COVID-19 Protocols - September 29th Update

  • Members of the Kershaw County School District Community;

    COVID-19 Update from SRMany of you may be aware that a federal judge in Columbia issued an injunction Tuesday night temporarily blocking South Carolina's law preventing schools from requiring face masks as a way of limiting the spread of coronavirus, saying the rule discriminates against students with disabilities.  The temporary injunction and restraining order, specifically South Carolina’s budget Proviso 1.108, states that schools cannot use state funds allocated this fiscal year in the enactment or enforcement of mask requirements.

    So what does this mean for the Kershaw County School District?  I have advocated from the start of this school year that if we felt it necessary we wanted to be able to use all the tools in our toolbox to ensure the continuance of face to face instruction.  This would include the use of facemasks if deemed necessary. 

    However, to ensure we are consistent in our application of our protocols, we must establish metrics to serve as our benchmarks.  We will continue to let the data drive our decision making.  To establish this update to our protocols, we are assembling our health care team to look at the specific metrics we will use to make the best decisions possible for our entire community. 

    COVID-19 DashboardIn closing, I encourage you to continue to follow the protocols to safeguard your children and families as well as our school community.  One of the most important things you can do is keep your child home if they are ill.  This will assist in the spread of not just COVID-19 but multiple communicable illnesses.  Finally, you can access our COVID-19 dashboard at any time with data that is updated multiple times a day and includes each individual school location.

    Dr. Shane Robbins, ATC

Supe Chat - COVID-19 Update - August 27, 2021

2021-22 School Year Protocols

  • Updated September 9, 2021

    With the first day of school just around the corner and many new developments coming from the CDC and DHEC, we felt it important to provide guidance on our protocols for the 2021-22 school year.  As a reminder, the General Assembly adopted Proviso 1.108 (SDE: Mask Mandate Prohibition) as part of the Appropriations Bill.  With recent developments in increased community spread of COVID-19, persons may wonder what this means for the Kershaw County School District. Below is a list of protocols we will use to ensure continuity of services for our school district:

    • Facemasks remain optional for students, staff, and visitors.

    • Visitors to our buildings during the normal instructional day will be asked to coordinate with the building administration.

    • KCSD will continue to conduct temperature checks before entry into KCSD facilities.

    • Each building will continue to utilize an identified isolation room for students and staff who exhibit signs and/or symptoms.

    • Buildings and buses will be sanitized daily and hydrostatically sprayed weekly.

    • Quarantine and isolation procedures remain in place.  Updated guidance (below) includes individuals who are vaccinated.

    • Our live interactive dashboard will again be in use as we both monitor our local cases and contact trace to minimize outbreak.

    While this is less than an ideal situation to operate a school district, we are confident that our risk mitigation measures will allow us to continue to offer a high quality education to the children in our community.  We strongly encourage families to practice the most reliable ways of minimizing the spread of this virus to include washing hands, wearing facemasks (even vaccinated individuals) when and where appropriate and keeping your children home if they are not feeling well.

Updated Quarantine and Isolation Guidance (includes individuals who are vaccinated)

  • Fully vaccinated people and people verified to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days (by positive PCR or antigen test), who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, but do not have COVID-19 symptoms, do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine. Fully vaccinated individuals are encouraged to be tested 3-5 days after exposure, even if they do not have symptoms, and it is important for them to wear a mask while at school/work until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.