Hill City Elementary To Close
Large Number of Staff impacted by COVID-19 Quarantine/Isolation


Hill City Elementary To Close

2/8/2021 ~ by Destini Shope, Director of Community Engagement and Public Relations | Pickens County School District

Hill City Elementary students will transition to distance learning on the itsLearning platform for the remainder of this week due to the large number of instructional staff who have been placed in quarantine or isolation due to COVID-19. The school has been on yellow/alert status since late last week. While we anticipated numbers to drop, that has not been the case. Instead, they have increased significantly.

Students and staff will have Winter Break the week of February 15th – 19th and no assignments will be provided during that time. In-person classes should resume at Hill City Elementary on Monday, February 22, 2021.

We will be providing daily curbside meal service at the school between 11:30 and 12:30. If you are unable to get to the school to pick up meals and need them, please email beththompson@pickenscountyschools.org by 9 a.m. daily. We will arrange to have food delivered to you.

MENU for the remainder of the week:
Tuesday- Walking Taco Bowl
Wednesday - Hot Dog with Tater Tots
Thursday - Breaded Chicken Sandwich with Mashed Potatoes
Friday - Breaded Chicken Nuggets
All lunches include fruit, vegetables and milk.

We fully understand the impact school closures have on all of our families, and we wanted to notify you all as soon as possible today so that you could secure supervision for your children. In a previous press release on January 20, we shared the following information pertaining to older siblings supervising younger siblings:

One older sibling will be allowed to transition to distance learning on the itsLearning platform in order to help with supervising the younger child at home so the parent(s) can continue to work. When choosing a sibling to be at home to supervise, we encourage parents to choose a sibling that meets the Child Supervision criteria provided by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services. Those guidelines state, “Children (13) thirteen years and older, who are at an adequate level of maturity, may be left alone and may perform the role of babysitter, as authorized by the parent, for up to twelve hours.”

If you work outside the home during the school day and need an older sibling to supervise your HCES student, you must notify the school attendance clerk at the email noted below for the older student. In the email, you will need to provide the following:

- the name of the older student providing supervision
- the grade level of the older student
- the name of the HCES student they will supervise, and
- the grade level of the HCES student

Attendance email contacts for older siblings:
For grades 9-12, email: phsattendance@pickenscountyschools.org For grades 7-8, email: pjhsattendance@pickenscountyschools.org

The older student’s attendance will not be penalized during this time; however, learning expectations and assignment due dates will continue to be in place and grades for assignments will count.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child’s teacher.