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September 30, 2021 Update
Beginning, Thursday, September 30, 2021, Richland Two will again require students and staff to wear face coverings in schools. The face covering requirement is consistent with the district’s practice of following the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) regarding mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in schools when not prevented by state or federal law.
Per administrative rule ADD-R, employees and students will wear a face covering while in indoor common areas (e.g., main office, lobby, hallway, workroom, cafeteria, etc.); while in classrooms, while on district transportation, while attending a school/district related event/activity (e.g., athletic event, performance, field trip, etc.); and while conducting business on behalf of the district (e.g. conducting a home visit, supervising athletic events, etc.). The requirement also applies to visitors while at school/district facilities in indoor common areas (e.g., main office, lobby, hallway, workroom, cafeteria, etc.), while in classrooms, while on district transportation, and while attending a school/district related activity/event (e.g., athletic event, performance, field trip, etc.).
As was the case last year, there will be exceptions for students including when:
- Actively eating/drinking
- During the administration of medication
- Physical distancing is in place
- As directed by a staff member or administrator (e.g, designated mask breaks)
Requiring masks, in addition to the existing Health and Safety Protocols already in place, strengthens Richland Two’s ability to fulfill our most important obligation to our families — and that is — providing a safe and healthy learning environment for all students.