Denmark-Olar School District 2

Student Achievement, Accountability, Attendance-Turning It All Around



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    Due to technical difficulties with the Facebook video of the 10:00 a.m. August 3, 2020 board of trustees meeting, we are posting a DRAFT of the meeting minutes. This draft includes all action taken by the board during the August 3 meeting. Please note that the draft minutes have not been officially approved by the board of trustees and will be on the agenda for approval at the next regular meeting scheduled for August 10, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please call the superintendent’s office if you need additional information regarding action taken by the board at the meeting.

    Census Education

    To all parents of Bamberg School District Two, please complete your 2020 Census.  Completing the 2020 Census means dollars $$$$ for the district. The amount of federal dollars we recieve is determined by how many people are counted on census day. Your census count could really help with funding we so desperately need for our students. You can gain access to the 2020 Census by mail, over the phone by calling 1-844-330-2020 or online at



    As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bamberg School District Two is aggressively attempting to determine the comfort level of parents as it relates to sending students back to school for the 2020 Summer Program and the 2020-2021 School Year.  We want to ensure that our students and staff will be safe.  Please take a few moments to respond to the attached Survey questions.  Please respond by no later than Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  Thank you for your continued support and coopby dialingeration.

    Please access the COVID-19 Parent survey using the following link:


    Bamberg School District Two is partnership with DHEC will be offering free drive-through Coronavirus testing on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. The location will be at Denmark-Olar Middle school from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

    Due to technical difficulties with the audio portion of the Facebook video of the June 8, 2020 board of trustees meeting, we are posting a DRAFT of the meeting minutes.  This draft includes all action taken by the board during the June 8 meeting.  Please note that the draft minutes have not been officially approved by the board of trustees and will be on the agenda for approval at the next regular meeting scheduled for July 12, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.


    We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.  Please call the superintendent’s office if you need additional information regarding action taken by the board at the meeting.

    Bamberg School District Two will begin having buses to provide our students with Wifi. The bus schedule for Wifi connections will be every Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting on Wednesday, April 08, 2020.  There will not be any buses providing these services on the week of April13, 2020 thru April 17, 2020 in observance of our Spring Break schedule.  We will resume our normal schedule on Monday, April 20, 2020.

    Please refer to our facebook page for the locations of the buses as well as the network and password codes.

    Continue to be safe and practice preventive, healthy actions. 


    Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Bamberg School District Two will be operating on Flexible office hours due to COVID-19 for safety reasons.

    In case of an emergency, someone will be at each of the schools. For the safety of everyone involved, we're asking that you limit your visits.

    Please call your childs school if you have any questions or concerns.

    Everyone is encouraged to be safe and practice preventive healthy choices.

    Continue to visit our Facebook page and District website for updates.


    Beginning Wednesday, March 18, our school buses will be transporting meals to students along our regular bus routes. These lunches are available to any student desiring one. Each bag will contain nutrition for breakfast as well as lunch. Buses transporting food for students will begin their routes at 11:00 a.m., and most will have made their deliveries by 1:30 p.m. 

    Please be reminded about the laws in stopping for school buses. When a school bus is stopped on a two-lane road with its red lights flashing and its stop arm extended, you must stop your vehicle 20 feet from the bus. Oncoming traffic and motorists approaching the bus from behind may not move until the stop arm is retracted and the red lights are no longer flashing. There are going to be buses making deliveries so please use caution and watch out for students as they make their way to bus stop locations for these meal deliveries.

    Please note that student meals will be available throughout this school closure on weekdays for students beginning Wednesday, March 18 through March 31.

    Student meals will be available for pickup at Denmark-Olar High School from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Learning packets are being sent home for students in grades PK-8.

    Parents of students in grades PK-5 may pick up the packets from Denmark-Olar Elementary School.

    Parents of students in grades 6-8 may pick up the packets from Denmark-Olar Middle School on Wednesday, March 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    If a learning packet is not picked up from school, it will be sent home on Thursday, March 19, to be picked up from the school bus driver along with the meal delivery.

    Students at Denmark-Olar High School will complete their assignments on line through Google Docs. Passwords have been posted on the school’s web page.

