2022-2023 Return-to-School Info and Covid 19

Pickens County School District will continue its partnership with local and state health providers as we begin school for the 2021-22 year. We will continually monitor the impact any communicable disease might have on our community and should we need to take a different course of action, we will. Our goal is to provide the most current information to our families and staff. We will continue to monitor and report staff attendance on our website, located at www.pickenscountyschools.org.

If you would like to provide input on our Return to School Plan (Created 7/26/21), please use this link: https://forms.gle/9HJcLE9yyzHyUVkP8.  This plan was revised 3/31/22.

  Opening of School
Face Masks Masks are recommended for all individuals regardless of vaccination status and wearing a well-fitted mask for up to ten days after testing positive is highly recommended.
Social Distancing Traditional school setting
Screening Protocol Families and staff are expected to monitor for symptoms of any illness and take necessary precautions or seek medical care as necessary.
Sick Student / Staff Protocol Students and staff who become sick at school will go to the nurse for screening. If symptoms are significant, student/staff will be sent home.
Hygiene Practices Students will be reminded of proper hygiene practices; prevention signs displayed; hand sanitizer available throughout schools (provided by the district).
Clean/Disinfect Common touchpoints and bathrooms will be cleaned/sanitized routinely.
Meals Traditional cafeteria setting
Recess Traditional recess
Bus Transportation Buses are disinfected and cleaned routinely
Field Trips Field trips are allowed
Extracurricular and Athletic Events Follow guidelines from applicable state associations
Instructional Model Traditional face-to-face instruction for Pre-K – 12; If a student is absent for a communicable disease, the itsLearning platform will be available with instruction from their classroom teacher.
Students and Staff Testing Positive
Positive test/ with symptoms

A student/staff member who has tested positive may return to school/work after completing 5 full days of self-isolation, returning on the 6th day. The day symptoms begin is day 0 of the self-isolation.  Before returning the following criteria should be met: At least 5 days have passed since symptoms first appeared AND at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication AND Symptoms have improved. If you are uncertain which day symptoms first appeared, the day the test was administered is day 0 of the self-isolation.

Positive test/no symptoms:

A student/staff member who has tested positive may return to school/work after completing 5 full days of self-isolation, returning on the 6th day. The day the test was administered is day 0 of the self-isolation. Before returning to school/work, the following criteria should be met: At least 5 days have passed since the day the test was administered. A student/staff member who tests positive with no symptoms and later develops symptoms should restart self-isolation (The day symptoms begin is day 0 of the self-isolation).

Focus on Enhanced Cleaning Practices
PCSD will continue to focus on enhanced cleaning practices and will continue to make sanitizer available.
No Vaccine Requirement
Vaccinations are not required for employees or students but are encouraged.

Additionally

  • Any person who becomes sick while at school/work and has symptoms of infection should go to the nurse for screening. If symptoms are significant and indicate possible infection, the student/staff will be sent home.
  • Parents/guardians and staff are responsible to notify the school nurse or principal when testing positive for COVID-19.
  • If you are sick, stay home. Follow the parent tip sheet “Is your child too sick for school” which can be found on the PCSD School Health web page.