• CCSD Board of Trustees' update on decision to require mask coverings

  • During Monday, September 13, 2021, Special Called Meeting, Charleston County School District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve reinstating Policy ADD, requiring all students, staff, and visitors on district property and transportation to wear face-coverings to help limit the spread of COVID-19.

    Enforcement of the policy will begin next Monday, September 20, and per the Board, will be done without any funds appropriated or authorized by the General Assembly's 2021-2022 Appropriations Act, through October 15, 2021.

    Please read the following statement from the CCSD Board of Trustees:

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    The CCSD Board of Trustees has mandated and will now ENFORCE the wearing of facemasks in all CCSD schools and buildings. This mandate and enforcement are for ALL persons on district property or on district transportation.

    It is our intent to enforce this policy without using funds appropriated by the 2021-2022 General Appropriations Act, which in our opinion, will keep us in compliance with State Budget Proviso 1.108. 

    The mandate’s compliance will commence on September 20, 2021, and at this time, conclude on October 15, 2021. Accordingly, the Board will affirm the conclusion date before October 15 and reserves the opportunity to make changes depending on the COVID-19 transmission rate in our school communities.

    It remains our collective opinion that wearing facemasks in school is an essential health and safety measure. Just that simple act of each of us will help prevent severe illness or death from COVID and reduce the number of students who are forced to quarantine.

    The Board hopes that the COVID transmission rate will diminish between now and October 15. It is also our hope that everyone complies with the mask requirement for the greater good of all.

    We will plan to come before you again later this week with additional details.

    Thank you.

     

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  • Actualización sobre la Decisión de la Junta de Fideicomisarios sobre Mascarillas

  • Familias de CCSD,

    Durante la Reunión Especial convocada ayer por la noche, la Junta de Síndicos del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Charleston votó para aprobar la reinstalación de la Política ADD, que requiere que todos los estudiantes, el personal y los visitantes en la propiedad y el transporte del distrito se cubran la cara para ayudar a limitar la propagación del COVID-19.

    La aplicación de la política comenzará el próximo lunes 20 de septiembre y, según la Junta, se realizará sin los fondos asignados o autorizados por la Ley de Apropiaciones 2021-2022 de la Asamblea General, hasta el 15 de octubre de 2021.

    Por favor lea la siguiente declaración de la Mesa Directiva del CCSD:

    La Mesa Directiva del CCSD ha ordenado y ahora HACER EFECTIVO el uso de mascarillas en todas las escuelas y edificios del CCSD. Este mandato y cumplimiento son para TODAS las personas en la propiedad del distrito o en transportes del distrito.

    Es nuestra intención hacer cumplir esta política sin utilizar los fondos asignados por la Ley de Asignaciones Generales de 2021-2022, que en nuestra opinión, nos mantendrá en cumplimiento con la Provisión de Presupuesto Estatal 1.108.

    El cumplimiento del mandato comenzará el 20 de septiembre de 2021 y en este momento concluirá el 15 de octubre de 2021. En consecuencia, la Junta ratificará la fecha de conclusión antes del 15 de octubre y se reserva la oportunidad de realizar cambios en función de la tasa de transmisión del COVID-19. en nuestras comunidades escolares.

    Sigue siendo nuestra opinión colectiva que usar mascarillas en la escuela es una medida esencial de salud y seguridad. Solo ese simple acto de cada uno de nosotros ayudará a prevenir enfermedades graves o la muerte por COVID y reducirá la cantidad de estudiantes que se ven obligados a poner en cuarentena.

    La Junta espera que la tasa de transmisión de COVID disminuya entre ahora y el 15 de octubre. También esperamos que todos cumplan con el requisito de la máscara para el bien de todos.

    Planeamos volver ante ustedes más adelante esta semana con detalles adicionales.

    Gracias.

  • New DHEC guidance on when to switch to virtual

  • SC DHEC released new guidelines this week with criteria for making decisions about moving schools or parts of schools temporarily to virtual learning.
     
    The following scenarios were listed in the recommendations:
    • School is unable to maintain operations with current staffing as determined by the school district, 
    • 30% or higher rate of absenteeism in the school or grade level due to COVID-19 (including students in isolation and in quarantine), 
    • 5–10% or higher of the student body is in isolation simultaneously after testing positive (or being assumed positive based on symptoms when not tested), or 
    • When discussed with and recommended by local medical and public health professionals based on the local healthcare system’s capacity. 

