South Carolina School Buses Do Not Require Face Masks Anymore

Greenville County Schools announced on Thursday that students and staff will no longer be compelled to wear masks on school buses.

According to the SCDE, school buses are now covered by the state’s mask prohibition, which was enacted by the General Assembly in the 2021-22 Appropriations Bill. 

The school district previously stated that the SCDE enforced the CDC’s mandate requiring the use of facial coverings on public transportation, including school buses. Officials have ruled, however, that the state provision eliminates the need to enforce that order.

According to the school system, wearing masks is no longer mandatory, but is highly recommended. If a person does not want to wear a mask, they may do so.

“It is important to note that the use of face coverings by students and staff on school buses and within school facilities remains a recommendation of state and federal public health officials and Proviso 1.108 does not prevent individuals from wearing facial coverings if they choose to do so,” said Greenville County Schools Spokesperson Tim Waller.

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