Bus Face Coverings and Close Contact Quarantines


This week the SC State Department of Education notified school districts that they will enforce the CDC's Order requiring the use of face coverings by students and staff on school buses beginning on Monday, August 30, 2021. Again, starting Monday, August 30, 2021, face coverings will be required on all school buses, including field trips, athletic travel, and all travel on school buses.

The District will continue to follow CDC and DHEC's recommended 14-day quarantine for close contacts but will provide the option to reduce the duration of close contact quarantines to 10 days if the first ten (10) days of quarantine have been completed, there has been no additional exposure, and no symptoms have been reported during daily at-home monitoring.

A close contact who is ending quarantine on the 11th day and requests to return to the school environment must do the following for days 11 through 14:

1. Wear a mask over both the nose and mouth for the remaining days of the 14-day quarantine while at all Lancaster County School District Facilities and/or events

2. Must follow physical distancing guidelines,

3. Continue to monitor symptoms daily, and

4. If symptoms develop, notify the school and not report.

Again, if your student is out on quarantine for a close contact, the quarantine may be able to be reduced by 4 days if they have had no symptoms or further exposure. This only applies to close contacts. It would not apply to students who had positive tests or were symptomatic. Email your school nurse or classroom teacher if you would like to select the shorter quarantine option. Your child's teacher will forward the email to the appropriate person.

Monitor your child for the following symptoms before sending them to school each day. Anytime a student has symptoms, even if they have not been in contact with a person known to have COVID-19, they should not report to school.


o Fever

o Chills

o Fatigue

o New or worsening cough

o Headache

o Congestion, runny nose

o Loss of taste or smell

o Sore throat

o Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o Muscle or body aches

SC DHEC updated the definition for a close contact to change the distance of a close contact to be 6 feet or less. Under the prior guidance, the distance for a student's close contact was 3-feet or less for a cumulative 15 minutes or more. With the new rules, the distance is 6-feet or less, unless both students (infected and exposed) are both wearing face coverings. Again, the definition of a close contact for students has now changed from less than 3 feet to less than 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more during 24 hours, unless both students are wearing face coverings.

If your student is currently out of school on quarantine due to a close contact and has not had any additional exposure and no symptoms during their quarantine, you need to email your school nurse or classroom teacher to determine the next steps. Classroom teachers will forward your email to the appropriate person to respond to your questions.

Please be patient as we revise current quarantines and update guidance as we implement the new quarantine option this week.

Bus Memo: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Pdi0HW4YvvINTM-_gIBXbP9p5n2EqXjl/view?usp=sharing

COVID Guidance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18Gc0d4YCCPojt7ljcQmpx0bGNyJpxm7I/view?usp=sharing

SC DHEC Guidance: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YyNTc_mjAwwURTu4nbgHfC13JdvOpDL0/view?usp=sharing

Face Coverings on School Buses Update.pdf
COVID Guidance 8.24.2021.pdf