Of the 11,000 Greenville County Faculties staff, 1,700 have been absent Jan. 10 — most of them COVID-19 associated, the district introduced Monday night time.

As such, officers are contemplating going to eLearning as soon as once more, based on GCS director of media relations Tim Waller. Officers will make choices about eLearning on a school-by-school foundation slightly than on a district-wide scale, he mentioned.

“Whereas the district will present as a lot advance discover as potential, due to the fluid nature of those circumstances, there isn’t any strategy to precisely predict the variety of absences far prematurely,” Waller mentioned. He suggested mother and father to have a plan in place ought to their college students’ college be moved to eLearning. Officers will attempt to verify mother and father are knowledgeable as quickly as potential by College Messenger, the Backpack mum or dad portal and thru media retailers.

DHEC has up to date its quarantine pointers for individuals who’ve been uncovered to COVID-19:

  • College students 5-17 years outdated should have been totally vaccinated (however not required to have a booster) to keep away from having to quarantine after publicity to the virus.
  • College students 18 years or older should have acquired the preliminary pictures and the booster to keep away from quarantine.
  • College students 18 years or older who’ve had a documented constructive COVID-19 case inside the previous 90 days may keep away from quarantine.

DHEC additionally permits the usage of at-home fast checks in figuring out when these in quarantine can return to work or class.

The college has additionally opened testing websites just for college employees and college students. They’re:

  • Fountain Inn Excessive College, 644 Quillen Ave., Fountain Inn, scholar parking zone (entry off Cross Street)
  • Mt. Anderson Assist Heart, 100 Blassingame Street, Greenville, Southside Excessive College soccer subject parking zone
  • Northside Park, 101 W. Darby Street, Greenville, Otter Creek Water Park parking space

Websites shall be open  10 a.m. to six p.m. Monday by Friday and on the weekends from 1 to four p.m., with prolonged hours on Jan. 15-16 and Jan. 22-23 from 1-6 p.m.

To qualify for early return from quarantine:

  • Should stay symptom-free
  • Detrimental take a look at collected no prior to day four of quarantine
  • Check outcomes mechanically submitted to GCS
  • New return to high school/work date emailed to scholar/worker
  • Observe: Don’t return to GCS facility till steerage is acquired

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