Sent on behalf of Interim President and Senior Vice President for Residential, Mr. Danny Dorsel:
 
Dear GSSM Community,
 
We are off to a solid start to the spring semester and continue to plan for the hybrid-learning environment that will begin Sunday, January 24, when some students return to the residence halls. This change will be a transition for all of us and one that will require our continued working together and supporting of each other.
 
Please review carefully the following items related to this transition:
  1. Later this week, the students scheduled to participate in the first seven-week residency will receive communication from the Dean of Students Office with information about move-in, parking, and related details. This information will go directly to the students via their GSSM email accounts. Parents will also receive a similar communication.
  2. Students planning to return to the residence halls on January 24th should self-quarantine at home. The expectations for self-quarantining at home were included in the Spring Semester 2021 Return-to-Residency Planyou received on November 20th, 2020. (https://www.scgssm.org/sites/default/files/return_to_residency_plan_bot_2021.pdf)
    • The self-quarantine period should occur starting on Sunday, January 10.
    • Prepare to return healthy
      • At least two weeks before residence halls open, students will be asked to take extra care to follow physical distancing guidelines (6-feet apart) within their home. This will include refraining from unnecessary travel outside the home, limiting visitation from non-family members, and complying with all CDC guidelines.
  3. As the Spring Semester 2021 Return-to-Residency Plan states, GSSM will continue to follow infection rates published by DHEC to monitor infection activity within Darlington County. When the DHEC two-week cumulative incidence rate or percent positive rate (metrics and categorizations can be found at the end of this section) reaches HIGH for Darlington County adjustments may be made to the calendar, schedule, and campus policies to minimize the risk to the campus community. Other relevant indicators besides the DHEC published rates may also be consulted when we make such decisions.
    • We plan for students to return to the residence halls on Sunday, January 24.
    • On Monday, January 18, we will review the current situation in Darlington County and the state. By the end of the day, we will let families know of any changes to the Spring Semester 2021 Return-to-Residency Plan that we need to make.
    • Please note that January 19 is the earliest day the COVID-19 test can be dated, which is five days before move-in on Sunday, January 24.
      • The test can be an antigen (rapid) or PCR test.
      • As a reminder, changes could include, but are not limited to, shifts in the calendar and campus policies such as students’ ability to leave campus.
      • A negative test result is required to return to the residence halls.

I want to thank the following members of our parent community for serving on the GSSM Medical Advisory Group that will be a valuable resource as we continue to move through the spring semester:
 
Dr. Rodney Alan
Class of 2020 and 2022 parent
Orthopedics, McLeod Health
 
Dr. Pat Cawley
Class of 2022 parent
CEO, MUSC Health and Vice President for Health Affairs
 
Dr. Amy Murrell
Class of 2022 parent
General Surgery, McLeod Health
 
Gretchen Pender, BSN CCRN
Class of 2021 parent
Critical Care, Tidelands Health
 
It will take our entire community working together to make this semester successful for all of the students we serve.  I am confident we will be successful and I look forward to working with everyone as we make this success a reality.

Sincerely,

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