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Richland One Lifts Mask Requirement for Students and Staff

Effective immediately, Richland One students and staff will not be required to wear masks inside district schools or other facilities, on district property or on school buses.

Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon said the announcement is in accordance with Proviso 1.108 which was adopted by the South Carolina General Assembly. Students and staff who want to continue to wear masks or other face coverings can choose to do so.

“While the mask requirement has been lifted for our students and staff, we want to note that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) still recommend that persons who have not been fully vaccinated wear masks,” said Dr. Witherspoon. “We urge everyone age 12 and up to get vaccinated.”

Richland One is holding drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinics this summer in partnership with Prisma Health and DHEC. The first clinic was held July 1 at Caughman Road Elementary School. Other clinics are scheduled for July 15 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Middle School; July 22 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Caughman Road Elementary; and August 5 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at St. Andrews Middle. Vaccinations are free and registration is not required. Children under 16 must have parental consent.

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccination clinics, go to the district’s website (