School Facts

 Mrs. Jamie Pinckney, Principal
Mrs. Marva Neal, Assistant Principal

53 Cherry Point Road
Okatie, SC 29909

School Phone Number: 843-322-7700

School Fax Number: 843-322-7710
Website: www.oes.beaufort.k12.sc.us

Start-end times

Okatie Elementary parents are reminded that our school schedules will be changed for the 2016-17 academic year that begins Monday, August 15. 

Classes will begin each morning at 7:45 a.m., and our doors will open each morning at 7 a.m.

Students will be dismissed each afternoon at 2:45 p.m. and must be picked up by 3 p.m.  Our OWL (Our Way to Learn) after-school program offers supervised care from 3-5 p.m. and will begin on September 6.  Interested parents should call the school office at 843-322-7700.  


MAIN OFFICE

  • Parents/visitors must use the front door and are required to sign in.  You will need a picture ID to sign in if you plan to visit a classroom or academic area past the main office. 
  • For text message updates regarding cancellations or late buses please register at https://www.Remind101.com .
  • How to sign up for Principal Pinckney's Okatie notifications:                               
  • Text @oka to (720) 924-4074 or                    
  • Email oka@mail.remind101.com
  • School email address is – OES.school.office@beaufort.k12.sc.us
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    Absence: 

    • If your child is absent from school a parent or doctor excuse is required.
    • More than 10 unexcused absences may result in retention.
    • Please do not schedule vacation time during the school year.
    •  If a child has three (3) consecutive, or five (5) total unlawful absences they are considered truant. A student attendance contract will be developed and signed by the parent, principal and school social worker.
    • If additional unlawful absences occur, a Truancy Hearing may be required.  Absences affect learning and our State School Report Card.  Send your student to school unless he or she is sick.

    Tardiness/Early Leaves

    • The school day ends at 2:45, plan appointments after school please.
    • Any changes to the way your child goes home MUST be in writing.
    • Email EMERGENCY changes to OES.school.office@beaufort.k12.sc.us
    • You must bring in a signed note from the doctor documenting an early leave or late arrival for it to be excused. 
    • After a student accumulates a total of five or more unexcused late arrivals and/or early leaves this will count as 1 day of absence for your student regardless of the accumulated amount of time. 
    • Students will not be signed out after:2:15 p.m. due to transitions, instruction, and announcements.  When parents sign students out early this disrupts the learning for all!
    • Volunteers are asked to not sign their students out prior to the end of school.  Thank you for your help!

     

    VISITORS

    • Visitors are always welcome at Okatie Elementary.
    • Classroom observations require a 24 notice to the teacher.  Please contact an administrator to schedule. 
    • All visitors must have a valid driver’s license to scan for access into the building and wear a visitor’s badge.
    • Parents should not walk their student to class after the first two weeks.  This is to reduce disruption to learning and to help your child separate from you. 
    • This is a smoke free campus Please do not smoke on our campus. 
    • Cellphones should not be used when visiting classrooms or eating lunch with your student.  Be respectful of students and staff. 

     

    Volunteer Applications

    http://oes.beaufort.k12.sc.us/

    Volunteers are always needed to assist with shelving books in the library, chaperoning field trips, mentoring a student or assisting with clerical tasks in the office. 

    Volunteers must re-apply each year to participate in school activities.