Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
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Updated SCDE Requirement for Masks on Buses
Updated SCDE Requirement for Masks on Buses
Posted on 08/27/2021

The district has received the following updated requirement regarding the use of face coverings on school buses from the South Carolina Department of Education.

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 schools 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.

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. However, no student should be denied transportation for failing to adhere to the CDC Order.

In accordance with this State Department of Education this requirement will be in effect on all FMSD school buses beginning Monday, August 30.