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Letter From the Principal
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Dear D.W.Daniel Families,

I hope that your families have had a safe and relaxing summer.  We are excited to welcome our students and staff back to DWD after being away for so long.  

Our priority this summer has been to find a way to bring your students back to school safely. As we finalize our daily schedule, please know that we are working diligently to make sure that we are making DWD as safe as possible for both our students and staff. We are following health guidelines and listening to our community as we plan for everyone's safe return. 

By following these guidelines and practices, we know there will be changes ahead for our school.  We have revisited many of our school procedures in an effort to lessen students’ prolonged contact with others.  As you can imagine, we have made changes to procedures that have been in place for decades--scheduling, class change, lunches, registration, arrivals, dismissals, and more.    

Before students return to campus, we will release informational videos for your students to provide information on new procedures for class changes, lunch, and safety.  We also plan to release specialized informational videos for rising 9th graders and new students that focus on information that is pertinent to students who are new to DWD.  Our hope is to provide all of our students with the information they need to have a successful and safe transition back to school.

Earlier this month, we sent out an email with instructions on how to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year.  With advances in technology, we have been able to streamline our registration process so that families can take care of registration details digitally. There is no need to come to the school in-person to take care of these tasks.

This year, the SDPC has transitioned to a 4x4 block schedule (instead of the A/B schedule).  Students now have the opportunity to take 4 classes daily each semester.  The class schedule your child received in June has most likely changed.  SDPC is working to share updated class schedules in Schoology the 1st week of August.  We will announce when Schoology is ready so that students and parents can see these schedules before they arrive on campus.

Students will also have the option of taking courses online through the Pickens County Virtual Academy and/or VirtualSC. If your student is interested in taking courses online they need to register for the PCVA by noon on July 22nd.

Last school year our district made the decision to alter start/end times for our school day.  This decision was made to allow for our buses to run separate routes for elementary, middle and high school students. 

Start and End Times for 2020-2020:

Elementary- 8:00-2:30

Middle- 8:30-3:15

High- 8:45-3:30


Our doors will not open until 8:15 each morning.  To discourage large gatherings, students will no longer be able to congregate and wait in the cafeteria, courtyard, media center, or hallways before school starts.  Once the doors open at 8:15, students will be directed to their first period class. Students will still have the opportunity to eat school breakfast if they wish to do so in the mornings.  

Dismissal at the end of the day will also look different this year.  Dismissals will be staggered at the end of the day to clear the building as quickly as possible and to prevent students from waiting for bus or car pickup in large groups.  We will provide specific dismissal details in the coming weeks.

We know that the year 2020 has brought about unprecedented change to our school, community, and nation.  We thank you for your support and flexibility as we all learn to navigate uncertain times together.   Our priority has always been and will continue to be the safety of our Daniel family.  

We look forward to seeing you in August.

One Daniel,
Shannon Sharkey
Principal

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