The district’s 26 schools – including five new schools -- are preparing to open their doors for registration and Meet the Teacher events.
According to Building Program Administrator Bob Folkman, Chastain Road Elementary, Dacusville Elementary, Liberty High, Pickens County Career & Technology Center and Pickens High School are all on schedule to open to students on Tuesday, September 6.
“We open five beautiful, state-of-the art schools in September, making this one of the most exciting and memorable years in our history when,” said Dr. Henry Hunt, superintendent.
“We are well on our way to providing every Pickens County student with facilities that offer equal instructional opportunities and learning environments. Taxpayers have invested in safe, secure facilities that promote the highest standards in teaching and learning, and I believe they will be very proud of their investment. I also believe, as many community leaders do, that these educational facilities will strengthen the recruitment of business and industry to Pickens County.”
Registration for High School Students
Students at Liberty and Pickens high schools will see their new schools for the first time when they register for the upcoming school year.
Registration at the two new high schools and at Daniel High will begin on Monday, August 22 and continue through Thursday, August 25. Easley High registration begins a week earlier on Monday, August 15 and continues through Wednesday, August 17.
Daniel, Liberty and Pickens High will hold registration from noon to 6 p.m. on the following days for the following grades:
For seniors at the three schools, registration will be held Monday, August 22. Juniors can register at the three schools on Tuesday, August 23.
Sophomores will register on Wednesday, August 24.
Freshmen will register on Thursday, August 25 and a Make-Up Registration Day will be held for those three schools on Monday, August 29.
For Easley High School students, registration begins the week of August 15 from noon to 6 p.m. Seniors and Juniors register at EHS on Monday, August 15. Sophomores register on Tuesday, August 16. Freshmen register at EHS on Wednesday, August 17. A Make-Up Registration Day will be held at Easley High School Monday, August 23.
Prior to the scheduled dates, each high school student will be mailed a registration packet containing a Database Verification Form and a Medical Update Form.
On each form, the student should fill in missing information or make corrections and then follow the instructions.
Both forms are to be returned to the school during registration. Students will also pick up schedules, pay fees and pick up text books at registration. Students moving from middle school to high school must also provide proof of residence.
Meet the Teacher at Elementary and Middle Schools
Elementary and middle school students will have the opportunity to meet their teachers and see their classrooms at Meet the Teacher events. All elementary schools will host Meet the Teacher events on Thursday, September 1 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Middle schools will hold Meet the
Teacher events according to the schedule below:
Dacusville Middle School, All Grades: Tuesday, August 30, from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Edwards Middle School 6th Grade,, Tuesday, August 30, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Edwards Middle School, 7th and 8th Grade, Monday August 29, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Gettys Middle School, 6th Grade Tuesday, August 30, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Gettys Middle School 7th and 8th Grades, Monday, August 29, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.,
Liberty Middle School, All Grades, Tuesday, August 30, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Pickens Middle School All Grades, Tuesday, August 30, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Simpson ACE, Tuesday, August 30, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
At Meet the Teacher events, each elementary and middle school student will receive a registration packet containing a Database Verification Form and a Medical Update Form.
The parent or guardian will fill in missing information or make corrections and leave the forms at the school. Students moving from elementary to middle school must also provide proof of residence.
Important information needed for the start of school is outlined below.
Back-to-school information and the student/parent handbook with additional details are available on the district website at www.pickens.k12.sc.us.
Proof of Residence
Students must reside in Pickens County with their parent or legal guardian in order to be eligible for enrollment in the School District of Pickens County.
To ensure that students are eligible for enrollment, the district requires the parent/guardian to furnish proof of residence in Pickens County (1) upon initial enrollment at any school; (2) when a student moves from elementary to middle school; and (3) when a student moves from middle school to
In addition, a principal may require that the parent(s)/guardian(s) provide proof to verify the location of their residence at any time.
Documents, which may be used for this purpose, are as follows:
• a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s current monthly utility bill (electricity, gas, water, etc.) showing the correct billing name and service address; or
• a copy of the parent’s/guardian’s current cable television or satellite service bill, as long as it shows the service address and billing address.
Landline telephone bills, cellular telephone bills and pager bills are NOT accepted as proof of residence because those bills do not show a service address.
Instructional fees are not be charged; however, each student in grades 9-12 will pay a class fee of $5.00 to be used for class activities such as homecoming, prom, senior activities, and graduation expenses.
Additionally, fees are necessary for some courses or optional special activities such as school pictures, yearbooks, newspapers, and some career center courses.
Free and Reduced Price Meals
Qualifying students receive free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.
Families can complete the required application online, allowing them to receive benefits faster if they are eligible. Families may apply anytime after July 1 by visiting our Student Nutrition Services website at http://www.sdpcnutrition.com.
In addition, staff members will be available at Meet the Teacher and registration events to help with online applications. Families must bring the following: (1) family case number if receiving food stamps; (2) payroll check stub to provide gross income; (3) Social Security number of adult signer. Paper applications will also be available.
Only one completed application listing all family members is needed to determine the status for all students in the family. Applicants will be notified in writing concerning their children’s eligibility.
According to South Carolina state law, every student must present a valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization showing the minimum immunization requirements when initially enrolling. If the student is entering from another South Carolina school, he/she must submit an immunization record at registration. Students from out-of-state have thirty (30) days to comply. Failure to comply will result in disenrollment.
The minimum immunization requirements are as follows:
• Grades K5 – 7: Four (4) doses of any combination of DTP, DT, DTP-Hib, DtaP, or Td vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday Grades 8 – 12: Three (3) doses of any combination of DTP, DT, DTP-Hib, DtaP, or Td vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday
• Three (3) doses of any combination of oral or inactivated Polio vaccine with at least one (1) dose received on or after the fourth birthday
• Two (2) doses of Rubeolo (Measles) vaccine with both doses received on or after the first birthday and separated by at least one month
• One (1) dose of Rubella (German Measles) vaccine received on or after the first birthday
• One (1) dose of Mumps vaccine received on or after the first birthday
• One (1) dose of Varicella vaccine received on or after the first birthday or positive history of disease for all children in K5 through grade 11
• Three (3) doses of Hepatitis B
Certificates of Immunization can be obtained from the Pickens County Health Department at 200 McDaniel Avenue in Pickens or from a private physician.
Supply lists should be posted on each school’s website. Parents should check the appropriate website to find what supplies will be needed.