Visit Our New Website
Beginning the week of July 1, we're switching to a new website host. You should still be able to find our district homepage at www.pickens.k12.sc.us, but if you're seeing this site, please click here to go directly to our new district site. There you'll find more information about the website transition.
Likewise, our school websites will be all new. To find your new school web site, click here.†
We hope the new sites will make you feel more informed and connected to our schools than ever.
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Reading with Josie
When Nancy Couch retired from Pickens Elementary School last June, she told the staff it wouldn’t be long before she came back… this time, as a volunteer with a couple of loving therapy dogs! Organized by PES guidance counselor Dawn Powell, “Reading with Josie” is a program that allows selected students to spend time improving their reading skills and self-confidence by reading aloud to certified therapy dogs. The dogs lend a caring, nonjudgmental ear to students who may be intimidated to read aloud in a class full of classmates. It’s a welcome sight to see Ms. Couch walking Shay, a Sheltie, and Josie, a golden retriever, down the hallways of Pickens Elementary. We are excited about this new program and hope that it will help our students gain confidence in reading.
Volunteers & Training
We support and encourage volunteerism in our schools. Volunteers work in cooperation with schools to help meet the needs of the children and the school staff and to represent the community in fulfilling its responsibility to the schools beyond merely tax support. Volunteers supplement and complement the work of the classroom teacher. Volunteers make a difference to many people—children, families, teachers, and the entire community. Volunteers give students a chance to see parents and other interested citizens involved in school activities in a helping relationship.
Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must receive training from a district school and submit to a Sex Offenders Registry check. Volunteer training will address bloodborne pathogens, sexual harassment, and volunteer procedures at the local school. At each training, each volunteer will be given a flier outlining important facts on bloodborne pathogens, SDPC's policy on sexual harassment, and the SDPC volunteer policy. .
All volunteer training will be conducted at schools. Check with your local school if you need to be volunteer trained. A training session schedule is available on our district website. Please note: it is important for you to get your training early in the year while there are numerous sessions available to accommodate your schedule. You may attend a training session at any of the schools in our district. Before you attend volunteer training, please scroll below to Resources for SDPC Volunteers, then click on SDPC Volunteer/Chaperone Application. Complete the application, sign it, date it, print it out, and bring the application to the volunteer training.
Volunteers who have had the training in past years are required to renew their eligibility each year by updating their application and attending an annual volunteer training session. To renew your volunteer eligibility, please scroll below to Resources for SDPC Volunteers, then click on the SDPC Volunteer /Chaperone Application. Complete the application, sign it, date it, print it out, and bring the application to the volunteer training at your school. At that time, the volunteer liaison/coordinator will review your application to ensure that everything is up to date.
Individuals who volunteer only as test monitors are required to complete an application but are not required to attend a training session.