Registration in the School District of Pickens County
Registration and Enrollment Q&A
Registration and Enrollment Q&A
The information in this Q&A can also be found in the student parent handbook. Students receive a copy of the handbook at registration, and it can also be found on our website under the Students link.
How do I find out what school my child/children will attend?
The school locator system on the School District of Pickens County website (www.pickens.k12.sc.us--Our Schools—School Locator) assists parents in finding the school their student(s) will attend. Before using the School Locator system, please carefully read the guidelines on the School Locator page.
Where do I register my child for school?
Registration for all students is conducted at the assigned school based on your current Pickens County address.
How old does my child have to be to enroll in the School District of Pickens County for the first time?
- A child who is four years old on or before September 1, 2013 may register for four-year-old kindergarten. Each student is screened; only qualified students are accepted into the program
- A child who is five years old on or before September 1, 2013 can register for five-year-old kindergarten.
What are the requirements for enrolling my child in the School District of Pickens County for the first time?
- A copy of the student’s state-issued birth certificate must be provided to the school at the time of enrollment. Hospital birth reports are not acceptable. If necessary, duplicate birth certificates can be obtained from local county health departments or the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Vital Records and Public Health Statistics Division at 2600 Bull Street, Columbia, South Carolina, 29201 or from a similar agency in the state of the child’s birth.
- A valid South Carolina Certificate of Immunization must be presented for all students prior to their enrollment.
- Schools may ask for a student’s Social Security number. However, by federal law, schools cannot require that a Social Security number be provided.
- For a student who is transferring from another school or school district, a transfer/withdrawal form and a copy of the student’s last report card should be provided to the school at the time of enrollment. Official transcripts are requested by mail and sent directly to the school. A hand-carried copy will not constitute an official transcript.
- In cases where a student’s parents are divorced and/or legally separated, the court order granting custody must be presented to school personnel and issues addressed prior to enrollment. In addition, a step-parent is NOT to be listed on enrollment forms UNLESS he/she has legal responsibility for the student by an order of the court.
- In the case of guardianship (not to be confused with parental custody), a copy of the court order establishing the guardianship must be approved by and filed at the school district’s Office of Student Services, 1348 Griffin Mill Road, Easley, S.C. 29640. Enrollment will not be permitted until the appropriate guardianship has been established and the document is on file. No handwritten “consent” from a parent will be accepted – whether or not it is notarized. Guardianship for enrollment purposes must be granted by order of the court. It should be noted that by common law, the mother has sole and exclusive custody of a child born out of wedlock.
- A state affidavit can only be used for enrollment in specific circumstances as set forth by state law. This affidavit must be executed before enrollment and notarized by an official in the district’s Office of Student Services.
- A correct “911” address (proof of residence) MUST be provided at the time of enrollment. A post office box may be provided for mailing purposes only. A home address is required as well as a current home telephone number and daytime telephone numbers for emergency purposes. Parents are advised to notify the school immediately if their phone numbers change.
- Documents showing proof of residence are listed above under “What documents qualify as proof of residence?”
When do students register?
Elementary and middle school students can meet their teachers and see their classrooms at Meet the Teacher events. High school students will register, pick up schedules, pay fees and pick up text books at registration.
What do students need at Meet the Teacher or registration?
- Database Verification Form & Medical Update Form
Prior to registration, high school students will receive these forms through the mail. On each form, the student should fill in missing information or make corrections and then follow the instructions. Turn these forms in at registration.
Forms for elementary and middle school students will be available at Meet the Teacher. The parent or guardian will fill in missing information or make corrections and leave the forms at the school.
- Proof of Residence
When a student begins kindergarten, sixth grade and ninth grade, proof of Pickens County residence
is required. Liberty Middle fifth graders must also provide proof. Additionally, proof is also required when a student first enrolls at any new school.
Acceptable proof is a current electricity, gas, water or cable/satellite bill in the parent/guardian’s name. The bill must show the service address. If a bill in the parent/guardian’s name is not available, an Affidavit of Residence is required. Schools have instructions for completing an affidavit.
SDPC does not charge instructional fees; however, each high school student will pay a class fee of $5.00. The class fee is used for activities such as homecoming, prom, senior events, 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.
Where will students and families find supply lists?
Supply lists will be posted on each school’s website. Check there to find what supplies will be needed.
How do families apply for free and reduced meals?
Qualifying students receive free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. This year, families can complete the required application online, allowing them to receive benefits faster if they are eligible. Families may apply anytime after July 19 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.
How do parents and family members become volunteers?
We support and encourage volunteerism in our schools. Each volunteer who will have direct contact with students must complete an annual online application through KeepnTrack, receive initial training from a district school, and submit to a national background check once every three years. The volunteer must pay the $25 cost of the background check.
Staff members will be available at Meet the Teacher and registration events to help volunteers with applications. We also encourage applicants who have not had a background check within the last two years to pay the $25 at that time. Please make checks payable to the school.
Can students and families receive updated information during the summer?
We continuously update our websites with news and events. By creating an account on your school’s website, you can receive a daily email notification. Announcements posted to websites during the summer will be included in the email.
During the school year, the daily email notification combines teacher, school and district announcements along with assignments and information teachers post to their calendars. If you have more than one student, you can use the “Combined Calendars” feature to view all assignments and activities for your entire family at once.
Go to www.pickens.k12.sc.us and click on Families & Communities/Parent Communications for information and instructions.
Also, principals will send ParentLink messages with reminders and updates. Make sure that the school has your correct contact information. If your information has changed, notify the school immediately. You will receive information only if we have correct information.