What are the symptoms of Covid-19? When Should I Keep My Child at Home?
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches that are not related to other causes
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Active vomiting or diarrhea
If your student has any of the above symptoms, please keep them home, contact your healthcare provider and the school nurse.
What safety measures does District Six have in place to reduce the spread of Covid-19?
District Six administrators meet consistently with local and state health officials to review the latest Covid-19 safety guidelines and data. We follow CDC recommendations for cleaning and disinfecting while using hospital grade products to ensure that our buildings and facilities are maintained to the highest standards. Extra care is given to high touch surfaces and high traffic areas.
District Six has installed bipolar ionization units in our schools to improve ventilation and air quality. Bipolar Ionization Units have been proven to purify the air while killing allergens and viruses, including Covid-19.
We have reduced the number of students in many of our classrooms to help increase the distance between students.
DHEC/CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and isolation are followed.
Sanitizing stations and Covid-19 screening signage have been placed throughout all schools.
Our staff also works to instruct proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette for students.
We are carefully monitoring the COVID situation and will make appropriate adjustments to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. We monitor transmission rates in our district, county and region, paying special attention to positivity rates among school age children.
How can I monitor the COVID situation in my child’s school and in the district?
Are all positives and quarantines in District Six reported?
Can you sum up the isolation and quarantine guidelines that D6 follows?
Does the school conduct its own contact tracing?
If someone in my house has tested positive for Covid-19 what should I do?
If my child is sick or quarantined, how will my child stay caught up with their school work?
If I have been Covid tested and I am waiting on my results, can I still come to school/work?
If I am fully vaccinated, do I need to quarantine if I am in close contact with someone who tested positive for Covid-19?
If a student or staff member has previously tested positive for Covid, do they still need to quarantine if they are a close contact with a Covid positive person?
What happens if my child becomes sick at school?
Will absences related to COVID-19 be penalized?
When does DHEC recommend a classroom be closed, due to the spread of Covid-19?
Does the District offer Covid-19 testing?
You may email our Director of Health Services, Judy Edwards at email@example.com for an appointment, however not all immediate testing requests may be granted at this time.
If a student or teacher at my child's school test positive for Covid, will all parents be notified?
Does Spartanburg School District Six require masks?
Why are masks mandated on buses?
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
MOLLY M. SPEARMAN
STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION
TO: District Superintendents Transportation Directors
FROM: Molly M. Spearman
State Superintendent of Education
DATE: August 27, 2021
RE: Face Coverings on School Buses
The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) announced on July 6, 2021, that it would no longer enforce the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) January 29, 2021, Order that requires the use of face coverings by people on public transportation conveyances and hubs, which includes school buses. This decision was made at a time when COVID-19 transmission rates and case counts across South Carolina were very low.
Throughout the pandemic, the SCDE has updated its COVID-19 guidance as conditions have changed and as more information has become available. It has become apparent based on COVID-19 data being reported by schools along with increasing levels of the highly transmissible Delta variant in local communities, that more protective measures are needed to lower the risk of virus transmission and keep our school open and operating as safely as possible.
For this reason, the SCDE will again enforce the CDC’s Order requiring the use of face coverings by students and staff on state owned and operated school buses. All districts must be in compliance with this requirement no later than Monday, August 30, 2021.
School districts shall implement disciplinary measures designed to enforce this requirement, including,
but not limited to suspending a student from riding a bus. However, no student should be placed in an unsafe situation as a result of attempting to board a bus without a face covering.
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To facilitate adherence to the CDC Order, the SCDE will equip all state-owned school buses
with an adequate supply of face coverings that meet CDC Order requirements. If a student
boards a bus without a face covering, bus drivers should offer the student a face covering.
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The following are attributes of masks needed to fulfill the requirements of the CDC Order.
• A properly worn mask completely covers the nose and mouth.
• Cloth masks should be made with two or more layers of a breathable fabric that is tightly
woven (i.e., fabrics that do not let light pass through when held up to a light source).
• Mask should be secured to the head with ties, ear loops, or elastic bands that go behind. the head. If gaiters are worn, they should have two layers of fabric or be folded to make
• Mask should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
• Mask should be a solid piece of material without slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
The following attributes are additionally acceptable as long as masks meet the requirements above.
The following do not fulfill the requirements of the Order.
Masks can be either manufactured or homemade.
Masks can be reusable or disposable.
Masks can have inner filter pockets.
Clear masks or cloth masks with a clear plastic panel may be used to facilitate
communication with people who are hearing impaired or others who need to see a
speaker’s mouth to understand speech.
Medical masks and N-95 respirators fulfill the requirements of the Order.
Masks worn in a way that does not cover both the mouth and nose.
Face shields or goggles (face shields or goggles may be worn to supplement a mask that
meets above required attributes).
Scarves, ski masks, balaclavas, or bandannas.
Shirt or sweater collars (e.g., turtleneck collars) pulled up over the mouth and nose.
Masks made from loosely woven fabric or that are knitted, i.e., fabrics that let light pass
Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or
Masks containing slits, exhalation valves, or punctures.
Masks that do not fit properly (large gaps, too loose or too tight).
The following narrow subset of persons with disabilities are exempt from CDC’s requirement to wear a mask:
A person with a disability who, for reasons related to the disability, would be physically unable to remove a mask without assistance if breathing becomes obstructed. Examples might include a person with impaired motor skills, quadriplegia, or limb restrictions.
A person with an intellectual, developmental, cognitive, or psychiatric disability that affects the person’s ability to understand the need to remove a mask if breathing becomes obstructed.
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The following persons with disabilities might be exempt from CDC’s requirement to wear a mask based on factors specific to the person:
A person with a disability who cannot wear a mask because it would cause the person to be unable to breathe or have respiratory distress if a mask were worn over the mouth and nose. A person with a condition that causes intermittent respiratory distress, such as asthma, likely does not qualify for this exemption because people with asthma, or other similar conditions, can generally wear a mask safely.
A person with a disability requiring the use of an assistive device, such as for mobility or communication, that prevents the person from wearing a mask and wearing or using the assistive device at the same time. If use of the device is intermittent and the person can remove the mask independently to use the device, then a mask must be worn during periods when the person is not using the device.
A person with a severe sensory disability or a severe mental health disability who would pose an imminent threat of harm to themselves or others if required to wear a mask. Persons who experience discomfort or anxiety while wearing a mask without imminent threat of harm would not qualify for this exemption.
A driver does not need to wear a mask if they are the only person on the bus.
Additional guidance for safe school bus operations and the CDC Order can be found in the
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Does wearing a mask exempt you from being quarantined if you were in close contact?
Are there any alternative options available this year for those who prefer not to participate in in-person learning?
When will District Six host another Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic?
Upcoming Vaccination Clinics - If you are interested in receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, DHEC will be hosting two additional vaccination clinics at Dorman High School.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 - Dorman High School (College/Career Center)
Saturday, October 9, 2021 - Dorman High School (College/Career Center)
These Covid-19 vaccination clinics will be held from 9am-noon. This clinic will provide first and second doses of Pfizer, as well as 3rd doses for those who indicate they are immunocompromised. The third dose is administered at least 28 days after receiving your second dose. Appointments are recommended but not necessary. If you would like to schedule an appointment please call 864-707-0060 or 864-707-0061. This is a no cost vaccination clinic open to anyone 12 and up.