* High schools and middle schools will continue to open at 7:30 to permit students to be dropped off if necessary.
- Over 3500 students ride buses to and from school each day in Oconee County. Many of those students spend two hours or more on the bus each day – some students spend over three hours! Staggering the start times for our schools will allow many of our buses to run two routes each morning and each afternoon. This will allow for shorter ride times for our students.
- It keeps teenaged drivers (high school students) off of the roads early in the morning before sunrise.
- It alleviates a supervision problem with middle and high school students because buses would be on campus when the bell rings to end the day.
- Some parents who drop students off at school may experience difficulty if the later times do not work for their work schedule.
|Bully Prevention Poster Contest Announces Winners
Bully Prevention Poster Contest Announces Winners Suzanne Merrill, from A Call to Action Oconee, recently presented awards for the annual Bullying Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s competition was “The End of Bullying Begins with Me”.
“Bullying is not OK and we need to say that to our children,” said Ms. Merrill at the awards ceremony. “We all need to think, ‘The end of bullying begins with me.’”
The awards were given as follows. Congratulations, students!
|Middle row: Suzanne Merrill (Director, A Call to Action Oconee), Adrianna Lione, Jacie Brucke, Alaina Howell, Braelyn Smith, Isabel Schell Center back: Ava McDonald, Emma McDonald, Grace Mullen, SDOC Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland|
| Grades 1-2
|| Grades 3-4
Grade prize winner, grades 1-4 – Landon Moss (third grade, Walhalla Elementary)
Grand prize winner, grades 5-8 – Ava McDonald (Walhalla Middle School)
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SDOC will continue to produce students who can communicate effectively, solve problems competently, think critically and creatively, act responsibly, and recognize and respect the right of individual differences.
Students will be life-long learners who are technologically literate and who are able to succeed in a diverse global society.
Our goal will be accomplished through positive instruction with appropriate assessment by a fully trained staff, up-to-date facilities and resources, parental involvement and collaboration with business and community.