Orangeburg Co. students choose masks and follow public health recommendations

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (WIS) – The majority of students and staff follow public health recommendations for wearing masks indoors in Orangeburg County.

The Orangeburg County School District reports (from August 16 to August 20) 17 students and 11 employees who are COVID-19 positive. 408 are in quarantine.

Orangeburg County School District Superintendent Dr. Shawn Foster, attended 12 schools on Monday and was proud that so many parents, guardians and students chose to wear masks.

“At one of the first schools I went to, I noticed that there was only one student in the whole school who didn’t wear a mask,” said Dr. Foster. “In many of our schools, all employees and students choose to wear a mask. While we cannot currently require masks, it is highly recommended that potential exposures be kept low, especially during this huge surge in COVID-19 cases across the state and nation. I am proud of these people who have taken additional security precautions to protect themselves and others around them. “

This is because law prevents South Carolina public schools from requiring students or employees to wear masks within buildings.

Vaccinated people are also currently being asked to wear a mask indoors.

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