Mask Policy Update
To the parents and stakeholders of Florence School District Five:
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster issued an executive order (no. 2021-23) on May 11, 2021 directing South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to take appropriate action to allow parents and other authorized individuals to opt out of face covering requirements on behalf of his or her child currently enrolled in a public school system. Because of this executive order, DHEC has developed a standardized form to provide consent for or on behalf of a student in any public school in the State of South Carolina to opt out.
DHEC and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have provided guidance stating that the wearing of face coverings slows the spread of COVID-19. Failure to wear a face covering may subject a student to an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading COVID-19 to others.
This morning, State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman rescinded the state face covering policy for public schools, except on school bus transportation, which is currently required by the federal government.”
The health and safety of our faculty and staff is very important to us in FSD5. Therefore, we encourage all families to continue to observe the guidelines we currently have in place for the safety of all involved. However, to provide parents the opportunity to opt out as mandated in the executive order, the forms for opt out will be available at each school. Parents must go to the school to complete the form and agree to the terms on the form. Without a signed opt-out form on file, the protocols for the wearing of face masks inside FSD5 facilities remain unchanged.
Because we can no longer maintain recommended protocols, we will allow parents to opt for their students to work from home for the remainder of this year after state testing has been completed. During state testing, schools will encourage social distancing protocols. Parents who choose at home learning after testing should notify the principal in writing so that work may be assigned. Schools will record attendance for those students as long as work is completed as mandated in the virtual learning guidelines.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.
Superintendent- Elect FSD5