Updated October 14, 2021

    The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind will begin school in August following guidance provided by the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

    We will closely monitor recommendations from these agencies and make changes as necessary. All DHEC exclusion protocols will be followed.

    Mask Wearing
    Although mask wearing is optional for students and staff, it is recommended for those who are not vaccinated when indoors or when social distancing outdoors is not possible. Students and staff may choose to wear masks. Students and staff will be required to wear masks on the bus.

    Temperature Checks
    Temperature Checks will be conducted by staff prior to the student exiting their car and/or boarding a school bus; residential students will be checked daily by dormitory staff, in the early morning. It is standard procedure for a Nurse to take a student’s temperature as part of every assessment.

    In order to protect our students and staff, visitors will not be permitted on campus at this time.

    Social Distancing
    SCSDB will continue to follow DHEC recommendation for social distancing. Students and Staff in classrooms, dormitories, and common areas will maintain a distance of six feet or more from others, to the greatest extent possible.

    Contact Tracing
    SCSDB will continue to follow DHEC recommendations for contact tracing and reporting when a student, staff member, or visitor tests positive for COVID-19.

    Close Contact Quarantine
    Individuals who are confirmed as close contacts (closer than six feet for greater than 15 minutes cumulatively) with a person who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus will be sent home for 14 days to quarantine. Students who are close contacts of a COVID-19 positive person will not have to quarantine if the exposed student wore a mask at the time of exposure.

    Fully vaccinated people and people verified to have been infected with COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not need to quarantine unless they develop symptoms. Please note: students/families and staff are not required to be vaccinated nor to provide proof of vaccination. Providing proof of vaccination is optional should a student/family or staff member wish to bypass quarantine. Fully vaccinated people are recommended to get tested 3-5 days after exposure even if they do not have symptoms. Additionally, it is recommended that these individuals wear a mask at school until 14 days after exposure or they receive a negative test result.

    Students or Staff who are deemed close contacts and do not wish to provide proof of vaccination will be required to quarantine for 14 days after the last day of contact with the infected person. For those who live in the same household as someone recovering from COVID-19, the quarantine period begins when the infected person completes their 10-day isolation period.

    Positive Test and Isolation
    Students or Staff who test positive for COVID-19 will remain home for 10 days and may return to campus after their isolation period, as long as they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication and have improved symptoms. 

    Enhanced building cleaning and sanitizing protocols will continue. Classrooms and meeting room cleaning and sanitizing supplies will remain stocked.

    Frequent hand washing and the use of hand-sanitizers will continue to be encouraged.

    We will continue to monitor SCDE and DHEC guidance and may adjust our safety protocols in response to changing recommendations or regulations.