The South Carolina Department of Education has informed Greenville County Schools that students riding state-owned school buses no longer have to wear face masks, the school district announced in an email on Thursday, July 8.
SCDE told GCS that school buses are included in the state’s prohibition against local mask mandates, which was adopted by the Legislature on June 21. The school district noted that the state department of education has been following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s order requiring anyone riding public transportation to wear a mask.
GCS, however, said education department officials determined that the state prohibition removes that requirement from school buses while noting that those who wish to wear masks on school buses can continue doing 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,” the school district’s email stated.