COVID-19 Info / Reopening Plan

COVID Dashboards

  • Covid-19 Case Report - As part of our commitment to transparency, we will post reports about the number of students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 .

  • SDPC Covid Dashboard - This view provides Isolation percentages per location.

Guidelines - CURRENT

Guidelines - Archived

COVID Communications / Updates

COVID Testing

Free COVID-19 Testing

We are currently providing free COVID testing for students and employees at the Pickens County Career & Technology Center, 990 Chastain Road, Liberty, SC.  Testing will be offered Monday through Friday (on school days), 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Testing will help to identify COVID cases quickly and early, which can help avoid outbreaks in our schools and workplace. An employee or student can be tested even if they don’t have symptoms. Click here for more information - https://bit.ly/3AQ01vK

Aug Precautions

Revisions

COVID Prevention Measures

The School District of Pickens County continues to take COVID-19 very seriously. Since the onset of COVID-19, we have taken steps and precautions to keep our school environments as safe as possible.

We continue to take precautionary steps to keep our schools as safe and healthy as possible. All SDPC sites continue to follow cleaning and disinfecting protocols according to SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines.

Whenever symptoms of COVID-19 appear at school, teachers will send students to the health room to be examined by the school nurse. If the school nurse believes the symptoms indicate the probability of COVID-19, parents will be notified immediately and asked to pick up the student from school. Parents should update health records, emergency phone numbers and provide the school nurse with the latest health information on students.

School nurses and a district administrator will communicate directly with the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to determine the next steps in each situation when COVID-19 symptoms are present in students or teachers. The DHEC exclusion and notification guidance will be followed, along with the DHEC re-entry guidance when a child is ready to re-enter school after being excluded for a case or symptoms of COVID-19. School nurses will comply with HIPAA regulations in the handling of COVID-19 cases.

In 2020-21, our district developed a Daily Briefing Team (DBT) that met each afternoon to review all COVID-19 activity and information daily. This provided data to make informed decisions to adjust practices. The DBT will continue to monitor COVID activity and make system-wide decisions as needed in 2021-22.

Our district feels confident with these guidelines and policies in place to ensure our students and faculties have access to a safe learning environment.

More Information

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) Act was signed into law. This legislation will award grants to state educational agencies (SEAs) for providing local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact that COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation. As detailed below, SDPC returned for in-person instruction in August 2020, therefore meeting requirements of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in section 2001(i)(3).

The Reopening details on this page describe how the district provided the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools for those that returned to in-person instruction in August 2020. This page will also detail future adjustments to this plan.

Entire Year 20-21