We invite you to attend one of our three Town Hall style meetings to learn more about Oconee Virtual Academy. We will share details about how it works, what grade levels are offered; current students, families and staff will share their experience; and you will have a chance to ask questions. Please join us for whichever meeting fits in your schedule best.
Tuesday, January 25th 6PM at the Walhalla Middle Auditorium
Thursday, January 27th6PM at the West-Oak Middle Cafeteria
Tuesday, February 1st 6PM at the Blue Ridge Elementary Cafeteria
At this time, we offer a virtual academy for elementary and middle school students.
SDOC Announces 2022 4K Screening Dates
Please call 864-718-5133 as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
Families with children who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2022 are encouraged to schedule a 4K screening to determine if their child is eligible to attend an SDOC 4K program. Screening will be held on the following dates:
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Thursday, March 24, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Thursday, April 7, 2022
All screenings held at Bountyland Education Center
100 Vocational Drive Seneca, SC 29672
Families should bring the following items to the screening appointment:
● Legal LONG form birth certificate
● Child’s immunization record
● Proof of income for both parents or child’s medicaid card
● Proof of residency (must be a utility bill or rental agreement)
● Legal documentation as it pertains to the child (such as custody, court, safety plans, etc)
To: SDOC Parents, Guardians, Students and General Public
From: Steve Hanvey, Associate Superintendent for Administration
RE: Inclement Weather eLearning Days
This information is being sent as a reminder of the district’s inclement weather procedures. When there is potential for hazardous conditions, administrators will visually check road conditions in each attendance area. Officials may also consult with Oconee County Emergency Management and law enforcement to assess conditions.
Any decision to move to eLearning will be made by 6:00AM.
Announcement of a decision to move to eLearning will be made through the following outlets:
- SDOC/school websites & SDOC App (immediate posting with up to date information)
- School Messenger Call System (delivered to parents & staff via phone, email or text)
- Radio (WGOG–101.7FM, The Lake 94.1 or 1150AM, WCCP-105.5FM, WJMZ 107.3)
- Local TV (WYFF-4, WSPA-7, WHNS-21)
- Twitter @OconeeSC_school
- Facebook – School District of Oconee County
As a county school district with several district wide programs (Adult Education, Hamilton Career & Technology Center, etc.), it is best for the operation of the district to move to eLearning for all locations even if inclement weather is only affecting parts of the county. The two possible announcements for inclement weather are listed below.
|2 Hour Delay||Students will report to school 2 hours later than normal.|
|eLearning||Students will not come to school buildings. Assignments will be posted by 10:00am. Teachers will be available for office hours from 10:00 to 11:00am and 2:30 to 3:30pm. Students will have 5 days upon returning to school to turn in assignments. If assignments are not completed and turned in within those 5 days, the student will be considered absent for the eLearning day.|
|Afternoon & Evening Activities Canceled||Practices, games, concerts or any other evening activities are cancelled.|
For more information on eLearning, please visit
SDOC updates Mask Requirement for Buses
As the district announced last week, the SC State Department of Education re-instituted the requirement of face masks for students and drivers** on buses. School districts were given until August 30th to be in compliance. The SCDE released a revised memo on Friday, August 26th, to clarify that districts shall implement disciplinary measures for not wearing the mask. The memo said:
“...All districts must be in compliance with this requirement no later than Monday, August 30, 2021. School districts shall implement disciplinary measures designed to enforce this requirement, including, but not limited to suspending a student from riding a bus. However, no student should be placed in an unsafe situation as a result of attempting to board a bus without a face covering.”
The revised memo is linked on the SDOC COVID-19 page. The consequences for a student who refuse to wear a mask on the bus will include:
1st time: Students will receive a warning
2nd time: A phone call will be made to the parents, explaining the consequences
3rd time: Students will be suspended from the bus for one day.
Each additional refusal will result in an increase in the number of days the student is suspended from the bus. It is possible with repeated refusal to wear a mask may result in suspension from the bus for the remainder of the school year.
SDOC will begin implementation of consequences on Tuesday, September 7th.
**A driver is not required to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
FCC Emergency Broadband Benefit to Families
Assistance of up to $50 a month to those who qualify
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households (up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands).
Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
A household is eligible if a member of the household meets one of the criteria below:
Has an income that is at or below 135% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines or participates in certain assistance programs, such as SNAP, Medicaid, or Lifeline;
Approved to receive benefits under the free and reduced-price school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision in the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 school year;
Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 a
t or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or
Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program.
There are three ways for eligible households to apply:
Contact your preferred participating broadband provider directly to learn about their application process.
Go to GetEmergencyBroadband.org to apply online and to find participating providers near you.
Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with copies of documents showing proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742