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Richland 1 superintendent responds to Columbia mayor’s emergency mask order in schools

Following an emergency order from Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin calling for students between ages 2 and 14 to wear masks at schools, Richland 1 is encouraging mask use. “We will do everything in our power to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. That has been our priority and it continues to be our priority as we prepare for the new school year,” Richland 1 Superintendent Craig Witherspoon said in a statement released shortly after Benjamin announced the order Wednesday afternoon. “We will encourage our students and staff to wear masks, which public health officials advise to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We also urge everyone who is eligible to be vaccinated to get vaccinated.”
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Columbia, SCwach.com

Benedict College clears tuition for students

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – College has been a challenge for students during the pandemic, so Benedict College is making the load is a little lighter. “It was just the bursting of joy that we had seeing that our account was clear,” said student, Lazaria Pulley. “We didn't have to pay anything.”
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Lexington County, SCWIS-TV

Lexington One adding more virtual learning options weeks before start of school year

LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. (WIS) - With its school year starting in just two weeks, one Midlands district is adding more virtual learning options for students. Lexington County School District One emailed parents Monday, informing them that elementary school students would now be allowed to enroll in the Lexington One Online Learning Academy, or LOOLA, for the upcoming school year, as long as enough families sign up.
Columbia, SCabccolumbia.com

Students in the Midlands head back to school this month

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– Midlands students begin heading back to school this month. Students in Kershaw are getting the earliest start as they return to class Thursday. Calhoun County, Clarendon Two and Four, Lexington Three, along with Newberry and Orangeburg go back on August 16. Fairfield County, Lee County, Lexington One...
Columbia, SCwbtw.com

Columbia mayor mandates masks in schools

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of South Carolina’s capital city has issued a school mask mandate, which he says would protect vaccine-ineligible children amid the coronavirus’s resurgence. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin made that proclamation Wednesday. The effort puts the Democrat at odds with Republican Gov. Henry McMaster as well...
West Columbia, SCwestmetronews.net

Tax Free weekend is upon us, with a school supply giveaway, too

The 2021 Tax Free Weekend, presented by the S.C. Department of Revenue, begins Friday (Aug. 6) and ends Sunday (Aug. 8.) During the tax-free weekend, many items that are traditionally associated with back-to-school are exempted from South Carolina’s 6% sales tax. Any applicable local taxes are exempted, too. School supply retailers in West Columbia, including Family Dollar, Walmart and Big Lots will welcome lots of shoppers this weekend.