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School District Five announces new partnership with MUSC Health

For Immediate Release – January 28, 2021



School District Five announces new partnership with MUSC Health

IRMO – Lexington-Richland School District Five is announcing a new partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Health to create a “Back2Business” plan for mitigating COVID-19 cases in schools. 


Through a new agreement signed January 27, the school district will work with MUSC Health experts to ensure schools are operating as safely as possible for students and staff. Officials will begin visits to schools in School District Five this week, and each school in the district will be evaluated and provided protocols and options for mitigating cases of COVID-19 in schools. District officials say the initiative will be paid for using federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds.


“Our commitment has been to operating schools safely, and it’s a responsibility that we take very seriously in School District Five,” Superintendent Dr. Christina Melton said. “This new partnership, coupled with the protocols we already have in place, are part of our continued pursuit of refining our COVID-19 response, keeping our schools open and instruction continuing, and keeping the safety of our students and staff as our top priority. We look forward to MUSC Health’s work with our district and making progress as we move forward.” 


The district’s Back2Business plan will be shared publicly, once it has been finalized. School District Five will begin the transition of in-person students from a 4-day in-person instructional schedule to a 5-day in-person schedule on February 1 for all in-person students. Wednesdays will no longer be distance learning days for in-person students. The district's Flexible Innovative Virtual Education (FIVE) virtual program will continue during all in-person learning models. 


MUSC Health launched Back2Business “to help business owners and organizations reopen smoothly and seamlessly, and follow the latest evidence-based guidelines for maintaining a safe environment.” Under the agreement, health professionals will provide area businesses with customized services and resources from preparations for reopening to implementing and managing maintenance and mitigation strategies. MUSC officials say that the partnership includes opportunities to “re-evaluate and adjust resources as needed” throughout the course of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.