Anderson County School District Five and Pickens County School District announced on Monday they were delaying the start of the 2020-2021 school year to ensure that the learning environment is as safe as possible.
The Pickens County School District will start classes on August 24, and Anderson County School District Five will start its classes after labor day on September 8.
On Monday, Pickens County School District sent an email to parents about the delayed start date.
Pickens County School District made an announcement that aside from physical distancing masks will be required for students as well as employees for the coming school year.
“The decision to require masks was difficult but necessary. State, local, and national health guidance has been unanimous in its support for masks as a key to stopping the spread of corona-virus. This is a life-safety issue, and schools commonly require students to alter their behavior and clothing for much less serious considerations. SDPC will allow medical exemptions when approved by a physician, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.” school officials said.
As part of the safety measures for in-person classes, Anderson County School District Five will implement the following protocol and measures:
- Implementation of Social Distancing guidelines to the fullest possible extent in a school setting.
- Continuation of robust cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing routines throughout the entire school day and on into after-hours at/on each Anderson Five school campus, facility, and school bus, with priority going to high-trafficked areas and frequently encountered surfaces.
- All Anderson Five teachers and school staff have been provided with personal protective equipment including masks and/or face shields.
- While students will continue to change classes, transitions are naturally minimized on a block schedule. Students are encouraged to wear masks, especially during class changes.
- All classrooms are stocked with gloves and hand sanitizer.
- There will be no mass gatherings, no field trips, and no entry of nonessential visitors for all Anderson Five school campuses for the foreseeable future.
- Cafeteria procedures will be implemented at the discretion of each individual school principal.