    Bamberg School District Two will adhere to the announcement from Governor Henry McMaster.The students will not report tomorrow but all Faculty and Staff are to report to work on Monday,  March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, March  17, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    Parents will receive notification no later than Wednesday,  March 18, 2020 on the district's academic plan for educating your child from home as well as the plan for providing meals for the students.
    Please check our Facebook  page and the district's website regularly for updates.
    Please answer all robo calls from your child's school as these announcements will keep you updated.
    The safety of our students, faculty and staff is our highest priority. 

    Coronavirus Information



    The District's website is currently under construction, if you have questions or concerns please call (803) 793-3346. 






     Message from the Superintendent 

    Bamberg School District Two is in a unique position.  We stand at the cusp of so many exciting events and opportunities.  As we gaze to the horizon of a new morning sun, we can see a brand new school, Pre-K – 12 rising up out of the rich, black soil that will provide 21st century, cutting edge educational opportunities for our students.  It is so auspicious that the faculty, staff and students anticipate resources and educational experiences as we eagerly await the new day.  However, in the meantime, we continue to delve into our strategic plan that includes focus on academic growth and accountability. 

    Our students continue to make significant progress in academic areas, athletics activities and general innovative performances and rankings.  We are providing additional technology for each school, along with professional development that impacts student performance and faculty growth.  We are in the first steps of implementation of understanding the impact of poverty on student success.  We have initial plans to provide mobile internet service to all students who attend Denmark-Olar High School, with the capability of access at home and on the school bus.  Students in both communities will be able to use the access.  Students will receive laptops that can be used for up to four years.  With the purchase of additional math technology programs, students are expected to gain additional progress in core and supplemental math classes.  Our students at each school are gaining momentum in attendance and are expected to meet the goal of 100%.

    As all of these factors unfold, the curriculum has been under revision and will impact student learning through guided steps and procedures.  The exceptional children’s program has added additional technology, equipment and training for the students, faculty and staff.  All training, supplies and materials strengthen and advance our enduring academic purpose and focus for the year. 

    We continue to partner with Denmark Technical College and Cope Career and Vocational Center to provide dual credit and vocational courses for our students.  We partner with Voorhees College to incorporate internships and coordinate academic efforts for students’ progress and success.  A recent award of the 21st Century grant at both our elementary and middle schools will allow the district to provide additional after school programs for students four days per week.

    As we continue to regard the growth of the whole child, the district included the involvement of the Wellness Initiative for faculty, staff and district employees.  Focus on healthy eating, exercise and habits are stressed throughout the district.  We aim to maximize on the development of promoting nutrition, healthy bodies and minds that ultimately lead to academic and emotional progress.

    We engage rigor, diversity and inclusivity in our daily schedules to ensure student needs are met.  We are inspired with the unique opportunity to imagine Bamberg School District Two for generations to come.

    “Student Achievement, Accountability, Attendance-Turning It All Around”  

    Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner,





    Chronic Absenteeism Reporting Requirements

    As part of the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act, beginning in December 2017, the United States Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will require the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) to report “chronic absenteeism” for all districts. The report will be based on 2016–17 attendance data.

    How is Chronic Absenteeism (CA) defined?

    • According to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), any student who is absent a minimum of 10 percent of his or her enrollment period in the current school – for any reason (e.g. illness, suspension, excused or unexcused) – is considered chronically absent.
    • According to the (OCR), an absent student is one who misses 50 percent of the instructional day for any reason, regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused.
    • In accordance with the OCRs’ guidance, a student is absent if he or she is o Not physically on the school grounds o Not participating in classroom instruction o Not participating in instruction-related activities at an approved off-grounds location for the school day

    How often are school districts required to report chronic absenteeism?

    School districts are required to report chronic absenteeism every school year.

    What grade levels are reported for chronic absenteeism?

    Chronic Absenteeism will be reported for students in grades K–12. There are no age exemptions.

    Are there a minimum number of days a student must be enrolled before he/she is counted in the chronically absent data set?

    Yes, a student must be enrolled a minimum of ten days to be included in the chronic absenteeism data set.



    Are the chronic absenteeism reporting requirements different from the truancy reporting requirements?

