Updated COVID-19 Protocols January 2022

January 12, 2022

The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics updated its COVID-19 Protocols in January 2022 in response to changes in guidance from DHEC and the CDC.

We will respond as necessary to any changes in public health recommendations or government regulations.

COVID-19 Symptoms
Any of the following symptoms may present during a COVID-19 infection: fever, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, new loss of taste or smell, severe headache.

Close Contact
A close contact is someone who spent an accumulated 15 minutes within 6 feet of someone in the 24-hour period before their positive test result. 
Health Services will notify people when they are found to have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

Vaccination Status
Students should send a copy of updated vaccine records to nurses@gssm.k12.sc.us.

COVID-19 Responses
This chart outlines the steps to take if someone tests positive for COVID-19 or is found to be a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 Response ChartMask Wearing
Mask wearing is optional for students, but highly recommended for those who are not vaccinated when indoors or when social distancing outdoors is not possible. We ask everyone to be sensitive to any health issues or mask-wearing preferences others have, especially when entering their office or work area.

Visitors
Only essential visitors will be allowed in the building. Masks that fully cover the nose and mouth are REQUIRED to be properly worn by all visitors entering the building, including parents and family members. 
When assisting students to move in or out of the residence halls, only one family member may accompany the student at a time.

Students who have completed a vaccination regimen prior to the close contact event may remain in residence and will be asked to monitor themselves closely for any change in health. 

Hygiene
Enhanced building cleaning and sanitizing protocols will continue. Classrooms and meeting room cleaning and sanitizing supplies will remain stocked. 
Frequent hand washing and the use of hand-sanitizers will continue to be encouraged.

Ventilation and Mitigation
Ionic scrubbers, filtration, and constant air turnover will continue throughout the building.

Plexiglass Barriers
We will provide plexiglass barriers on some dining hall tables for those who prefer them and in offices where desired.

Personal Health Awareness
Faculty, staff, and students may not come on campus if they have any COVID-19 symptoms or if they feel ill. In such circumstances, students must contact Health Services to get clearance to leave their rooms. 
All persons entering the building will scan themselves at self-service temperature scanning stations and may proceed only after receiving a green all-clear result.

Adjustments
We will continue to monitor CDC/DHEC guidance and may adjust our COVID-19 safety protocols in response to changing recommendations or regulations. 

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