Face masks no longer mandatory for F1S
Superintendent states school district is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy teaching and learning environment throughout all of its schools.
Florence One Schools will no longer require face masks for staff or students, according to a statement released last week by Superintendent Richard O’Malley.
“Florence One will no longer require face coverings in or out of school-operated facilities for staff or students,” stated O’Malley. “The school district is dedicated to providing a safe and healthy teaching and learning environment throughout all of its schools. We believe over the past year that we have managed the unprecedented global pandemic in a professional and efficient manner focused on healthy and safe learning environments and parental choice in learning modalities.
” The statement came following the May 11 executive order from S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster in which parents can now decide whether or not their children will wear a mask at school.
The executive order “encourages all individuals within the State of South Carolina who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a face covering and further defined herein, in public settings where they are, will be, or reasonably could be located in close proximity to others who are not members of the same household and where it is not feasible to maintain six (6) feet of separation from such individuals or to otherwise practice effective ‘social distancing’ in accordance with CDC and DHEC guidance.
“ The order also prohibits any political subdivision of this state from promulgating guidelines regarding the use of face coverings by its employees or in government offices, buildings, and facilities that are consistent with guidance from DHEC or from implementing appropriate measures or undertaking efforts to “reasonably adhere to public health guidance” for purposes of the South Carolina COVID-19 Liability Immunity ACT.
State Schools Superintendent Molly Spearman also announced the rescinding of the state face covering policy with the exception of the school bus requirement that is now required by the U.S federal government.
“Florence 1 Schools will continue to encourage students and staff to wear face coverings while in school in order to follow the public health guidance previously issued by DHEC and the CDC,
” O’Malley’s statement went on to say. “However, the district will no longer require face coverings in or out of school-operated facilities for staff or students based upon the governor’s executive order and the rescinding of the state’s face covering policy by the superintendent. The district is requesting that all parents fill out a waiver found of the Florence One School district web page (www.F1S.org). Thank you for your continued patience.”