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Charleston Co. School District begins mandatory mask term


CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – The Charleston County School District has said it will begin enforcing a mandatory mask mandate for all students, teachers and staff inside schools.

The mask’s term begins Monday, but Charleston County School Board Chairman Reverend Eric Mack said students will have a reasonable opportunity to comply with the warrant. He says those who refuse to wear a mask will receive virtual instructions from their homes until at least October 15.

“Our intention is not to deprive any student of an education,” Mack said. “But, we cannot continue to allow unmasked people in schools where masked students who cannot or have not been vaccinated are at greater risk of the spread of COVID. “

The district has established a schedule for the application of the mask and what happens to students who do not comply:

  • Monday: Conference held with the student to discuss the ADD policy and next steps in the event of non-compliance. The student stays in class. Oral and written notice to parent confirming masks are required until October 15, 2021 as per ADD board policy.
  • Tuesday: Students will be allowed to enter the building and will be escorted to the monitored location for virtual learning. Verbal and written notification that continued non-compliance with the ADD policy will result in the student not being permitted to attend school in person from September 22 to October 15 or as determined by entry date current ADD policy. * Parents / guardians of students with IEP / 504 will receive notification of a special review meeting.
  • Wednesday: Students will be sent home. Oral and written notification to parent that due to non-compliance with ADD policy, student is not permitted to attend school in person until October 15 or as determined by the effective date of the ADD policy.
  • September 23 to October 15: students will be sent home. Oral and written notification to parent that due to non-compliance with ADD policy the student is not permitted to attend school in person from the current date through October 15 or as determined by the date of entry into force of the ADD policy.

Mack says students with religious, medical or developmental exemptions will still be able to attend classes even if they are not wearing a mask.

This mask requirement comes despite state law saying school districts cannot use state funds to enforce mask requirements.

Mack says the district plans to use reserve funds to pay the salaries of those enforcing the mandate, not state funds.

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