- 2021-2022 SDOC GUIDELINES FOR COVID-19
- COVID-19 Instruction & Expectations Guidance
- Requirement of Masks on Buses
- What does fully vaccinated mean?
- What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?
- SDOC Students & Staff Testing Option
- Where can I get a COVID-19 test in the community?
- Safe Return to In Person Instruction Plan
- SDOC ESSER Plan
2021-2022 SDOC Guidelines for COVID-19
These guidelines are subject to change at any point in response to changes in the COVID-19 pandemic or legislative action.
Date Updated: 10/08/2021
MASKS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURaged in all SDOC
Schools and for events
Masks are now required on all buses per SCDE Regulations
Any student or staff member, vaccinated or unvaccinated, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate, notify the school nurse, and get tested immediately. That individual should remain isolated until test results are received.
~ Only essential visitors will be allowed in school buildings
~ Field trips suspended for the 1st 9 weeks of school
Classrooms will be “cohorted” - they will not not “mix” with other classrooms throughout the day.
No school after-school clubs - YMCA and 21st Century programs will operate.
Students will eat meals in classrooms.
TESTING FOR COVID-19
Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 must notify their school nurse and isolate, at home, for a period of 10 days.
Fully vaccinated people and people verified to have been infected with COVID-19 in the previous 90 days** who were in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 but do not have COVID-19 symptoms DO NOT need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Individuals may voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status to eliminate the need for quarantine.
**positive PCR or antigen test from a medical office; no at home test results will be accepted
- At least 3 feet of distance between individuals should be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
Arrange desks to maximally increase the space between them.
Remove non-essential furniture to maximize the distance between students.
Grouping of desks should be limited based on space.
Each school will maintain an isolation room for students who have symptoms of COVID-19. Students with 2 or more symptoms of COVID-19 will remain in the isolation room, away from the general public until a parent/guardian arrives to take them home.
Each teacher MUST provide their school nurse with a seating chart and update those charts when any seating arrangements have been altered. This includes classroom, cafeteria, and cohorts on the playground.
- If a student is identified as a close contact through contact tracing:
- If the individual is vaccinated, they will not be required to quarantine from school if they voluntarily choose to provide documentation of their full vaccination status. If the individual develops symptoms of COVID-19, they will need to be isolated for a period of 10 days.
- If the individual is NOT vaccinated:
- Individual may test on day 5 and then return with negative results
- If individual does not test, a 10 day quarantine period is required
- If at any point an individual identified as a close contact, vaccinated or unvaccinated, shows symptoms, they will be required to isolate until test results are received
- Grades PIP-2nd:
- If three (3) or more students test positive in a classroom within a 10 day time period, consideration will be given to placing the classroom in quarantine for 10 days.
- Principal will make a Messenger ONE-CALL to the parent/guardian of students in the classroom notifying them of the positive case and requesting them to monitor their child closely for symptoms of COVID-19, and report any positive COVID-19 cases to the school nurse.
- Grades 3rd - 12th:
- Anyone who has been within 3 feet of a COVID-19 case greater than 15 minutes within a 24 hour period must quarantine for 10 days.
- If a person can separate from the COVID-19 positive case:
- Individual may test on day 5 and then return with negative results
- If individual does not test, a 10 day quarantine period is required
- If the household contact can not separate from the COVID-19 case:
- Individual may test on day 12 and then return with negative results
- If individual does not test, a 20 day quarantine period is required
- School staff are considered critical infrastructure employees and, if replacement while the exposed staff member completes their recommended quarantine period is not possible, they will be allowed to work while wearing a face mask, remaining at a minimum six (6) feet from others for a quarantine period of 10 days. They are to monitor for symptoms during the 10 days of quarantine as recommended by DHEC. If school staff develop symptoms or they test positive for COVID-19 during their quarantine period, they must immediately isolate and will not be allowed to return to work until their isolation period ends.
CLEANING AND DISINFECTION
In general, cleaning once a day is usually enough to sufficiently remove potential virus that may be on surfaces. Disinfecting (using disinfectants on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency COVID-19 list) removes any remaining germs on surfaces, which further reduces any risk of spreading infection.
If a facility or bus has had a sick person or someone who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 24 hours, clean and disinfect the space.
