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Mask up on Sumter School District buses on Monday

Per a directive from the state Department of Education on Thursday, Sumter School District will also be requiring face masks on its school buses for students and staff beginning Monday. District Superintendent Penelope Martin-Knox sent a letter … more

When can a school go virtual this year?

When can a public school in South Carolina go to virtual, remote learning at least temporarily, given the current surge in COVID-19 associated with the delta variant? That has become a major question in the last week or so locally and statewide, … more

Clarendon School District 2 sees increase of quarantined students in second week of school

It's the second full week of school, and the number of students and staff with COVID-19 continues to rise in Clarendon School District 2 schools. On Monday, the school district received reports that a group of students was exposed to COVID-19 at … more

Sumter County Government explains role in Sumter School District affairs

Sumter County residents raised concerns about the current COVID-19 surge to their local officials, requesting they do something about the matter. Three women, all of whom are mothers, addressed Sumter County Council during its Tuesday meeting, … more

Proviso mask cases before S.C. Supreme Court next week

The South Carolina Supreme Court will take up two cases Tuesday involving mask requirements that will hopefully bring clarity to the state budget proviso passed by the General Assembly in June banning local mask mandates. Both Sumter-area state … more

Prisma Health: 56 of 59 on ventilators with COVID-19 unvaccinated; Crestwood High is hosting vaccine event Friday

As hospitals across the state begin implementing surge plans to make room for more beds and open new floors, a Sumter vaccination event has a goal to combat the numbers. Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which was fully approved by the Food and Drug … more

Bishopville vaccine event participants have chance to win a TV or laptop

FROM STAFF REPORTS Only 41% of eligible Lee County residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, in comparison to 72% nationally, according to state public health data, and people who haven't gotten their shot have the chance … more

Sumter School District trustees vote down mask requirement 5-4

As a national debate on the issue continues, Sumter School District's Board of Trustees decided Monday night to not require that face masks be worn by students and teachers in schools. In a split 5-4 vote, trustees voting for the motion, favoring … more

Sumter school board votes down mask requirement 5-4

Sumter School District’s Board of Trustees decided Monday night to not require that face masks be worn in schools and district facilities. In a split 5-4 vote, trustees voting for the … more

Sumter School District quarantine policy for siblings 'makes no sense,' parent of twins says; a ‘close contact’ of a ‘close contact’ can still go to school, per CDC

With twins at Pocalla Springs Elementary School, Bridget Conyers says she is in a difficult situation with one child in quarantine and the other one still at school. On Thursday after contact tracing of a positive COVID-19 case at Pocalla … more

129 COVID-19 cases in Sumter School District schools 1st week

Since Monday, a total of 129 students and staff in Sumter School District have tested positive for COVID-19, and roughly 8.5% of all students have been directed to quarantine. Those totals were as of the end of the school day on Friday and … more

Clarendon School District 4 has 'game plan' for COVID-19 safety

As students went back to the classroom Monday, Clarendon School District 4's Board of Trustees went over their "game plan" for the new school year amid a continued and resurgent pandemic. "I know one thing that is on everyone's mind is how can we … more

City of Bishopville to reinstate public mask ordinance

With the recent resurgence of COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious delta variant, the city of Bishopville is once again requiring masks be worn in public areas. At Thursday's special called meeting, Bishopville City Council, with the … more

COVID-19 exposure puts dozens from Manning Elementary in quarantine

Just a few days into the academic year, Manning Elementary School sent home dozens of students after being exposed to COVID-19. In an announcement posted to Facebook Thursday after school was … more

CCTC, USC Sumter require face coverings in indoor campus facilities following state top court ruling

Central Carolina Technical College will require face coverings for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, inside its campus facilities starting today. This decision followed the South Carolina … more

TourHealth moves COVID-19 testing site

TourHealth has moved its daily COVID-19 testing site from Central Carolina Technical College to USC Sumter, 200 Miller Road. A list provided this week by the state's public health department did not include the update. more

COVID-19, year 2: As school year begins in Sumter School District, Principal Wells settles in at Rafting Creek Elementary

REMBERT - As debate continues to swirl at the state level regarding mask mandates for children given the surge in COVID-19, Tuesday was the first day of school for students across Sumter School District. Here at Rafting Creek Elementary School, … more

Prisma Health doctors: COVID-19 vaccine doesn't impact pregnancy or fertility

With the delta variant of COVID-19 continuing to create havoc largely among unvaccinated Americans, Prisma Health doctors want to clear up misinformation about a group of especially vulnerable people: pregnant people. Hospitals in the Midlands … more

Opinion: Look at the facts and protect yourself and neighbors

As the dawn of a new school year breaks, parents and children alike are concerned about the new mask mandates that will arise in a new era of COVID-19. Gov. Henry McMaster let it be known during a press briefing that he will not be pushed from his … more

Morris College will require masks as students prepare to return this fall

While public schools in South Carolina open their doors without a mask mandate and the state experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, a Sumter college will follow its own path in making sure its students stay healthy. Morris College is requiring … more
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