    Yes. The chronic absenteeism report will include all students who have accumulated a minimum of 10% absences (excused and unexcused) during their enrollment period. The truancy report will only include students, between the ages of 6–17, who have accumulated three consecutive unlawful (unexcused) absences or a total of five unlawful (unexcused) absences.

    Will the chronic absenteeism reporting requirements impact the truancy reporting requirements?




    Grades K - 12




    Chronic Absenteeism                                           


    • Counts all absences; excused, unexcused & suspensions

    • Emphasizes academic impact of missed days

    • Uses community based, positive strategies

    • Counts only unexcused absences

    • Emphasizes academic impact*

    • Relies on interventions and legal solutions*

    • Emphasizes compliance with attendance rules

    • Emphasizes the economic implications


    Bamberg School District Two



Parents & Students

  • Dear Parents and Students:

    The safety of our students continues to be of utmost importance. Schools that are safe and productive for all students lead to the foundation of high expectations and increased academic performance. As this year begins, let me again remind you of the district’s policies and expectations for school safety.

    The School Resource Officer helps monitor the buildings and grounds, and ensures that students are protected and safe at all times. Safety cannot be compromised. We must provide a safe environment for students, faculty and staff. Therefore, students must acknowledge and abide by the policies, rules and regulations that govern the process of safety.

    There are legal restrictions on smoking in school and on the school grounds. There are also regulations on respecting teachers and administrators, and laws prohibiting drug use, consuming alcoholic beverages, and bringing weapons to school. None of these activities help student learning and they often cause behavior that is not helpful to receiving a good education. Students that violate legal restrictions, including the use of marijuana, other drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, or possession of weapons, shall not be allowed to remain in school or attend alternative school.

    There is to be no fighting or bullying in the schools, on the school grounds or on buses. Nothing can happen between two people that cannot be settled in a rational, peaceful, and productive manner. We have a school resource officer, counselors, peer mediators, teachers, and principals who are willing to help in all situations. Student conduct is a reflection on the school and we must have a wholesome, positive attitude to perpetuate learning.

    The Board of Trustees supports the district’s policies and rules and will uphold the laws that govern our schools. Above all, everyone who attends Bamberg School District Two has a right to be secure in his or her own body and property. Bullying and the use or possession of illegal substances or weapons will not be tolerated. We must respect each other and each other’s property.

    Please be assured that we take all precautions to provide safety for our students, faculty and staff. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


    Dr. Thelma F. Sojourner



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  • Dear Parent/Guardian:

    As you may be aware, the South Carolina Read to Succeed Act, which became law in 2014, aims to improve literacy and reading proficiency for all children in our state. The law includes some significant changes regarding promotion and retention of third grade students. Please note, these changes do not take effect until the 2017-2018 school year. The 2016-17 school year's second grade students will be the first group of third grade students to be impacted by this portion of the Read to Succeed legislation.

    The law states, "Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, a student must be retained in the third grade if the student fails to demonstrate reading proficiency at the end of third grade as indicated by scoring at the lowest achievement level on the state's summative reading assessment that equates to Does Not Meet on the South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Assessments (SCREADY).." There are a number of exceptions to this requirement in the law. Your child's principal will be able to discuss these exceptions with you.

    Please be assured that our district's goal is for all students to be proficient readers in the third grade and for no student to be retained for failing to demonstrate reading proficiency. The district is putting supports in place to improve student success. These supports may include additional instructional time, small group and individualized instruction, and targeted interventions. Classroom teachers and school administrators are receiving specialized literacy training and support from the school-based reading coach and consultants.

    If you have questions or need additional information, please contact your child's principal or your child's teacher. You can also find information about Read to Succeed on the South Carolina Department of Education web page


    Read to Succeed Frequently Asked Questions

    Act 284, Read to Succeed legislation, was created in 2015 to address literacy performance in South Carolina and put in place a comprehensive system of support to ensure SC students graduate on time with the literacy skills they need to be successful in college, careers and citizenship. Act 284 provides for a strong assessment and intervention system for students kindergarten through twelfth grade with a goal of all students becoming proficient readers by the end of third grade.

    Read to Succeed Frequently Asked Questions(PDF 102 KB -12/08/2016)

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