Pickens County Schools announced they will close all schools starting Monday, Oct. 26 through Nov. 6. Traditional students will transition to distance learning on Monday.
The decision comes after the district had 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 584 students, teachers, and staff in quarantined.
According to a press release from the system, the buildings will be deep cleaned during the closure as well as all buses.
“We are making this decision with a heavy heart but with the best interest of everyone in mind,” said Destini Shope, Director of Community Engagement and Public Relations.
The decision was based on recommendations from the Department of Public Health.
Staff members are encouraged to avoid entering the buildings unless absolutely necessary and should contact the building administrator.
Tate, Hill City, and PJHS will continue to serve as polling locations on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. Those locations will be cleaned before and after Election Day.
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