Communication

Pickens County Schools 2020-21 Return to School Plan


School Choice Plan Presentation

Pickens County Schools is dedicated to student growth and success and must also prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and greater community. We are eager to see students back in our halls, but we are aware of the concerns and questions that remain ahead.

Pickens County Schools has developed a TENTATIVE plan that includes three scenarios for returning to school for 2020-21.

  • Preferred Plan
  • Possible Plan
  • Least Ideal Plan

These plans were created using the recommendations from the Georgia Department of Education’s "Georgia's Path to Recovery for K-12 Schools".

Pickens County Schools will determine the plan based on the specific level of spread in Pickens County as determined by the Department of Public Health.

It is our responsibility as an academic institution to provide a reliable and effective learning experience for our students each year while balancing the implications of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Additional preventative measures will be implemented in schools to mitigate the spread of the virus.

More information and guidance will be shared in the coming weeks.

Preferred Plan
Low or No Spread
  • Back to school 08/03/2020
  • Staff and students return to campus
  • Preventative measures in place
  • Distance learning to support short-term health related absences
  • Optional Pickens Virtual Academy with complete online curriculum
Possible Plan
Minimal or Moderate Spread
  • Back to school 08/03/2020
  • Staff and students return to campus
  • Increased preventative measures in place
  • Distance learning to support short-term health related absences
  • Optional Pickens Virtual Academy with complete online curriculum

Other options for instruction being considered:

  • Rotating face-to-face instruction on campuses on an A/B day, or week system.
  • Rotating face-to-face instruction on campuses for K-8. Distance learning for grades 9-12.
  • Prioritized face-to-face instruction on campuses for students with digital access needs.
Least Ideal Plan
Minimal or Moderate Spread
  • Back to school 08/03/2020
  • All students (PK-12) participate in distance learning - NO students on campus
  • Schools will be closed for cleaning
  • Optional Pickens Virtual Academy with complete online curriculum