Schools closed for two weeks; Pickens man on ventilator is one of 775 confirmed cases here since outbreak began
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As COVID-19 cases surge in Pickens County, the local school district has closed all schools for two weeks and a Pickens man fights for his life against the virus at Kennestone Hospital.
On October 23rd school officials, citing a rising number of cases and more than 600 students and faculty in quarantine, made the call to close all schools for two weeks. In-person classes are scheduled to resume on Monday, November 9th.
Cat and dog merch, raffle tickets & more
Submitted by Be-Paws We Care
Are you ready for a HOWLING good time this Halloween? Then come out and join the Be-Paws We Care volunteers this Saturday at the Jasper Farmer’s Market on October 31st from 8 a.m. - noon.
Look for the Be-Paws We Care booth where we will be selling items such as t-shirts, cat and dog themed tote bags, holiday tote bags, bandanas for you and your pets – and, we will be selling tickets for our fabulous ”Spay-ghetti Spin-off” raffle items until 10 a.m. The winning number for each raffle item will be drawn at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, but
Out of an abundance of caution and based on guidance from the Department of Public Health (DPH), Pickens County School District traditional students will transition to distance learning starting Monday, October 26, 2020 through Friday, November 6, 2020. While our buildings are closed, we will perform deep cleanings. All buses will also be thoroughly cleaned.
We are making this decision with a heavy heart but with the best interest of everyone in mind. The health and safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Please use this time to social distance and help stop the spread in our community. Staff members are encouraged to avoid entering buildings unless absolutely necessary. If you do need to enter a facility, please contact the building administrator.
Additional information will be posted later today on our district website, Facebook page, and through Infinite Campus.
NOTE: Tate, Hill City, and PJHS will still be polling places on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Buildings will be cleaned before and after Election Day.
Open House Oct. 29th
On a tour of the new facility, Pickens Recycling Director Kenny Woodard, left, explains to Jeff and Pamela Wood how bales of aluminum cans and other recyclables are sold. This revenue will help the center become self-sustaining and pay for the new building.
After several months of renovations and preparations at the county’s new recycling center off Highway 515, the facility will open to the public on Friday, Oct. 30. People are invited to attend an open house and tour the new building the day before, Thursday, Oct. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Anyone, not just Pickens County residents, are able to use the facility.
The current Camp Road recycling center will close permanently at the end of business Thursday, Oct. 29.
Parents need to select traditional or virtual model for all students
The Pickens County School System is urging parents to select which model - traditional or virtual – they want their student to participate in for the second semester. Parents will make their selections on a form recently sent to all families via email. The deadline for submission is Sunday, Oct. 25.
Parents must fill out the form again this semester for every student enrolled in the system. Parents will choose the traditional in-person model or the virtual model in which students will again use the Pearson Connexus platform.