Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
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Updated Health and Safety Guidelines 2021-2022
Updated Health and Safety Guidelines 2021-2022
Posted on 07/30/2021

As we prepare for the upcoming school year we have some information to share with you about safety protocols being implemented. The district continues to make adjustments to safety protocols in our schools and facilities. While this school year will still have measures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and community, we will see a return to the more traditional school model in place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below you will find important information regarding the school day and key events for this school year. The district will continue to follow the guidance of SC DHEC, the South Carolina Department of Education and other governing agencies regarding the implementation of safety protocols. Based on the guidance from these organizations, safety protocols could be altered, increased or lifted over the course of the school year. Any changes to the protocols will be communicated as they are determined.

District Wide Protocols:

Instructional Model

  • School begins Monday, August 16.
  • All students will attend school in person five days a week unless enrolled in the Fort Mill Virtual Academy.
  • Kindergarten students will follow staggered start times for the week of August 16–20. Click here to view the district calendar.

Optional Mask Use in ALL Facilities and Buses

Desk Shields

  • Desk shields have been removed from classrooms.
  • Shields have remained in place in public use areas such as the front office spaces.

Field Trips

  • Schools will begin phasing in field trips throughout the year at all levels.

Contact Tracing (Applies to ALL FMVA students as well)

  • The district is still required to perform contact tracing for any positive case reported among our students and staff. Isolation and quarantine protocols determined by SC DHEC will be implemented for any positive case or identified close contact.
  • Students and staff are asked to report positive case results or close contact status immediately to the district. Reporting can be done via the district website here.
  • Under DHEC guidelines any person who has been fully vaccinated at least two weeks prior to close/household contact identification may provide proof of vaccination to be exempt from quarantine protocols at the time of identification. Click here to view DHEC guidelines for quarantine protocols.

COVID-19 Dashboard

The district plans to maintain the current COVID-19 Dashboard here.

Volunteering During the School Day

  • Volunteers are welcome back into the schools.
  • Schools will establish volunteer schedules and access.
  • As always, volunteers will need to be background checked.
  • Volunteers will not have access to classrooms. Schools will have workrooms and spaces dedicated for volunteers.

School and Family Events

  • Schools hope to return to as many “normal” events as in the past including events such as pep-rallies held during the day and after school events.
  • Schools and PTA/PTOs may hold events such as Kindergarten Gingerbread Houses, Literacy Night and PTA/PTO family events, but they will plan accordingly for the space and not overcrowd indoor facilities.

School Clubs & Activities

  • Individual schools will determine when to resume clubs and activities.

Visitors at Lunch and Lunch Drop Off

  • Parents will NOT be permitted to drop off lunches. School lunch is being provided free of charge to ALL students.
  • No lunch visitors will be allowed due to staff and security concerns.

Elementary School Protocols:

In-Person Meet the Teacher Events

  • Date: Thursday, August 12
  • Families will attend in shifts based on last name and will have 45 minutes to visit their classrooms and meet the teacher for all of their children.
  • Schools will plan 30 minutes between sessions to allow for families to leave before the next group arrives. This extra time will ease parking issues and allow teachers to spend adequate time with their new students and parents.
  • Schools will communicate more details regarding the event.

First Day of School

  • No parents or visitors will be allowed to enter the building.
  • Kindergarten parents may drop off students at the classroom’s exterior door through Monday, August 23. “Independence Day” will be Tuesday, August 24.

Instructional Model

  • Students will return to a pre-COVID-19 traditional instructional model and will change classrooms for related arts and other programs.

Cafeteria Use

  • To begin the year, schools will operate cafeterias close to 50% capacity to give students room at their tables. Classes will be eating in their classrooms on a rotating schedule.
  • School administration will determine schedules at their individual schools.

Recess

  • A small number of classes may be mixed during recess periods.

Middle and High School Protocols:

Orientation/Meet the Teacher

  • 6th Grade: Wednesday, August 11.
  • The 7th and 8th grade events will be scheduled by the school after the school year begins.
  • 9th Grade: Thursday, August 12.
  • High school open house: Tuesday, August 31.
  • Schools will communicate more details regarding these events.

Instructional Model

  • Students will return to a pre-COVID-19 traditional instructional model.

Cafeteria Use

  • Middle and high school students will continue to eat in the cafeteria.
  • Middle schools plan to have 2 lunches per grade level at this time.
  • Middle schools will have outdoor time after students eat their lunch. Students will be allowed to interact with other students in their grade level during this time.
  • High schools will offer expanded lunch seating in other areas of the school.
  • High schools will determine the number of lunch periods at their individual schools.

Sports

We look forward to the return of our students and staff and are pleased to be moving closer to a traditional school model. It is our goal to continue providing a safe and healthy school environment while supplying the high-quality education for which our district is known.