Message from Superintendent Murphy

Oct. 7: Emergency Board of Education Meeting Update

BCS Community:

I want to provide an update from the Emergency Board of Education meeting held today, October 7, 2021, at 4:00 pm. The Board of Education met to discuss and receive updates from the Berkeley/Morgan Health Officer and the BCS Lead Nurse Coordinator for possible action to be taken regarding the facial covering requirement for Berkeley County Schools.

The Board of Education voted 5-0 to continue COVID-19 mitigation and protocol strategies in an effort to sustain in-person instruction.

At this time, the COVID-19 transmission rate remains HIGH therefore, face coverings will be required by all students and staff in Berkeley County Schools facilities and buses as a mitigation measure to reduce both mass quarantines of classrooms and schools and the risk of a contracting illness.

Our goal has always been to return BCS students safely to the classroom for in-person learning. You and your family have been steadfast partners in helping us reach this goal.

We appreciate your patience and understanding so that students can continue to engage in learning, experience meaningful contacts with staff and friends, and receive nutritional and social/emotional supports.

Thank you for supporting your student as their partner in education. Thank you for supporting our staff as they work tirelessly to meet the high expectations placed upon them by their position of responsibility and passion for supporting all students in achieving their goals.

Stay safe. Be well.

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Patrick K Murphy, Ed., D, Superintendent of Schools


The use of face coverings depends upon the health of our community. Required face coverings can be a temporary situation. When our community experiences fewer transmissions, we will move to a LOW/MODERATE level with recommended face coverings, rather than required. This will require community action. We must all work together to reduce community transmissions.

This message has the most current information as of October 7, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

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