Schools implement mask mandates: F1S, FMU, FDTC all requiring face coverings to be worn
The leadership of Florence One Schools, Florence-Darlington Technical College, Francis Marion University all announced updated regulations in the wearing of face coverings last week.
The decision were made in response to rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant across the Pee Dee region.
At its regular meeting on Thursday, the Florence One Schools Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve a 60-day indoor mask mandate.
Florence One Schools Superintendent, Richard O'Malley said that the mandate is similar to the one enforced by the district last year. He explained the mandate would not apply to eating in the cafeteria or outdoor activities. He stated the board could revisit the mandate at its October meeting.
The measure passed the board includes a provision that no state funds be used to enforce the mandate.
On Wednesday, Florence-Darlington Technical College announced its mask mandate.
“Effective immediately, Florence-Darlington Technical College will implement a mask mandate for all employees, students and visitors,” stated the announcement from Interim President Ed Bethea. “Regardless of Covid-19 vaccination status, masks will be required indoors, except in private offices or when eating and drinking.”
Also on Wednesday, Francis Marion University, officials announced on Aug. 18 that the university is requiring that masks or face coverings be worn by everyone – vaccinated and unvaccinated – in indoor, public areas.
“This policy applies to all campus facilities and includes classrooms, hallways, laboratories, the library, and other communal spaces,” stated the announcement. “Masks are not required in private offices or work spaces, individual residence rooms, or while eating or drinking in the various dining venues across campus.”
FMU President Fred Carter notified University faculty and staff of the revised procedures in an email following a decision from the South Carolina Supreme Court regarding masking and institutions of higher education.
New and returning students were informed of the revision via an email from the Dean of Students.