Hundreds of South Carolina schools shut down because of the coronavirus right after the school year kicked off.
Students were thrown back into virtual learning, and parents feared for their children’s health as infections skyrocketed across the state.
Districts struggled with how to protect the children and their staff from the delta variant, a new coronavirus variant that causes more infections and spreads faster than earlier forms of coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s website. Vaccinated people can also spread the delta variant to unvaccinated people.
But district’s hands were largely tied: They could not mandate masks.
The Post and Courier spoke with dozens of S.C. education administration officials, teachers, parents and students, including people desperate for mask mandates and vaccine incentives and those who adamantly oppose them.
These are their stories.https://t.co/c7YJeiKMD8
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) October 10, 2021