Face covering information

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As many of you may be aware, Governor McMaster issued an executive order this afternoon related to face coverings. Since that order has been issued, we have also received additional guidance from the South Carolina State Department of Education.

This afternoon, the following was issued to superintendents from Ryan Brown, the Chief Communications Officer with the South Carolina State Department of Education:

District Superintendents,

This evening Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2021-23, attached, that has language pertaining to the use of face coverings in South Carolina public schools. Due to the lateness of the Order, the legal ambiguities, and the absence of a DHEC opt-out form, the state face-covering guidelines will remain in effect until such time as the agency has the opportunity to confer with legal counsel and provide further guidance.

As noted in the Order, face-covering requirements as they relate to students and staff on school buses have not changed as a result of President’s Executive Order No. 13998 (Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel) (Jan. 21, 2021); CDC Order Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 C.F.R. §§ 70.2, 71.31(b), 71.32(b) (Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs) (Jan. 29, 2021).

Ryan Brown
Chief Communications Officer
South Carolina Department of Education

Based on these directions from the Department of Education, we will continue to require face coverings for students and staff while we await further guidance on implementing this executive order. Again, the Lancaster County School District will require face coverings for students and staff while we await further guidance on implementing this executive order.

Governor McMaster’s spokesperson, Brian Symmes, said existing rules requiring students to wear masks may remain in place until the form for parents is developed.

As soon as we have more information and guidance, we will send out another phone message and email, as well as post information on our website and social media pages.