form.
The mission of the Office of Career & Technology Educational (CATE) is to provide leadership and services to districts and schools supporting grade-level, standards-based curricula through the integration of academic and career and technical instruction for students in grades 7 through 12 while focusing on the Office’s 2020 Vision for Career & Technology Education in South Carolina. The School District of Oconee County opened a new state-of-the-art facility for the 2020-2021 academic year. Visit the Hamilton Career & Technology Center page for more information.
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) The purpose of this regulation is to promulgate the state’s requirements of educational programs for students with disabilities, as outlined by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2004 (IDEA). Visit the School District of Oconee County Special Education Services page for more information.