Beginning on Monday, August 30th, all students who ride a school bus in Lexington County School District Three will be required to wear a face covering while on board the bus. The same rule is applicable to staff and school bus drivers as well.

This comes after the SC Department of Education announced on Thursday, August 26th that it would again enforce the CDC's Order that requires the use of face coverings by people on public transportation conveyances and hubs, which includes school buses. In a release from the SCDE, officials stated that "it has become apparent based on COVID-19 data being reported by schools along with increasing levels of the highly transmissible Delta variant in local communities that more protective measures are needed to lower the risk of virus transmission and keep our school open and operating as safely as possible."

To facilitate adherence to the CDC Order, the SCDE is equipping all state-owned school buses with an adequate supply of face coverings that meet CDC Order requirements. If a student boards a bus without a face covering, bus drivers will offer the student a face covering.