During the pandemic, the district discovered that having staggered times between the start of the school day for each level (Elementary, Middle and High) had multiple benefits:
- Allows for elementary students NOT to ride buses with secondary students (except for a few isolated areas).
- Allows for students to report directly to classrooms upon arrival, This contributes to fewer discipline issues and allows time for students to build relationships with their teachers.
With dismissal, the district plans to stagger times to a) allow transportation to complete elementary bus routes before picking up secondary students and b) to enable parents picking up via car line time to travel to multiple sites.
With this in mind, Pickens High School will have a start time of 8:45 AM and a dismissal time of 3:15 for all students.