Richland Two students still required to wear masks despite Governor’s order

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Published: May. 11, 2021 at 11:55 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland Two School District has announced that students will still be required to wear face masks despite Governor McMaster’s executive order.

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District officials released a statement to parents and school employees saying that masks will be required on school campuses.

“This evening Governor McMaster issued Executive Order 2021-23, attached, that has language pertaining to the use of face coverings in South Carolina public schools. Due to the lateness of the Order, the legal ambiguities, and the absence of a DHEC opt-out form, the state face-covering guidelines will remain in effect until such time as the agency has the opportunity to confer with legal counsel and provide further guidance.”

As noted in the Order, face-covering requirements as they relate to students and staff on school buses have not changed as a result of the President’s Executive Order No. 13998 (Executive Order on Promoting COVID-19 Safety in Domestic and International Travel) (Jan. 21, 2021); CDC Order Under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. § 264) and 42 C.F.R. §§ 70.2, 71.31(b), 71.32(b) (Requirement for Persons to Wear Masks While on Conveyances and at Transportation Hubs) (Jan. 29, 2021).”

Richland Two will continue to require face coverings to be worn in accordance with current guidelines set by DHEC, the CDC, and the SC Department of Education.

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