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Greenville, South Carolina (WSPA) – Just one month after the beginning of the school year, more than 7,500 South Carolina students were diagnosed with COVID-19.
7 News spoke with the director of the Greenville County School District.
Dr. Burke Royster said the district was “very successful” despite the pandemic and all the challenges associated with it.
From his office in downtown Greenville, Royster explained how complex it is to run the state’s largest school district in a pandemic. The state legislature funds and manages almost every aspect of public schools.
His office hears from parents who want the district to do more to protect their children, and parents who think it’s overkill and don’t want masks or vaccinations. I said there was.
Parents who want to do more point to the Charleston County School District, which started the mask requirement on Monday by paying compliance staff with reserve funds.
The district’s administration said the approach would continue to comply with state budget requirements, as funds from this year’s budget would not be used to implement the requirements.
Royster said it was not something his district would consider.
“If you’re looking for a way to strictly follow this definition to avoid using state funds, I don’t think it’s legal. (SC Supreme) The court’s ruling isn’t just about using state funds. Seemed to be a little more widespread. “
One step the district may have to take is to require teachers and staff to be vaccinated under President Joe Biden’s new OSHA Work Vaccine Requirements Order.
Royster advertised a vaccination clinic held by the district for staff prior to the school year while waiting for state instructions on the matter.
“I think this is one of the reasons why employees who test positive are 2.3% isolated,” he said.
Royster receives daily reports on the number of positive students and staff.
He sees the recent numbers as promising, acknowledging how Delta is expected to surge and decline over time.
“Our numbers last week show that we may be downhill,” he said.
Burke attributed this decline to his hard work on contact tracing.
He explained that sending the entire class home is not the right approach if the student tests positive.
Instead, he said, students who were exposed and negative between days 5 and 7 could return to day 8.
“This allows students to return to class faster, but it’s still safe.”
One-on-one with Greenville Co. Schools Superintendent Burke Royster Source link One-on-one with Greenville Co. Schools Superintendent Burke Royster