What is Career-Tech Kickoff?

Career-Tech Kickoff, 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 16, is an   opportunity for students to pick up their uniforms, tour the building to see where their classes will be and talk with teachers. This orientation is an open-house format and students and their families can arrive anytime between 5 and 7.

Can I pick up my schedule at Career-Tech Kickoff?

Yes, if you did not get your schedule at the fair, you can pick it up during Career-Tech Kickoff or on the first day of school.

When does school start?

Juniors first day is Aug. 17; seniors first day is Aug. 18. 

My home school doesn't start until after Pickaway-Ross. How do I get to school?

All home schools will provide transportation from your high school to the career center. You will need to get to your high school to catch the bus to Pickaway-Ross.

Can a family member drive me to school?

Yes, if driven to school, you can be dropped off at the front of the building.

Can I drive to school? Where do I park?

Student parking is on the east side of the building. Students will be assigned a parking pass. 

What time do I need to be at school?

The school day starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:38 p.m.

If I'm a senior, do I get new uniforms?

Yes, seniors can get those during Career-Tech Kickoff or wear a program shirt from last year and get new items on their first day.

What supplies will I need for school? 

Most programs at Pickaway-Ross do not require any supplies. There are some exceptions, such as work boots in the trade labs. Program instructors will let you know during Career-Tech Kickoff.

Do I have to pay any fees? 

Students do not pay typical school fees. However, students are required to pay membership dues for their respective career tech student organization (BPA, DECA, FCCLA, HOSA or SkillsUSA). All students are required to be a member of a CTSO. Other student organizations are optional but may be assessed additional dues to join, such as MADE and National Technical Honor Society. Dues can be paid at www.pickawayross.com. Click on the "I want to…" tab.

Are lunches free this year?

Yes, the school district will provide free meals for students through the end of the 2021-22 school year. Parents still need to complete the free lunch form that was included in the welcome packet mailed to families.

Do we have to wear masks this year?

There are currently no mask mandates for the upcoming school year, thus students will have the option to wear face coverings if they so choose (except on school transportation where it is a requirement). We do encourage all eligible students and staff members to receive the vaccine and for those who haven't been vaccinated to wear face coverings in spaces where distancing cannot be maintained.

• Go to our COVID updates page at www.pickawayross.com/updates.aspx to see 2021-22 safety protocols.

Additional (non-COVID related) questions can be directed to a student's Pickaway-Ross counselor. Contact information can be found at www.pickawayross.com/GeneralInformation.aspx.