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School Board adopts resolution to ‘strongly encourage’ staff, ‘encourage’ students to wear face coverings

 

The Lexington-Richland School District Five Board of Trustees has adopted a resolution to “strongly encourage” staff and “encourage” students to wear face coverings on district sites effective immediately. Masks are still required on school buses, which are owned, funded and maintained by the state Department of Education, under the resolution. Visitors must also wear face coverings on district property.  

 

Per the resolution: 

 

Staff Members

Staff members are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while on district property or conducting business on behalf of the district (e.g. driving a bus, conducting a home visit, supervising athletic events, etc.). 

 

Students

Face coverings are encouraged to be worn by all students and teachers when entering and exiting school buildings, while in the halls and common areas, and while in close proximity to others. 

 

Transportation

As school buses are owned, funded and maintained by the South Carolina Department of Education, students and staff utilizing these buses for transport to and from school will be expected to adhere to the South Carolina Department of Education Face Covering  Guidelines for School Buses. 

 

Visitors 

Non-essential visitors to district buildings will be limited in accordance with administrative rule KI-R, Visitors. Visitors include, but are not limited to, parents/legal guardians, contract service providers, and delivery persons. Visitors are required to wear a face covering while on district property.

 

Harassment and Bullying

The district will not tolerate harassment of anyone wearing or not wearing face coverings and will appropriately discipline students, staff, or visitors who engage in behavior that interferes with any student or staff member’s ability to comply with this resolution.  

 

This resolution is intended to be effective until either an Executive Order from the Governor or the State School Board changes their mask guidelines, at which time this resolution will be fully null and void. Click the link to read the resolution in its entirety: Face Covering Resolution