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Statement from Richland One Superintendent Dr. Craig Witherspoon on the Ruling by the South Carolina Supreme Court (9-2-2021)

This afternoon (Thursday, September 2), the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a ruling against the City of Columbia’s ordinance which mandates that students and staff at elementary and middle schools within the city wear masks.
We hoped that the Court would have rendered a ruling that is more protective of our youngest and most vulnerable students who are not vaccine-protected at this time.
While today’s ruling spoke to the city’s ordinance, there is still another case before the Court. Pending that ruling, Richland One’s Board Policy ADD (Face Covering) will remain in effect.
Our priority continues to be protecting the health and safety of our students and staff.
Craig Witherspoon, Ed.D.
Richland County School District One