Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
P: (803) 548-2527 | F: (803) 547-4696
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Revised Health and Safety Guidelines
Revised Health and Safety Guidelines
Posted on 08/25/2021

Updated guidance - Oct. 27. 2021

New COVID-19 guidance was provided to principals on Oct. 27. See below for changes and updates. 

Professional Development

  • * Outside speakers/PD may come into the school to provide PD.
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Visitors

  • *No parent volunteers during the school day.
  • Will allow SIC, PTO meetings or events (ex: Book Fair after school would allow PTO volunteer to work).

Field Trips

  • *Will allow field trips at principal discretion.
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  • *Can go ahead and schedule spring overnight trips with insurance for cancellation.

Winter Sports

  • *Limit capacity to 75% until further notice.
  • *Please limit pep rallies to outdoors until further notice.

Clubs

  • *Will allow school clubs within school and non-profit after school clubs (ex. GOTR, Let Me Run).

Elementary Lunch/Recess

  • *50% capacity starting Nov 1, 2021.
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  • *Recess can combine two classes if needed.


Aug. 25, 2021

Based on current case information, the district will be implementing the following additional mitigation strategies beginning this week:

* Elementary schools will return to meals in the classroom.

* Class interactions during recess periods will be limited or suspended.

* All out of district academic field trips are suspended.

* No volunteers or visitors will be allowed in the buildings.

* All large participation events such as open houses or pep rallies will be canceled or transitioned to virtual events.

* All sports programs and events will follow the guidance of the SCHSL.


In conjunction with DHEC, the district will make determinations on the need to transitions individual classrooms, grades levels, school sites or the district as a whole to virtual learning based on COVID-19 case data. The standard for making a transition is determined using multiple factors including evidence of community spread within a program, class or school, or the safe operation of the school. Community spread in schools is defined as: Through contact tracing there is a clear path that indicates widespread transmission of the COVID-19 virus is taking place at a school facility and new positive cases cannot be associated with any outside source.

The district will follow the general percentages of positive cases listed below in making any decision.

Transition Percentages:

  • Individual classroom – 20% positive or 3 student positive test results triggering a DHEC cohort quarantine.
  • Individual grade level – 10% positive test result
  • School – 10% positive test result

The district is in the final stages of planning another vaccine clinic event for students, staff, and the community. The district continues to encourage the public to receive the vaccination to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to avoid the need for missed school time due to quarantine. Individuals who are fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to exposure are not required to enter the DHEC quarantine protocols and can remain in school unless they present with symptoms.