UPDATE: PHS Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19
Pickens High School Reopened
5/15/2020 ~ by Destini Shope, Director of Community Engagement and Public Relations | Pickens County School District
UPDATE: Pickens High School was closed earlier in the week for detailed cleaning due to an employee accessing the building while awaiting test results for COVID-19. It was determined later the same day that the employee tested positive although asymptomatic. The school has now been sanitized.
The district has intensified its procedures for employees and visitors who wish to enter any building, including schools. All individuals will be required to answer a questionnaire posted on the front door of each building, as well as sign-in and out if they meet entry requirements. Hand sanitizing stations have been set-up at the entrances as well. Additionally, notification of these procedures has been sent out through email to all staff.
Graduation activities will continue to take place at Dragon Stadium provided the weather cooperates Friday evening and Saturday. Volunteers and staff members will be available to assist families and graduates. The PHS Welcome Center will have specific directions when you arrive on campus.
The school district appreciates the support of its stakeholders during this time. The district will continue to adhere to health and safety precautions and guidance provided by the Department of Public Health and CDC in order to protect our students, their families, and our staff.
(5/11/2020) Pickens County School District was notified this evening that an employee of Pickens High School, who was in the building today, has since received a positive diagnosis for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, the district has immediately closed the building for extensive cleaning and will continue to follow guidance from the Department of Public Health and the CDC.
Graduation activities scheduled for this week will continue as planned. Although the staff member was not in the area planned for filming, the location of the graduation ceremony has been moved to a different section of the PHS campus and not in the main facility. We have multiple locations on campus where filming can take place if needed. Graduates, families and guests will receive specific directions regarding the location through Infinite Campus messenger and email, as well as at the Welcome Center upon arrival.
Volunteers and staff members will be available to assist families and graduates. The district will continue to be vigilant in following necessary precautions in order to maintain the health and safety of our students, their families, and our staff.