BEAUFORT COUNTY, S.C. (WTOC) - Several students at two Beaufort County schools are quarantining after potential exposure to COVID-19.
According to the school system’s communications director, May River High School was notified of two people associated with the band that tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution and to follow DHEC guidelines, approximately 50 members of the band will be quarantining. The quarantine will last for 14 days from the last date of close contact.
The Bluffton High School junior varsity football team will also quarantine for 14 days. According to the school system, the quarantine is a result of a Colleton County player that tested positive for COVID-19. The two schools played a football game recently.
The coaches were not in close-contact with the player on the opposing team. Only members of the JV football team were asked to quarantine.
Nearly 100 students in total across the district are in quarantine. Schools return to in-person learning in five days. The district says this is exactly what they have been preparing for over the last several months and they will be continuing with in-person school as planned.
The district has a three-step COVID-19 notification process. When a student test positive everyone that has been in contact with the student will be notified and the affected school will send an email to its parents and staff.
Lesson plans will be communicated to the parent by the teacher or principal. If a teacher or staff member test positive, they will also quarantine.
“This is not entirely unexpected for us. The good thing is that we are prepared for it. We have really clear reentry plans; we recognize that we have protocols and our principles are required to follow. And as a district we are going to be executing them at a high-level and with fidelity,” Deputy Superintendent Duke Bradley said.
And the district says if an exposure or positive case is confirmed, they will act as quickly as possible, but that does require people who test positive to let school officials know.