SDOC to offer Virtual Instruction Options for 2021-2022 School Year

posted Feb 19, 2021, 10:50 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Student and Laptop with SDOC Logo
After reviewing student data and community needs, the School District of Oconee County will offer virtual learning opportunities at all levels for the 2021-2022 school year.  It is important to note that these options are intended to support families that have determined virtual instruction is the best academic option for their students, not as a means to avoid exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Requirements to participate in virtual learning will be released in the coming weeks. Families will be required to submit an application for each student interested in participating in virtual instruction. 

Students in K5 through 8th grade will have the ability to be fully virtual. High school students will have virtual options, but there is not a guarantee that a student will have a fully virtual schedule. It is important to note that students will be required to take all state-mandated tests (SC Ready, MAP, EOC, progress monitoring, etc) as well as final exams, from a school building.  There will not be an option for remote testing. 

Elementary School - Students will receive a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous instruction through a variety of teaching methods and technology. In early grades (K5 - 3rd), students will be strongly encouraged to attend up to 4 hours of in-person instruction most weeks. Students will receive electives virtually, including classes such as Art, Music, and PE. 

Middle School - Students in 6th through 8th grade will receive all core classes (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) virtually, with a blended model of synchronous and asynchronous instruction through a variety of teaching methods and technology. There will be some options for virtual electives; however, any student wishing to participate in fine arts (Visual Arts, Strings, Band, and Chorus) will be required to attend those classes in person at their home school. 

High School - Students will have the opportunity to enroll in asynchronous, virtual class options through both VirtualSC and VirtualSDOC.  VirtualSC is a state-sponsored online program that offers free, rigorous online courses aligned to state standards that are developed and taught by highly qualified, SC licensed teachers, but not necessarily SDOC teachers. Students register for classes through the VirtualSC website, not through the registration process at SDOC high schools. VirtualSDOC classes are for SDOC students and are taught by SDOC teachers using the same curriculum as VirtualSC. Students register for SDOCVirtual classes through the normal high school registration process. Students will not be guaranteed a full virtual schedule; they may take a combination of virtual and face-to-face classes. It is important to note that all fine arts, JROTC, and Hamilton Career and Technology Center classes will only be offered in-person.

*Synchronous learning is interactive, two-way online instruction that happens in real time with a teacher. Asynchronous learning occurs virtually, through prepared resources, without live, teacher-led interaction. K5-8th grade virtual classes will use a blend of both types of instruction.

Preventative Healthcare Screenings for Retirees and Spouses of Current Employees

posted Feb 17, 2021, 5:57 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Feb 17, 2021, 6:02 AM ]

Retiree & Spouses of Employees Preventative Healthcare Screenings

Appointments are available for Thursday, April 15th 
To schedule an appointment, please call   864-916-0236

Retirees, COBRA subscribers and covered spouses whose primary coverage is the State Health Plan may participate in the preventative health care screenings at no cost.  Optional tests will be available; all optional tests must be paid for in cash the day of the appointment.   Please note:  Fasting for 12 hours (may drink water) before testing is required.  Participants must bring their insurance card and photo ID (i.e. drivers license.) with them to their appointment.   List of Available Optional Tests

SDOC 2021 Graduation Information

posted Jan 21, 2021, 5:01 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

All SDOC high school graduations will be held at the school's football stadium on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at 8:30 am.  If rain is predicted for the morning, ceremonies will be moved to 8:00 pm that evening.  If rain is predicted for that evening, ceremonies will be moved inside to the gymnasiums.  More details concerning precautions and guest limits due to COVID will be announced closer to the date of graduation.

SDOC Board of Trustees Approves 2021-2022 School Calendar

posted Jan 15, 2021, 11:52 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Jan 15, 2021, 11:54 AM ]

picture of calendar
At its regularly scheduled board meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021, the SDOC Board of Trustees approved calendars for the 2021-2022 school year.  Middle and high school students will begin on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, and end on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.  Elementary school students will begin on Monday, August 16, 2021, and end on Friday, May 27, 2022.  All inservice days and holiday breaks are identical between the two calendars.

Associate Superintendent Mr. Steve Hanvey said, "State law says schools cannot begin before the third Monday of August.  Last year, we were granted permission to start middle schools and high schools prior to the third Monday to allow us to complete the first semester before Christmas break.  This is very beneficial to our high school students.  While we would love for all our schools to be able to begin at the same time, there are not the same compelling reasons for elementary schools.  We are hopeful that the state legislature will give districts more flexibility with the calendar start date in the future."

School calendars on the district website under the Calendars tab or by clicking  on the links below.

SDOC Board of Trustees approves bonus for all employees

posted Dec 15, 2020, 6:23 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Thank you
At the regularly scheduled board meeting held Monday, December 14, 2020, the School District of Oconee County voted to award all employees a bonus in consideration of their hard work and dedication throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

A motion to approve a one-time bonus of $300 for full-time employees and a pro-rated bonus for all part-time employees was made by Dr. Sloan, seconded by Dr. Ketterman, and approved unanimously by the board.

Chairperson, Mrs. Denise McCormick said, "Our employees have done a tremendous job in a year that cost them a raise and even a step increase.  This is a simple way for us to honor all they have done this year."

