SDOC Mask Information

The following information provides mask requirements for students and visitors as of August, 10, 2020. Due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the information below may change at any time.  

Masks are required for all students and staff in common areas and on buses.

PIP, 4K, K5 - 2nd Grade   Students will be required to wear masks on buses, during arrival and dismissal, using the restroom, during transitions and in all common areas.  However, students will not be required to wear masks in the classroom.


3rd - 12th Grade   Students will be required to wear masks on buses, during arrival and dismissal, using the restroom, during transitions, in all  common areas, and in the classroom. However, if social distancing can be accomplished inside the classroom, students may be allowed to remove masks. 


Originally, we had planned to allow students to wear a face shield in place of a mask. However, based on guidance from the South Carolina Department of Education, medical documentation will now be required for student face shield use in lieu of a mask.  We encourage parents to provide masks for their students. The school district will provide at least 2 masks for students who are unable to provide their own masks. Teachers will have flexibility to take students outside for instruction when possible to allow for mask breaks. In addition, frequent, intentional breaks for the students will be encouraged throughout the day. If a student chooses not to wear his/her mask, disciplinary action will be taken and the student will be sent home.  Masks will be available for students who forget their mask. If a student repeatedly forgets a mask, it will be considered a discipline issue. 


Visitor Mask Information - SDOC will limit visitors in school buildings this school year.  Any visitor entering a building will be required to wear a face mask.