COVID-19: Information and Resources for Students, Parents and Educators

Beginning March 16, all South Carolina public schools are closed through April 30.

The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) is working closely with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and other agencies to ensure local school districts, parents, and students have the most accurate and up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 (commonly called coronavirus). 

Parents

If you or your child is exhibiting symptoms, contact your doctor, a local public health clinic, or hospital. DHEC is currently advising that individuals who have traveled from affected countries/areas and have a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing should seek medical care, and should contact their healthcare provider and inform them of their travel history before going in.

What can I do to prevent COVID-19?
You can help your child and family reduce their risk for getting and spreading viral respiratory infections, including the flu and the common cold, by encouraging them to take simple steps which will also prevent COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you or they are sick.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose. Help young children do the same. If hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water to clean hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like tables and desks.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer (if soap and water are not readily available).
  • Get a flu shot during the flu season.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a page to help you Talk to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and several South Carolina health systems are offering virtual visits for free to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.

The links below provide additional information about COVID-19.