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 final third of the students were tested on Thursday and all were negative.
  • We will start over next week with the first third of students being tested again.

Reminders of safety precaution

  • Students need to sit only one person per bench seat at the tables outside which means no more than four students should be at a table.
  • The REACH survey no longer needs to be completed on Saturdays and Sundays; however, completing the self-health check is still a good idea for yourself and your community members.
  • Walking boundary reminder: Students may travel primarily on Carolina Avenue and College Avenue between 4th and 6th Streets. Mask wearing is required when walking around Hartsville. 
  • While students are not prohibited from eating in local restaurants, students should be mindful of the associated risks per CDC guidance.
  • Thank you to all students for continuing to do the right thing to keep themselves and others healthy.

Research Colloquium

State testing at GSSM: ACT (Feb. 23) and SAT (Mar. 3)

  • ACT & SAT prep sessions
    • GSSM will offer standardized test prep sessions in varying formats over the next 2 weeks.
  • ACT
    • Math: Ms. Barnett will soon send a link to a recorded ACT MATH prep session by Dr. Kaczkowski, along with additional material to help you prepare.
    • English: Dr. De Ridder will teach an English ACT prep session via Zoom at 4:30 PM Monday, February 22: 
  • SAT 
    • Math 4:30 – 5:15 PM
      • Wed., Feb. 24
      • Dr. Kaczkowski 
    • English 4:30 – 5:15 PM
      • Thurs., Feb. 25
      • Dr. De Ridder 
    • Math 4:30 – 5:15 PM
      • Mon., March 1
      • Dr. Kaczkowski 
    • English 4:30 – 5:15 PM
      • Tues., March 2
      • Dr. De Ridder 

AP exam update

  • We are working on the AP testing schedule for students that will be on campus and for those that will be at home.  College Board has provided a framework for schools to work within in order to meet the needs of their students.
  • We hope to have our plan ready to be sent to students and families in early March.

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