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, one-third of the students were tested on Wednesday, and all were negative.

Reminders of safety precautions

  • For the most part, students are doing a good job following the safety protocols, but we can do better.
  • More than half of the non-compliance reports are related to students not submitting their REACH surveys on time.
  • Tags
  • Please charge them weekly and make sure they are on when wearing them.
  • Wear them facing outwards to show others that your tag is on by its flashing light – help others help you.
  • Social distancing
  • Compared to last week, we had a 50% reduction in the time logged that tags were within 6 feet (close contact range) of another tag – great job!!
  • Let's try for another 50% reduction from this week to next.
  • There have been some violations of curfew. Signing out and in is a must.
  • Reminder on campus curfew
  • Students may sign out between 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM.
  • Building curfew is 7:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, and 9:00 PM on Friday and Saturday.
  • The walking boundaries are from 4th to 6th street on Carolina Avenue and College Avenue. Mask and contact tracing tags must be worn when you are in town.
  • As a reminder, we will continue to communicate with students and parents regarding non-compliance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Academics

  • The faculty met this week to discuss what went well and what can go better in our current teaching environment.
  • They continue to work hard to deliver exceptional courses in this new way.
  • Students have been proactive in letting us know areas that are working well, and that could use improvement – this type of feedback is invaluable.

Interim Update

  • This year's interim will be May 5-19.
  • There will be in-person and synchronous online options available for students.
  • Faculty are working to adapt the classes they had planned for January Interim or to develop new courses if the January courses are no longer feasible.
  • In March, we will send out a new interim catalog.
  • 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.

Graduation Update

  • Graduation will be on May 22.
  • We are working to have the best ceremony we can for students and families while keeping everyone safe. Thanks for your patience as we continue to plan.

I hope everyone has a great and refreshing weekend.

Sincerely,

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