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State face covering policy updated; Opt out form released

Published Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Berkeley County School District (BCSD) has received confirmation that South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has, effective immediately, rescinded the state face covering policy with the exception of the school bus requirement that is now required by the federal government. Additionally, per the Governor’s Order, the South Carolina Department of Education provided school districts with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control consent form to opt out of the face mask requirement imposed on students by a school or district. 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) opt out form can be found here: 

In order to be valid, the form must be completed without change by the parent or guardian (or student, if age 18 or older).

SC DHEC's recommendations regarding COVID-19 precautions, including wearing face masks, have not changed. Wearing face masks and taking other precautions are important disease prevention methods that protect not only the person wearing the mask but also those around them from COVID-19. For your convenience, the South Carolina Department of Education School Bus Face Covering Guidelines can be found here: https://www.bcsdschools.net/Page/34736

If you do not want your child to wear a face covering at school, please review and complete the SC DHEC opt out form via the link provided above and return a signed copy to your child’s school. If you do not have access to the internet or a printer, please inform your child’s school and a form will be provided to you.