Charleston County school board meets for first time since implementing mask mandate

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 2:17 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 5:59 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston County School Board met for the first time on Monday since implementing the district-wide mask mandate.

This comes after a judge ruled in favor of the district’s mask policy after parents in the district attempted to block the mandate.

The school board heard from parents at the district headquarters. During the meeting, a group of people held an anti-mask protest just outside the meeting.

But inside, although things were calmer the majority of the parents inside were giving a similar message.

While a couple have spoken in favor praising the board, many of the others signed up either did not show up or we’re not allowed inside. Monday’s agenda did not list any plans to discuss any changes to the mask policy.

The Board of Trustees also planned to discuss their plans for spending $163 million in federal funds. The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund, also known as the ESSER Fund, is being allocated to help schools amid the pandemic.

The district Superintendent was also set to give an update on COVID-19 numbers in schools.

Monday’s meeting comes just days after Governor Henry McMaster issued a letter directly to the district asking them to stop using School Resource Officers to enforce their mask mandate.

“Among other things, I am concerned that the district’s aggressive use of school resource officers may inadvertently create unhealthy, erroneous and negative stereotypes of law enforcement officers, especially among our young children,” McMaster said in the letter.

The district says they already don’t.

“I can confirm our district has not asked any of the school resource officers who serve in our schools nor any of our law enforcement partners to enforce the Board’s mask requirement,” said Andy Pruitt, the spokesperson for the district.

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