SC School Board Association calling on the General Assembly to give districts the power to make health and safety decisions regarding COVID-19

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– The South Carolina School Board Association says it is calling on the State General Assembly to empower local school boards and districts to make decisions regarding the health and safety of their school communities concerning COVID-19. SCSBA Executive Director Scott Price released a statement, calling on members of the General Assembly to either suspend the temporary provisos regarding masks and virtual learning, or to give decision making power about protecting students to local school boards and districts.

“For us, it’s not about whether or not masks are required in schools, or if virtual learning should be an option at this time. It is, however, about who is best positioned to monitor and modify safety protocol and make the best decisions to keeps students and employees safe – your local school board,”  said Scott Price, SCSBA executive director.  “Treating this pandemic responsibly and keeping kids in schools is the top priority of local school districts. The Legislature should step back and let them do their job!”

The SCSBA says the surge in COVID-19 cases must be addressed by those who are ultimately responsible for the well-being of students and school staff.

 

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