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BCSD school bus face covering disciplinary measures

Published Friday, September 17, 2021

On August, 27, 2021, The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) issued a memorandum stating it would again enforce the CDC’s order requiring the use of face coverings by students and staff on state owned and operated school buses.

As a part of that memorandum, the SCDE stated all school districts must be in compliance by August 30, 2021. In addition, the SCDE stated the following (view memorandum):

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.”

“We provided our students and families with a few weeks to become acclimated with the school bus mask mandate,” said BCSD Superintendent Deon Jackson. “The South Carolina Department of Education equipped our buses with an adequate supply of face coverings that will be provided to any student who needs a mask. As our school buses are owned, funded and maintained by the state department of education, students and staff utilizing these buses for transport to and from school are expected to adhere to the requirements of the CDC order and the South Carolina Department of Education.”

Below are BCSD’s disciplinary measures related to face covering use on school buses. These measures will go into effect on Monday, September 20, 2021.

  • First offense: student warning and note provided to parent
  • Second offense: parent contact and one day of bus suspension
  • Third offense: parent contact and two days of bus suspension
  • Fourth offense: parent contact and three days of bus suspension
  • Fifth offense: parent contact and five days of bus suspension
  • Sixth offense: parent contact and loss of bus privileges 

Students will receive discipline, according to the discipline measures above, if they refuse to wear a face covering while riding the bus.