Sent on behalf of Interim President / Senior Vice President for Residential, Mr. Danny Dorsel:

Dear GSSM Community,

Please find below some updates for this week.

COVID-19 testing, cases and contract tracing

  • There were no COVID-19 cases reported this week.
  • Thanks to our continued partnership with MUSC, the second third of the students were tested on Wednesday and all were negative.

Reminders of safety precaution

  • The REACH survey is required to be completed by 11:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Thank you to all students for continuing to do the right thing to keep themselves and others healthy.

Social distancing

  • Compared to last week, we had a 36% reduction in the time logged that tags were within 6 feet (close contact range) of another tag.
  • This 36% reduction is after a 50% reduction the week before – well done!!

Course selection process for the Class of 2022

  • Next week, juniors will receive the course catalog for 2021-2022 with instructions on meeting with their Academic Advisors and requesting courses for their senior year.
  • Parents will receive the course catalog next week as well so that they can discuss options with their students.

Grade Update

  • Next week students will receive an update on their grades in each class.
  • This update is provided ahead of mid-term so that students can make proper adjustments, such as meeting with teachers outside of class more frequently if the grade they are earning is not where they would like it to be.

Interim Update

  • The faculty are working on putting the final touches on their interim courses.
  • The course interim course catalog should be ready and sent to students at the beginning of March.
  • This year's interim will be May 5-19.
  • There will be in-person and synchronous online options available for students.
  • All students will have the option to stay in their January class if it can still be offered.
  • If students need or want to choose another class, they will be enrolled based on availability, class (seniors then juniors), and when they turn in their preferences.
  • Thanks for your patience as we work to get the new catalog ready.

I hope everyone has a great and refreshing weekend.


Mr. Danny Dorsel
Interim President / Senior Vice President for Residential
SC Governor's School for Science + Mathematics