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Trustees again vote down Sumter schools mask mandate 5-4 but approve budget proviso resolution

A motion for a mask mandate was again placed on Sumter school board's agenda by a trustee on Monday, but it failed once more by a split vote. However, board members did unanimously approve a resolution urging the state's General Assembly to … more

'Not going to stop:' Sumter parents air concerns for more student safety measures

Sumter School District parents Kimberly Hodge and Mario and Michelle Giampopo are somewhat in a similar boat as district administrators: They are stuck in the middle of a political swamp and can't paddle. The parents all spoke during public … more

COVID-19 cases, quarantines down in Sumter schools

In the shortened Labor Day holiday week, new virus cases and quarantines in Sumter School District last week were at their lowest level so far this year. After recording 190 new positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff and directing 2,064 … more

10 districts fully virtual, 10 more are now mixed, South Carolina Education Department says

As of late Friday, there were 10 school districts in the state that are fully virtual due to COVID-19, and 10 more have a mix of schools that are either face to face or fully remote.The state … more

Resolution urging state to repeal budget proviso before Sumter's school board

In the continuing debate on mask mandates, Sumter's school board has a resolution on the table to urge the state’s General Assembly to repeal a budget amendment that bans them.According to its … more

Receive gift card, chance to win TV at vaccination event in Sumter on Saturday, Sept. 11

Carolina Forest at Sumter, 1965 Stadium Road, will hold a COVID-19 vaccination event on Saturday, Sept. 11., From 6:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees can receive either their first or second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. … more

Clarendon School District 2 extends virtual learning for another week

Clarendon School District 2 announced Thursday it will extend virtual instruction for another week because of new virus cases and an increase in the number of students in quarantine. The district first switched to temporary remote learning after … more

Clarendon 2 extends virtual learning for Manning schools

Clarendon School District 2 announced Thursday it will extend virtual instruction for another week due to new virus cases and an increase in the number of students in quarantine.The district first … more

'Just look at those statistics': Upstate hospitals again freeze non-emergency surgeries as COVID-19 patients filling beds

Early images of National Guard uniforms mingling with scrubs have returned. So have doctors' decisions on who receives care and who does not. Prisma Health announced Wednesday the state's largest health care system is postponing elective … more

Districts' focus is 'moving forward' after South Carolina report card results

Most knew student achievement has taken a hit in the pandemic, and last week's state report cards' release confirmed those drops. The only way to go is forward and to help students recover. "Moving forward" are the words of a state Department of … more

'Please, please, please help us.': Prisma says COVID-19 patients straining hospitals, nearing capacity across system

They say last week's already dire COVID-19 situation inside hospitals serving half the state is worse now. And they're begging people to take action. Prisma Health hospitals, spanning Sumter, the Midlands and the Upstate, are nearing capacity. … more

Pandemic produces multiple dilemmas in yearly student testing in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: scores show students falling behind; lack of participation is also a factor

As expected given the prolonged pandemic, state and area public school students struggled in the core subjects on last year's standardized tests, but another dilemma faces some districts low student participation rates. The state Department of … more

Sumter Liberty STEAM Charter School transitioning from classroom tables to desks for COVID social distancing

As a result of COVID-19 cases and quarantines in the last couple weeks, Liberty STEAM Charter School is transitioning instruction from classroom tables to individual desks spaced 3 feet apart. The first-year, public charter school's founding … more

Sumter gets $10M in American Rescue Plan Act COVID-19 money; county to fund 27 projects

Sumter County's public services, art enthusiasts and rural communities will start seeing a little extra funding coming their way. Sumter County Government was allocated $10,364,652 in American Rescue Plan Act funds, a funding source created as a … more

Clarendon School District 2 returns to virtual learning starting next week as virus spreads

Students in Clarendon School District 2 schools will be switching to remote learning on Tuesday, Sept.7, as COVID-19 cases and the number of students in quarantine continue to rise. The Manning-based school district, with a total enrollment of … more

COVID-19 cases up to 200 in week 2 in Sumter School District

After recording 145 positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff just before and during the first week of school, Sumter School District had 200 virus cases in the week ending Friday. Also, the number of students directed to quarantine spiked … more

Where to get a free COVID-19 vaccine, test in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties: Sept. 1-5

All South Carolinians aged 12 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and can schedule appointments. Currently, Pfizer is the only vaccine available to those aged 12-17, and it has received full authorization from the FDA for those … more

Sumter's Carolina Grove restaurant closes permanently, owners cite prolonged COVID-19 impacts

Citing challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, Sumter's Carolina Grove permanently closed its doors on Tuesday. The restaurant, which served homestyle Southern food, relayed the news … more

Manning cancels athletics for next week as school goes virtual amid rising COVID-19 cases

Manning High School is moving to full virtual learning next week. As a result, the school is putting athletics on hold. The cancellation of athletics will not go into effect until next week, which … more

Clarendon School District 2 returning to all-virtual learning amid COVID-19 cases, quarantines

Students in Clarendon School District 2 schools will be switching to remote learning on Tuesday, Sept.7, as COVID-19 cases and the number of students in quarantine continue to rise. The … more
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