Pickens County schools will open on a 2-hour delay on Friday, November 18, due to heavy smoke from forest fires. Attendance will be optional. Morning 4K classes are canceled.
We expect the current large-scale burnout operation on the Pinnacle Mountain Fire to create heavy smoke, which will combine with existing air pollutants to create dangerous air quality conditions in parts of the county, especially in the morning. Parents have the discretion to keep their children home from school all day, and all absences will be excused.