MASK WILL BE REQUIRED ON ALL SDOC BUSES per SCDE regulations
Exceptions to the mask policy apply for students with disabilities that meet the following:
A person with a disability who, for reasons related to the disability, would be physically unable to remove a mask without assistance if breathing becomes obstructed. Examples might include a person with impaired motor skills, quadriplegia, or limb restrictions.
A person with an intellectual, developmental, cognitive, or psychiatric disability that affects the person’s ability to understand the need to remove a mask if breathing becomes obstructed.
Each bus driver MUST provide their supervisor and school nurse with a seating chart and update those charts when any seating arrangements have been altered.
Bus drivers must keep family members together in cohorts.
OUT OF COUNTRY TRAVEL
Students and staff should notify the school nurse if they have or plan to travel out of the country.
Upon returning to the US, individuals will be required to quarantine, at home, for a period of 10 days before returning to school.
If symptoms develop, a negative COVID-19 test is required before returning.
COVID-19 Instruction & ExpectationS GUIDance
Students in quarantine due to contact tracing or in isolation due to a positive result, unless sickness prevents it, are expected to participate in virtual instruction (distance learning) during their time away from school. The following information is to help students, families, and teachers navigate instruction and learning expectations during this time.
Students should make every effort to stay current with assignments and learning experiences during their quarantine situation. For those students with extenuating circumstances, such as being too sick to complete work or no internet access, work must be completed within 10 days of their return.
- Attendance Information
- PIP & 4K Students
- K-5 -12th grade Students
- What if I have questions about my student's learning?
- Help with Chromebooks, Google Classroom, Canvas, etc.
The South Carolina Department of Education recommends that districts make appropriate accommodations for students who may be required to quarantine or self-isolate in accordance with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s K-12 Interim Guidance for Management of COVID-19 Cases. Students will be marked with one of the following codes during their isolation/quarantine period:
SC-VTP - If a student is able to participate in virtual instructional activities during the isolation/quarantine period, they will be marked "virtually present." Students must submit assignments or participate in assigned learning experience(s) by the deadline established by the classroom teacher to be considered virtually present. Otherwise they will be marked absent.
SC-COVD - If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and is unable to receive instruction during their isolation period due to sickness, they will be marked SC-COVD. Students will be responsible for completing assignments upon return to school.
SC-UNEX - If a student fails to participate in assigned learning experiences or fails to submit assignments by the deadline established by the classroom teacher, the student's days will be considered unexcused absences unless a parent or guardian provides documentation as to why the student was unable to participate or submit assignments.
COVID-19 Attendance Scenarios
A student is in quarantine because the student is impacted by COVID and is assigned to virtual instruction or received an educational packet. The student submits assignments and/or participates in learning activities.
A student is out sick because of COVID and is unable to attend virtual instruction or complete an educational packet.
The entire classroom is in quarantine because of COVID, and the classroom instruction is moved to virtual. The student submits assignments as required.
The entire classroom is in quarantine because of COVID, and the classroom instruction is moved to virtual. The student fails to submit assignments as required.
The school is closed due to COVID and instruction is moved to virtual instruction. The student submits assignments as required.
The school is closed due to COVID and instruction is moved to virtual instruction. The student fails to submit assignments as required.
Instruction for students in PIP and 4K classes will be through learning packets. The contents of the learning packets will address the standards & skills that are being taught in the face-to-face classroom while the student is quarantined. Due dates for assignments will be established by the classroom teacher and will be communicated to parents and students.
If you have questions concerning your PIP or 4K student's instruction, please reach out to the classroom teacher through your normal mode of communication.
Instruction in Kindergarten through 12th grade will be through one of the following options:
Synchronous - Synchronous learning is learning that happens in real time. Learning and interaction between students and the teacher will most likely happen through a Google Meet at a specific time. Students may participate in multiple google meets throughout the day to receive instruction in all subjects or classes. Google meets may include both video and audio or audio only.
Asynchronous - Asynchronous instruction is learning that occurs at the student's pace, time, and location in which learning occurs. Typically, this is work the students can complete independent of the teacher. Students may view recorded lessons, interactive presentations, or other versions of instructional materials.
Offline Mode - In situations where students may have limited or no internet access, instruction may occur in "offline mode." To provide offline instruction, assignments and tasks will be based within Google Applications and downloadable material. If material is downloaded to the Chromebook with offline accessibility, students will be able to complete without internet access. The student would need to return to a location with internet access to submit the assignments through Canvas or Google Classroom.
