McMaster, Spearman

SC Gov. McMaster (center) and Superintendent of Schools Molly Spearman (right)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) -- On Friday State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman announced that masks will be required in the state's public school facilities.

Spearman said the face mask requirement is for both students and staff in schools.

She also announced the approval of thirty six additional school district reopening plans as well as approval of the reopening plans for the two residential Governor's Schools who will both return with hybrid face to face and virtual options. 

The thirty six school districts whose reopening plans were approved Friday are:

  • Anderson School District One
  • Anderson School District Two
  • Anderson School District Three
  • Anderson School District 4
  • Bamberg School District One
  • Bamberg School District 2
  • Williston School District 29 (Barnwell 29)
  • Barnwell School District 45
  • Charleston County School District
  • Cherokee County School District
  • Chesterfield County School District
  • Clarendon School District One
  • Clarendon County School District Three
  • Dillon School District Three
  • Dillon School District Four
  • Dorchester School District Two
  • Dorchester School District Four
  • Florence Public School District One
  • Florence County School District Four
  • Florence County School District Five
  • Georgetown County School District
  • Hampton County School District 2
  • Jasper County School District
  • Laurens County School District 55
  • Lee County School District
  • Marion County School District (Marion 10)
  • Marlboro County School District
  • McCormick County School District
  • Richland County School District One
  • Spartanburg School District One
  • Spartanburg School District Three
  • Spartanburg School District Four
  • Spartanburg School District Five
  • Spartanburg School District Six
  • Spartanburg School District 7
  • Union County Schools

The SCDE is in the process of reviewing the remaining plans that have been submitted to the agency and hopes to have all plans approved by next week. 

Tim Waller with Greenville Co. Schools says they already were approved for their re-opening plan, which had students wearing face masks. State officials have made the exception for the district to continue with that plan.

“Grades two through 12; so, younger students 4K, kindergarten and first grade would be exempt from wearing a mask because CDC guidelines say that children in that age group, it might be very difficult to keep a mask on them,” he told us.

Over in Pickens County, a plan was approved for students in grades 3-12 to wear face masks. Now, they will require all students to wear one in accordance with the state requirement.
Pickens schools officials say parents should help students understand this change.
“Really, we as parents set that tone. So, I would encourage parents now to set a positive tone, helping kids understand," said John Eby with SDPC.

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