Dr. Sandra Sloan, Clerk of the board, said, "The Board sincerely appreciates all the effort from the entire staff during this season of uncertainty.  We regret that pay increases have not been implemented to date and ask our employees to accept this bonus as a small token of our great appreciation."

Employees should receive the bonus in December.  Part-time employees will receive a bonus based on their contract status.  For example, a 0.5 FTE employee will receive $150; a 0.75 FTE employee will receive $225.  Employees new to the school district will also receive a prorated bonus based on their starting date.

SDOC Retired iPad Sale

posted Dec 15, 2020, 5:32 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC   [ updated Dec 15, 2020, 11:31 AM ]

The School District of Oconee County is retiring several iPad models due to Apple no longer providing security/ software updates and securing repair parts is difficult and/or cost prohibitive.  Devices will be sold at 50% of the current market value.  Chargers and/or cases are not included but may be purchased while supplies last. THESE DEVICES MAY BE PURCHASED BY CURRENT SDOC FAMILIES AND STAFF ONLY. There will be a limit of 1 per student or employee. 

Wednesday & Thursday, December 16th & 17th   4:00pm - 6:00pm

iPad Model


Final OS


# Available

iPad mini 2 (model 1489)

Late 2013/Early 2014

iOS 12.4.5



iPad Air (model 1474)

Late 2013/Early 2014

iOS 12.4.5



iPad (3rd gen, model 1432)

Early 2012

iOS 9.3.6



Chargers & Cases will be sold for $5 each while supplies last.

Devices and accessories are sold as-is, while supplies last. All sales are final. 

Exact cash (no change will be available), checks or credit cards will be accepted.  Items offered for sale are used and may contain defects not immediately detectable. Buyers may inspect the property prior to purchasing.


SDOC  District Office 414 S. Pine Street Walhalla, SC 29691 

Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, purchases will be done through a drive through process at the back of the District Office.  Individuals will remain in their vehicles at all times. 

414 South Pine Street

Please be aware of the following information: 

  • iPads will not connect to SDOC network

  • iPads will not be allowed in SDOC classrooms, programs, or clubs

  • iPads will not be supported by the SDOC Technology Department.

Stand Up - Speak Out Bullying Prevention Poster Contest

posted Dec 11, 2020, 5:49 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Stop bullying

The Stand Up - Speak Out Bullying Prevention Poster Contest is sponsored by A Call to Action Oconee.  For a complete list of winners, click HERE.

DHEC Student Flu Clinic

posted Dec 10, 2020, 5:29 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

Flu shot
The flu vaccine offers the best protection against getting the flu.  When most people in a school get the flu vaccine, the flu can't spread as easily.  You can get your flu vaccine from your doctor, local health department or pharmacy (no prescription is needed for anyone 12 years and older, age may vary by pharmacy).  Everyone 6 months and older should get the flu vaccine every flu season.
For more information:

Upcoming DHEC Children's Flu Clinics:

Monday, December 14, 2020                                             Thursday, December 17, 2020
            2:00 - 4:00 pm                                                                       3:00 - 5:00 pm
        Walhalla Library                                                        Bountyland Education Campus
501 W. South Broad Street                                                        100 Vocational Drive
           Walhalla, SC                                                                             Seneca, SC

December 21st and 22nd will be eLearning Days

posted Dec 9, 2020, 12:27 PM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

SDOC eLearning
After discussion between district administration and principals, the decision was made to observe December 21st and 22nd as eLearning days.  Factors leading to this decision included difficulty in finding substitutes to cover both COVID-19 related absences and normal requests for leave on those days, as well as conflicts with some events that were scheduled prior to the two-week delay in starting school.

Superintendent Dr. Michael Thorsland said, "Our plan for eLearning days was for them to be used solely for inclement weather and that will absolutely be our plan going forward into next school year.  With that being said, having the ability to move to eLearning during this difficult year is helpful.  While not ideal, we feel this decision is the best call under our current circumstances."

Students will not come to school buildings on these days.  Assignments for both days will be available no later than 10:00 am on Monday, December 21st.  Students will have 5 days upon returning to school to turn in assignments.  If those assignments are not completed and turned in by Friday, January 8th, students will be marked absent for December 21st and 22nd.

SDOC COVID-19 Update

posted Dec 7, 2020, 7:03 AM by The School District of Oconee County, SC

COVID-19 Update
Due to updated information from the CDC, the School District of Oconee County has adjusted quarantine guidelines for schools.  These guidelines were effective as of Thursday, December 3, 2020.  Students and staff will now be required to quarantine for 10 days, instead of 14 days, from the last exposure to an individual who tested positive.  For those currently quarantined, the quarantine period will be shortened by 4 calendar days.  The district is working to reach out to these individuals to adjust their return to school date.  At this time, the district will not implement the option for students and staff to return after 7 days with evidence of a negative test.  This decision was made considering demands on school personnel and due to the complexity of managing multiple quarantine lengths and verifying test results.

COVID-19 Rapid Testing
Governor McMaster recently announced that all South Carolina schools will have the ability to offer rapid COVID-19 testing to students and staff who are symptomatic.  A parent permission form will be required before any student can be tested.  SDOC is currently completing the required certification and training process.  We anticipate beginning testing when we return from Christmas break.

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