If you have questions about your student's learning during their quarantine/isolation time, please contact your student's teacher(s) through their normal method of communication such as email, Class Dojo, Google Classroom, or Canvas. Keeping the lines of communication open will help your student be successful during their time away from school.
The link below was developed to help with eLearning days but applies to our students who are learning from home during a quarantine/isolation period. Please note, not all information within the document will be directly related to quarantine instruction.
School Buses fall under the January 2021 CDC order requiring masks on all forms of public transportation. On August 26, 2021, The SC Department of Education announced that they would begin enforcing the CDC order in response to a significant increase in cases and high community spread rates. A revised memo released on August 27, 2021 included the following information:
"To facilitate adherence to the CDC Order, the SCDE will equip all state-owned school buses with an adequate supply of face coverings that meet CDC Order requirements. If a student boards a bus without a face covering, bus drivers should offer the student a face covering. School districts shall implement disciplinary measures designed to enforce this requirement, including, but not limited to suspending a student from riding a bus. However, no student should be placed in an unsafe situation as a result of attempting to board a bus without a face covering."
As a district, we will begin assigning disciplinary consequences for students who choose to not wear a mask beginning Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The consequences for not wearing a mask will be:
1st time: Students will receive a warning
2nd time: A phone call will be made to the parent to explain the
situation and consequences of further refusal
3rd time: Student will be suspended from the bus for one day.
Each additional refusal will result in an increase in the number of days the student is suspended from the bus. It is possible with repeated refusal to wear a mask may result in suspension from the bus for the remainder of the school year.
SDOC Students & Staff Drive-thru Testing
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 2:00pm
BOuntyland Education Campus
100 Vocational Drive, Seneca
Employees/students/parents/guardians should enter the Bountyland Education campus from South Cove Road (Do not enter from Keowee School Road). Take the first left into Bountyland Education Campus (old Hamilton Career Center). Testing will occur in front of the first breezeway. Cars will exit onto Keowee School Road.This will facilitate a one-way line for testing and help avoid traffic issues.
Testing is for SDOC staff and students only (substitutes & volunteer coaches are eligible).
The PCR test specimen will be collected through a nasal swab.
Results should be received within 24 hours; some results may take longer.
There is NO COST to the student or staff member.
Students and Staff may choose to be tested as frequently as they desire.
There are many places within the community to get tested for COVID-19. Many medical practices as well as pharmacies have testing options. The following provide free testing to the community:
DHEC-Tour Health - Oconee County Health Department
Open daily from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
609 N Townville St Seneca, SC 29678
Please pre-register using the link: https://www.tourhealth.com
Pre-Registration Strongly Recommended but Not Required. Wait times at all sites vary and patients are seen in the order that they arrive. Pre-registration will help to reduce your wait time at the site.
Appointment Needed: No
Referral Needed: No
Pediatric Testing Available: Yes - All ages
Clemson Community COVID-19 Testing
Monday - Friday 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Nettles Park, 102 Nettles Park Road, Pendleton, SC 29670
Prior to arriving at the community-testing site, you must register and obtain a COVID-19 testing QR code. To do this, visit this link: Clemson Community COVID Testing
When you arrive at the testing site, you will be required to present the QR Code you obtained from registration. Please have your QR Code ready on your phone or printed for scanning prior to arriving to the test site.
Note: The QR code you obtain from your initial COVID-19 testing registration may be used as many times in the future as needed without re-registering.
- Make sure you have had nothing to eat or drink 30 minutes prior to testing.
- This COVID-19 test type is Saliva PCR (not rapid antigen). You should receive your test results via text and email within 24 to 30 hours of your test.
This plan describes how the Local Education Agency (LEA) or district will provide the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools, including those that have already returned to in-person instruction. This report template complies with all reporting requirements of the ARP Act (Public Law 117-2), the ESSER III grant terms, conditions, and assurances (CFDA Number 84.425U), and the interim final rule established by the U.S. Department of Education, 86 FR 21195.
This plan describes how the SDOC will use funds that it is awarded under the ARP ESSER program. This report template complies with all reporting requirements of the ARP Act (Public Law 117-2), the ARP ESSER grant terms, conditions, and assurances (CFDA Number 84.425U), and the interim final rule established by the U.S. Department of Education, 86 FR 21195.