South Carolina requires use of mask in public schools
South Carolina State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced the approval of a total of 67 school district reopening plans in this report, along with a mandatory mask requirement.
Two residential governor’s schools were also approved, both returning with hybrid, face-to-face and virtual options. Spearman has also imposed a face mask requirement for students and staff at all public schools in South Carolina, following a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) purchases and supplies five sheet masks for each teacher, bus driver, caretaker, and catering employee. Face masks have already been purchased for students and staff attending Academy Recovery Camps, a four-week camp over the summer to help students catch up with their classes. Masks will also be readily available on school buses, as masks must also be worn on board.
The SCDE also worked with the State Department of Administration and Emergency Management to place large orders for masks, face shields, gowns, gloves, “flexiglass”, disinfectant for children. hands and other protective equipment for school districts.
“As we prepare to welcome students and teachers back to South Carolina classrooms for face-to-face instruction, it is imperative that we implement proven measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus ”, says Spearman. “Requiring the use of face masks for everyone in our school buildings in combination with other mitigation tactics will help ensure that we have safe learning environments even when optimal social distancing is not possible. . “
The SCDE is asking for five additional days of face-to-face assessment at the start of the 2020-2021 school year for all students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. The face mask requirement will begin when students and staff return for Learn, Evaluate, Analyze and Prepare (LEAP) teaching days added.
LEAP days should consist of clear plans to document activities and desired outcomes. These activities may include reviewing previous content and skills, diagnostic activities, data analysis, social and emotional preparation, reviewing individual education programs, establishing routines and procedures, and professional development.
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Meanwhile, approved school districts must offer students the option of returning to campus face-to-face in small groups or 100% virtual learning at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, including the opening is scheduled for September 8. Plans should also include a timeline for the eventual return to a full five-day face-to-face teaching model as well as establishing how quality teaching from a wide range of student services will be. provided.
“Unlike emergency distance learning that was required during COVID-19 school closures, students participating in virtual options will have a daily teaching schedule, receive frequent feedback from teachers, and face standards. high to get passing marks, “the SCDE said in a statement.
The SCDE is reviewing the remaining plans that have been submitted to the agency and hopes that all school district plans will be approved by next week.