SDOC sending out Calendar Survey

The School District of Oconee County (SDOC) wants to know employees and parents thoughts on a modified school calendar that would start in the 2020-21 school year. A survey is going out to gauge opinions, says Oconee County Schools Associate Superintendent of Administration Steve Hanvey. “We are going to be looking a couple of years down the road at the 2020-21 school calendar. We actually presented to the board this past meeting the calendar for the 2019-20 and it is a traditional calendar much like we have used in the past, but during our Parent Advisory meeting, a group that we meet with four times a year, they had brought up the possibility of us revisiting the modified calendar that was proposed several years ago. So, we are going to survey our parents and our staff regarding that. We are sending out a survey link to each of our families and it will have information about the calendar options. We will mail those out. It will have a sample included in it of a traditional calendar option and a modified calendar option, which is still 180 days, but we have more breaks; two weeks in the fall, two weeks in the winter and two weeks in the spring and seven weeks in the summer versus about an 11 week break in the summertime. So, we want to get everybody’s feedback. There is no push from the district to make that change we are just surveying folks because we were asked to by our Parent Advisory group. So, we hope when folks get that they will quickly go online, there is just one question, answer that and then we will compile that information and share it with the board hopefully at our November meeting.” The SDOC anticipates as many as 7,500 responses to the survey.