Ebola Preparedness

In an effort to be proactive and to protect our students and employees, our district has developed a plan to address concerns about the possible spread of Ebola in the United States. We have put together a plan that incorporates information from the Centers for Disease Control, Department of Health and Environmental Control, and other sources, to help make our schools as safe as possible. While no active cases of the Ebola virus have been reported in our state or across our region, we understand that there are many families that travel and our close proximity to university campuses allows us the opportunity to have students from other countries. 

Effective October 29, 2014 parents/guardians of new enrollees and all new employees to our school district will be asked to fill out a questionnaire to determine if their student is at risk or has been exposed to anyone with a risk for the Ebola virus or have traveled in an area that has been identified as a high risk location. Students and new employees identified as a health risk through that screening process will be further assessed by the school nurse (or school nurse coordinator for new employees). If after further assessment the student is considered at risk, the school nurse will notify the school principal and the coordinator of nursing and the student will not be enrolled, pending a medical clearance. If a new employee is considered at risk, the coordinator of nursing will notify the executive director of human resources and the employee will not be allowed to begin work, pending a medical clearance. The school district is also requesting students and employees that travel outside of the United States or to any area inside the United States that has been identified as an area of risk also complete a risk assessment upon returning to school/work. 

The intent of the School District of Pickens County is to protect our students and employees to the greatest extent possible using the information from SCDHEC and the CDC.