COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO) – State education groups are calling on the legislature to repeal or change a budget provision that prevents districts from issuing mask warrants. This morning, the South Carolina Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of School Nurses of South Carolina, the PTA of South Carolina, the South Carolina Education Association and the Palmetto State Teachers Association released a statement. joint.
They are calling on House Speaker Jay Lucas and Senate Speaker Harvey Peeler to hold an emergency session of the legislature to remove a budget provision that prevents districts from using state funds to uphold a mandate of mask.
The statement says, in part, “Over the past year, local school districts have been able to respond to local health conditions by taking actions aligned with the resources and capacities of the district. As a result, cases of COVID-19 in schools were extremely limited with far fewer students facing learning disruptions due to quarantine. These results were obtained by local school districts implementing mitigation strategies recommended by our public health authorities, including the universal use of face masks.
This year, however, the ability of districts to ensure student safety has been severely compromised by state-level policy decisions that were taken at a time when public health conditions were significantly different – and better – than that. ‘they are not today. “
State lawmakers are expected to return for a special session next month, but the budget reserve is not on the agenda.
You can read the full statement here.