Greenville County Schools is testing the possibility of using plexiglass dividers in elementary school classrooms, the school district announced on Thursday, Oct. 1. The district is working with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, school principals and school staff to see if it’s a viable option.
DHEC has already approved these dividers, which would allow up to four students to sit at one table with only 3 feet of physical distance instead of the recommended 6 feet. Each group of students would be placed 6 feet apart.
“Because of how these dividers are designed, if one child were to test positive for COVID-19, the other three who shared their table would not have to be quarantined so long as safety protocols were followed,” Greenville County Schools spokesperson Tim Waller said in a statement.
GCS has sent a survey to its teachers for their insight into the addition of the plexiglass and adding more in-person days for students, Waller said. The results will be included in the school district’s decision.
The school district plans to make an official announcement early next week.