COVID-19 Summer Programs Plans

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is my student required to get a COVID-19 test prior to their program?

Students who are participating in a summer program held on the GSSM campus in Hartsville, SC must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 5 days prior to arrival on campus, or provide proof of a completed course of a COVID-19 vaccination. 

Where can my student get a COVID-19 test?

Visit DHEC’s website for information on finding a testing site and scheduling a testing appointment. Free testing is available at several sites across the state.

Is a COVID-19 vaccination required for my student to participate in a GSSM summer program?

No, COVID-19 vaccination is not required.

Does my student have to wear a mask while participating in a GSSM summer program?

The parents and guardians of students enrolled in GSSM summer programs, on behalf of their student, have the option of opting-out of the GSSM face mask requirement. Any parent or guardian who chooses this option must complete and submit the “opt-out” form D-4286 developed by DHEC. Students who do not submit the signed opt-out form, staff, and visitors will continue to wear masks according to the GSSM policy.

Where can I find the DHEC opt-out form D-4286?

The form can be downloaded at https://scdhec.gov/sites/default/files/Library/D-4286.pdf.

Is my student required to quarantine before participating in a GSSM summer program?

No, but we encourage all program participants to quarantine and/or limit their social interactions for one week prior to attending their program.

What will happen if my student shows symptoms of COVID-19 during their program?

If a participant exhibits any symptoms of COVID-19 while participating in a GSSM summer program, a parent or guardian will be called. If the student is in a residential program, the parent or guardian will be asked to pick up their student within five hours of receiving the call from one of our nurses. If the student is in a day program, the parent or guardian will be asked to pick up their student within two hours of receiving the call from a site coordinator, or the partner school district’s nursing staff, if provided.

In accordance with CDC guidance, any program participant or staff member sent home due to illness should seek a COVID-19 test and remain away from campus until the test result is returned.

If the test result is negative, the participant or staff member may not return until the symptoms have improved. All requests to return to the GSSM campus must be approved by GSSM nursing staff. Requests to re-enter a partner school district host site must be approved by an official from the partner school district.

If the test result is positive, participants and staff should remain away from campus for at least 10 days after symptom onset and not return before 24 hours have passed without symptoms or use of any fever-reducing medication. Partner school district officials must approve all requests to return. All requests to return to the GSSM campus must be approved by GSSM nursing staff.

What will happen if my student is a close contact of someone who is sent home for showing COVID-19 symptoms?

In the event that a GSSM summer program participant or staff tests positive for COVID-19, contact tracing will be used to identify individuals who have been in close contact with the person, as defined by the CDC. GSSM will be using the contact tracing form provided by DHEC. Any positive cases will be reported to DHEC and other SC agencies as required. Program participants at our partner school district host sites will follow the district’s contact tracing guidelines.

Will camp fees be refunded if my student is sent home from their summer program for showing symptoms of COVID-19 or proven exposure resulting from contact tracing?

Refunds will be administered in keeping with our existing summer programs refund policies.

What specific safety measures are being taken at the partner school where my student will be participating in a GSSM day camp?

Each of our day camp locations will follow the policies outlined in this document, except where local guidance or procedures may result in modifications. Any modifications to our COVID-19 safety policies will be based upon mutual agreements between GSSM and our partner school districts.

Who may I contact with questions regarding the GSSM COVID-19 plan for this summer?

Please direct all questions to the GSSM nursing staff at: Nurses@gssm.k12.sc.us or 843-383-3901x3957