COVID-19 vaccines are recommended for children 5 and older. These vaccines are safe, effective, and free, and reduce the risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19. Getting vaccinated and wearing masks are the best ways to protect students and teachers from COVID-19, as well as getting tested at recommended times.
The Isolation and Quarantine Data report only captures information on staff and students who are absent from school because they are in quarantine or isolation. Schools may now suspend quarantine, test-to-stay (TTS), and contact tracing if they have two consecutive weeks with less than 10 percent of their staff and student population absent due to COVID-19 isolation. Therefore, schools who suspend quarantine and TTS will enter “0” for quarantine numbers but will still report isolation.
Schools who must continue with a TTS program due to COVID isolations of 10 percent or higher of their staff and student population will NOT count those staff and students who are close contacts but who attend school, rather than having to quarantine under the TTS program. Schools who must quarantine but do not have TTS will enter quarantine numbers as usual.
Please note that school holidays and breaks may impact school reporting of isolation and quarantine data. An "NR" for no report will be issued to schools who do not report due to such breaks.
On Sept. 15, 2021, DHEC’s school cases dashboard was archived and replaced with a new weekly report (above) for K-12 public, private, and charter schools. It provides COVID-19 numbers reported directly from our state’s schools.
The report includes the number of:
- students and school staff who are isolated – meaning they meet t;he CDC case-defining criteria for a Confirmed or Probable COVID-19 case, as present in the SCDHEC COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 schools,
- students and school staff who are quarantined (if applicable) – meaning they are close contacts,
- student and school staff who have been quarantined and isolated since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, and
- tudents and school staff who became positive during their 10-day quarantine.
All public and private schools in South Carolina have been given access to a secure portal to use to report their school’s isolation and quarantine counts on a weekly basis. A value of "NR" means that the school did not report or provided an incomplete submission. If you have questions about reporting by a particular school, please contact the school or district office.
Learn more about this reporting here.