    LINK: SC DHEC K-12 GUIDELINES

  • Summary of CCSD Safe Return to In-Person Instruction (8/30/2021)

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    The CCSD Board of Trustees voted to instruct CCSD staff to implement a mask requirement for students, staff, and visitors inside school facilities until at least October 15, 2021. Further guidance was presented at the August 23 Board meeting, including: (1) reiterating that the statement requiring masks for students, staff, and visitors inside all schools stands as a strong and visible message about our belief that facemasks are important in the fight against COVID; (2) clarification that the district does not wish to penalize any student who does not wear a facemask by denying access to their education.

     

    • Masks will be worn on all school buses. Masks will be worn by students and staff in school health clinics and athletic training spaces.
    • Quarantine periods: 10 days for unvaccinated students identified as close contacts (within 3 feet for 15 minutes) of positive COVID cases with masks to be worn between 10 and 14 days.  (For adults, a close contact is within 6 feet for 15 minutes.)  Employees and students who have been vaccinated are not required to quarantine unless they become symptomatic.
    • Close contact is defined as having direct contact with a confirmed positive case within 3 feet or less for 15 minutes or more for students in K-12, and within 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more for adults over a 24 hour period. The following will apply to close contact and quarantine determinations:
    • If a positive student and a close contact both were wearing a mask then they must be at least 3 feet apart to avoid quarantine.
    • If the one of the involved students was not wearing a mask then they must be at least 6 feet apart to avoid quarantine. 
    • Adults (teachers and staff) must be at least 6 feet apart to avoid quarantine (mask or no mask).
    • If the teacher is positive then all distances must be 6 feet or more to avoid quarantine (mask or no mask).
    • A positive antibody test does not release a close contact from quarantine per DHEC.
    • Classroom seating for students will be spaced at least 3-feet apart.
    • School sanitization procedures include cleaning of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces twice daily. Disinfectant fogging will occur nightly in order to cover the entire building during a one-week period.
    • Schools have upgraded HVAC filters, and unit run-times will be adjusted to maximize indoor air quality.
    • Schools emphasize hand-washing, and ample supplies of hand sanitizer will be made available.
    • Some classes or activities may have time limits, extended distances, and other safety protocols determined on a case-by-case basis for safety precautions.
    • Visitors to schools will be limited and will be restricted to certain parts of the building.

     

     

    Please visit https://www.ccsdschools.com/Page/6734 to view the full plan.



  • DHEC Close Contact Scenarios

  • Close Contact Diagram
  • Indoor School Close Contact Scenarios
  • Indoor School Close Contact Scenarios
  • Indoor School Close Contact Scenarios
  • In an effort to provide additional clarification on the quarantine and close contact guidelines set forth by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) in their School Guidance Booklet that are used in our schools, we are sharing the following illustrations of various scenarios regarding the determination of close contacts when a positive case occurs


    SCDHEC K-12 Guidance Manual

  •  Sumario de Regreso Seguro CCSD para Instrucción en Persona

  • Todas las escuelas abrirán para recibir estudiantes el miércoles 18 de agosto para instruir en persona cinco días a la semana en todas las escuelas de CCSD. Lo siguiente es un sumario de los protocolos para un Regreso Seguro del Distrito:

    • Mascarillas para estudiantes, empleados, y visitantes son “encarecidas fuertemente” dentro para prevenir la propagación del COVID, pero no serán requeridas en cumplimiento con el Presupuesto Proviso SC 1.108.
    • Mascarillas serán usadas en todos los autobuses escolares, consistente con las directrices federales de transportación. Las mascarillas serán usadas por estudiantes y personal en las clínicas de salud y lugares de entrenamiento atlético.
    • Periodos de Cuarentena: 14 días para individuos sin vacunar reconocidos como contactos cercanos (dentro de 6 pies por 15 minutos) o casos positivos de COVID. Empleados y estudiantes que han sido vacunados no requerirán cuarentena a menos que demuestren ser sintomáticos. 
    • Los asientos en el salón de clase serán separados al menos 3 pies aparte.
    • Procedimientos de sanitación de escuela incluirán el limpiado de cuarto de baños y toda superficie altamente tocada, dos veces al día. Neblación desinfectante ocurrirá todas las noches para poder cubrir el edificio entero por el periodo de una semana.
    • Las escuelas han actualizado los filtros para HVAC, y el tiempo de corrido será ajustado para maximizar la calidad del aire dentro.
    • Las escuelas enfatizaran el lavado de manos, y cantidades amplias de sanitador de manos estará ampliamente disponible.
    • Algunas clases o actividades tendrán tiempo límite, distancias extendidas, y otros protocolos de seguridad determinados por caso y basados en las precauciones de seguridad.
    • Visitantes a las escuelas estarán limitados y restrictos a ciertas partes del edificio.

     


    Favor de visitar https://www.ccsdschools.com/Page/6934 para lo último en información para Regreso Seguro.