The following update was shared via email to all district parents and staff on September 2, 2021:
Earlier today, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a ruling against the City of Columbia’s ordinance which mandated that students and staff at elementary and middle schools within the City of Columbia wear masks in all school facilities. Like most school districts, we had hoped that the Court would rule in a way that is more protective of our youngest students who are not yet eligible for vaccination.
Today’s ruling does not impact the other case currently before the SC Supreme Court requesting that the Court determine whether local school districts may enforce mask mandates. We anticipate that the Court will rule on that case within the next few days.
Until such time as the Court rules, our District will continue to adhere to the action taken by the Board of Trustees on Monday, August 30, 2021, requiring that students and staff wear masks when adequate social distancing is not possible.