2021-2022 Covid Information Center » Covid-Related FAQs

Covid-Related FAQs

Please check your student(s) daily before sending them to school for the following symptoms:
 
Fever or chills (Fever of 100 degrees or higher); New or worsening cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Unexplained Fatigue
Muscle or body aches that are not related to other causes
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
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. 

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.

 

In an effort of full disclosure and to keep our parents fully informed, our Covid Information Center is updated daily, Monday - Sunday. We list the number of daily positives and quarantines at each school and district-wide, due to exposure at school. We also list the cumulative numbers in the schools/district recorded from the first day of school. These numbers are updated seven days a week, normally between the hours of 5pm-8pm. 
District Six posts every student and staff member who has tested positive for Covid-19, after we are notified. We understand how important it is for families to stay informed of current Covid numbers.
 
If a child is out sick and a parent chooses not to have their child tested, the child would not be included in our daily Covid-19 positive counts.
 
The quarantine numbers on our website reflect all students and staff members who have been quarantined due to possible exposure at school. On September 13, we added a column that lists students or staff member out because of possible exposure outside of school, such as a Covid positive family member.
 
Just a reminder that all students or staff members who test positive for Covid should contact the school nurse. Those individuals should also contact the school if they are quarantined for close contact inside or outside the school. 
Yes, the school will conduct contact tracing if a student or staff member were to test positive. We will begin by speaking with the Covid positive individual to help determine any close contacts. If a student tests positive, we will also speak with classroom teachers, coaches, bus drivers etc. to determine individuals who may have been in close contact.
According to DHEC, anyone in the home who is unvaccinated will need to quarantine for 24 days from the start of the positive person's symptoms, unless he or she can totally separate from the positive person. Modified quarantine/Early return may be available. If someone in your house is positive, please notify your school nurse for more information.
Teachers will assist students with making up assignments missed because of any sickness or quarantine guidelines.  If the student is well enough to work on assignments while they are out, many assignments may be completed online. After contacting your school nurse, please email or call your child's teachers in order to make those arrangements. 
If you have been tested for Covid and are waiting on the results, you may not attend school or work until the negative results are in. If the results are positive, please contact your school nurse. 
If you are fully vaccinated, at least 2 weeks past your second vaccine dose, you do not have to quarantine if you are in close contact with a positive person unless you are having Covid symptoms.
People who have previously tested positive for Covid-19 within 90 days of close contact exposure will not need to quarantine unless they become symptomatic. 
If a students presents symptoms of Covid-19 at school, they will be sent to the health room to be examined by the school nurse. Parents will be notified immediately and asked to pick the student up from school. Until the arrival of the parent, the student will be isolated from other students. Please be sure to have your contact information up-to-date in the school's system. 
 
COVID-related absences are considered excused absences. While attendance is always tracked, we will not penalize students for non-attendance due to sickness. In order to encourage students and staff to stay home when sick, perfect attendance awards have been set aside. There are no longer any perfect attendance incentives. 
If 3 or more COVID-19 cases in a classroom, cohort, or sports teams are identified within 14 days of each other DHEC states that "consideration should be given to excluding all students and staff, who have not voluntarily provided evidence of vaccination, in the classroom (or cohort of students) for fourteen (14) days after contact with the last identified COVID-19 case."  These decisions are made on a case by case situation. 
At this time, District Six has limited availability for Covid-19 testing.

 

You may email our Director of Health Services, Judy Edwards at jewards@spart6.org for an appointment, however not all immediate testing requests may be granted at this time. 

 
For more information on Covid-19 testing provided by SC DHEC, please click the following link.
Parents will be notified by a school administrator if we are made aware that their child has been in close contact with an individual in school or on the bus who tests positive for Covid.
 
If a student or teacher in your child's classroom tests positive but your child was not a close contact, a letter will be emailed to the parent's email address on file. Please be sure that your email address/contact information is up to date in Powerschool.
District Six does strongly encourage the use of face masks for students and staff when social distancing is not possible. 
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STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

MOLLY M. SPEARMAN

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION

MEMORANDUM

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

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with an adequate supply of face coverings that meet CDC Order requirements. If a student

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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

two layers.
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

    through.

  • Masks made from materials that are hard to breathe through (such as vinyl, plastic or

    leather).

  • 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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references below.

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Yes, depending on distance. The CDC offers an exception for masked student exposures in the school setting that are at least 3 feet apart. If the close contact and COVID-19 positive individual are both consistently wearing masks within 3 to 6 feet, the exposed student can avoid quarantine and continue coming to school. They should monitor their symptoms for 14 days and stay home if sick.
If you are interested in a virtual option for your child for the 2021-2022 school year, please contact Dr. Nora Moore at the district office to receive information about the SC Charter Virtual School. Dr. Moore's direct line is 864-216-4321.

Upcoming Vaccination ClinicsIf 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.

 

 

 

Vaccine Clinic info