SCHOOLS CLOSED

SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
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Updated March 18, 2020 - 3:30 p.m. The School District of Pickens County is making preparations for supporting students and families during the statewide school closure due to coronavirus (COVID-19). We will be sending daily updates this week as we adjust to this change. Please keep in mind that state and national guidance is changing constantly.


Información en español para el 18 de marzo.

Note that all information is subject to change depending on state and national guidance for group sizes and social distancing.

 

Personal Belongings, Medication, and Chromebooks

 

Schools will be open Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to allow students to pick up medication, belongings, and Chromebooks. Students and parents will be monitored by a staff member if entering the building. Please be prepared for potential wait times as we limit the number of visitors in the building at a time.

 

Food Service

 

SDPC is offering free curbside pickup of breakfast and lunch for anyone under the age of 18 (and special needs adults up to age 21) on school days (Mon.-Fri.)at the following locations:

  • Central Academy of the Arts
  • Chastain Road Elementary
  • Dacusville Elementary
  • McKissick Academy of Science & Technology
  • Pickens Elementary
  • West End Elementary

Breakfast will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The student must be present for the meal to be served.

We are working on a plan for delivering food via school buses, which we expect to begin next Monday. We are also partnering with churches and community centers to set up additional service sites. We will communicate more about our delivery plan later in the week. 

 

Expectations for Digital Learning

 

Teachers will make contact with students who are in their homerooms or advisor groups by Friday at 3 PM to check on students’ needs whether that may be supplies, technology, food, social-emotional support, etc. Teachers will report these needs to their principal. We are not requiring teachers to begin digital instruction until Monday. However, teachers who already have digital learning plans in place may continue with what they have communicated with students.  If you are looking for optional educational lessons to complete with your child, visit our Digital Learning Day Instructional Resources Site.


Our teachers will use a combination of live video, online assignments and paper assignment packets to continue instruction during the closure. The amount of online or paper assignments will vary by class and grade level. Specific questions about your student should be directed to your child’s teacher. Teachers of Kindergarten through 2nd grade will contact parents directly to determine which families would prefer paper or online assignments. This week, teachers are continuing to train and prepare instructional plans.

 

Internet Accessibility Options

 

For families who do not currently have home internet access, SDPC recommends the following options:

Charter Spectrum - Charter is offering free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 students who do not already have a Spectrum subscription. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.    

Hotspots - during online registration this year, parents were asked to indicate whether they had home internet access. SDPC is in the process of securing enough mobile internet hotspots for these families. Eligible parents will receive a separate email to inform them of their eligibility.  

School Parking Lots - Students can access school wifi from some of our school parking lots. Gates to our parking lots will remain open so that students can park on our properties and access school wifi. Students will not be allowed to congregate outside their vehicles. Students seen meeting outside their vehicles will be asked to leave. Students can access wifi in the parking lots of the following schools:

   

  • East End Elementary School
  • West End Elementary School
  • R.H. Gettys Middle School
  • Pickens Elementary School
  • Hagood Elementary School
  • Crosswell Elementary School
  • Six Mile Elementary School
  • Liberty Middle School
  • Daniel High School

Extracurricular Activities


All activities (sports, extracurricular events, field trips) are cancelled as long as school is cancelled.  Decisions on future activities will be made at a later date.

 

Field Trips and Travel

 

At this time, SDPC cannot guarantee refunds on field trips and travel, but we are working with schools to secure as many refunds from travel companies as possible.

Special Services

Students with IEPs will continue to receive specialized instruction from their special education teachers(s) or therapist(s).  During this time at home, it will be of utmost importance for you to stay in close contact with your child’s special education teacher and/or therapist.  Grades 3rd – 12th will be able to use chromebooks and/or ipads to access digital learning sites.   Our younger grades will be receiving printed learning packets to align with IEP goals.

Special education teachers and therapists will be available during their posted hours, and you may e-mail them if you have questions.  Please feel free to notify Special Services at 397-1005 if you need additional assistance.

School Nurses

The school nurse’s role during this time of school closure will be to keep in contact with parents to assure students have the medications and medical support that is needed. School nurses will be communicating with parents over the next several days to allow parents to pick up medications and medical supplies. If parents have no transportation, the school nurses will work with the SRO and coordinator of nursing to arrange for delivery of medications or supplies. As we move forward, school nurses will be available during scheduled office hours to communicate with parents and answer questions about student health. If you have questions, please contact your school nurse or Angela R. Watson, BSN, RN | Coordinator of Nursing at 864-397-1048.

Please continue to heed the advice of state and government officials in limiting social contact and practicing good hygiene to prevent the spread of coronavirus.