KCSD Face Mask Policy
Effective 25 July 2020, Updated 4 April 2021 *
To coincide with its reopening response plan, the Kershaw County School District is releasing face mask requirements for the 2020-21 school year. The more people a student or staff member interacts with, and the longer that interaction is, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the risk of COVID-19 spread increases in school settings when there are in-person classes that do not allow for social distancing. We can reduce the risk by keeping groups of students together with the same teacher (when possible) throughout the course of the day, stagger scheduling, and reduce class sizes.
Based on updated CDC guidance released on 4/27/21, KCSD has modified its face mask protocol for outdoor activities. Effective immediately, wearing a face mask is optional when persons are outdoors on school property.
With this in mind, the following guidelines have been established for the Kershaw County School District:
- Face masks will be required any time social distancing is not possible.
- Face masks will be required for all faculty, staff, and volunteers as well as anyone in KCSD facilities.
- Face masks use will be required for students in grades PK through 12th.
- Face masks will also be required on all KCSD school and activity buses.
- Face masks for students need to adhere to the student dress code policy and need to cover the student's nose and mouth with straps that go behind the ears. Gaiter-style face coverings are acceptable for students; face shields are not.
Exemptions will be made for persons:
- With existing medical conditions,
- During strenuous activities, or
- While eating and drinking.
The following PPE will be provided:
- KCSD will provide a cloth mask to each student and each faculty and staff member.
- KCSD will provide a face shield for every teacher.
- The SC Department of Education has provided five masks for each bus driver.
- We will keep a limited supply of disposable masks on hand.
COVID-19 is mostly spread by respiratory droplets released when people talk, cough, or sneeze. It is thought that the virus may spread to hands from a contaminated surface and then to the nose or mouth, causing infection. Therefore, personal prevention practices such as washing hands, staying home when sick, and ensuring proper environmental cleaning of physical spaces are essential.
- South Carolina Department of Education Face Covering Guidelines for K-12 Public Schools
- CDC Guidance for K-12 School Administrators on the Use of Cloth Face Coverings in Schools