If you have ever moved to a new house, apartment, or office by yourself, you know how much of a pain it can be. The moving process can be filled with many different emotions. On the one hand, you’re probably excited about the new adventure that lies ahead of you. On the other hand, you’re probably dreading the heavy lifting, pulling, packing, organizing, and logistical aspects of moving.
At Strong Men Moving, our goal is to remove that dread so you can focus on the fun and productive times ahead. With a team of hardworking, experienced moving professionals on your side, moving to a new home or office is easy, like Sunday morning.
The best part? As local, trusted movers in Bluffton, you won’t have to take a loan out from the bank to pay for our moving services. We believe in hard work, friendly attitudes, efficiency, and fair pricing.
Strong Men Moving is a full-service moving company in Bluffton. We run our trucks at 110%, meaning we go above and beyond what other movers in Bluffton are willing to do.
Are you moving from out of state? Is your new house hard to find? Don’t have the time or patience to pack and wrap all of your belongings? Don’t sweat it – we’ve got your back. There’s no job that’s too large or too small for our strong men to handle, and there’s no place in the Lowcountry that we won’t go for you.
When we say convenience is king, we mean it. We’re talking nights, weekends, and availability 24-hours a day from Monday through Saturday. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free and simple as possible. That way, you have time to focus on enjoying your new home or office, while we worry about hauling your double vanity into the back of our truck.
When you bring in the Strong Men, you can rest assured that you’re getting a full-service, friendly experience from the minute we pull into your driveway to the minute we shake your hand goodbye. Unlike some moving companies in Bluffton, punctuality is not our poison. We strive to arrive on time to each job that we are hired to perform.
Here are some of the most popular moving services our customers use:
Along with divorce and the loss of a job, moving is listed as one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through in their lifetime. When you consider the packing, the lifting, the scheduling, and the general disruption that moving can have on your life, it’s easy to understand why.
As the premier moving company in Bluffton, our goal is to carry your moving burden, so you can stay focused on your daily life. You can rest easy knowing our movers in Bluffton will always show up to your home with a positive attitude, friendly smile, and motivation to work. We treat your property like it was our own and take great care in handling all the items we move for you.
In addition, we prep our team of movers for many situations and provide thorough training on the fundamentals of moving, packing, risk management, and more.
If you own specialty items such as art, antiques, or other valuables, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure your possessions arrive to your new home safe and sound.
Whether you’re moving to a new home down the street or are coming from another state, we have the experience, tools, and professional movers to do the job correctly. We even offer additional residential moving services that include packing, unpacking, overnight storage, and much more.
Call or text us today to discover the full range of our residential moving specialties.
Do you already have reliable transportation but still need a team of professional movers to handle your heavy lifting? Strong Men Moving now offers labor-only moving services in Bluffton for both residential and commercial moving projects.
A few benefits of labor-only moving include:
Bluffton and the surrounding metropolitan area is a hot spot for business. Dozens of companies scout Bluffton each year as a new place to call home, where they can broaden their horizons and find new clients. What some businesses do not take into account is the logistics and headaches involved with moving to a new location.
Strong Men Moving has built a reputation as a leader in commercial moving services in Bluffton. We have the tools, team, and experience necessary to facilitate a smooth move for your business at a reasonable price.
In our experience as a commercial moving company in Bluffton, we have discovered that it can be complicated to move to a new business location. During this transition, we know that you need:
To make sure we meet the requirements above, we will speak with you at length about your upcoming commercial business relocation. That way, we get a better understanding of the logistics involved. We will also provide you with a free quote, so you can plan your budget ahead of time.
At Strong Men Moving, some common commercial moving services include:
Whether you have to move a few office chairs down the street or need help transitioning to a new location, we are here to serve.
Did you find a bunch of unwanted junk after moving to a new office? Do you have an old, stinky couch taking up room in your basement? Don’t sweat it – we will remove the old junk from your home or office quicker than you can say, “trash it!”
With Strong Men Moving’s refuse removal services, we can haul away all the heavy, unusable items that your trash service won’t pick up.
A few common junk removal items that we can remove for you are:
If you’re like most average folks living in the U.S., you probably have hundreds of items lying around your house that need to be packed before you can move to a new home. Packing can be a massive source of frustration, especially for busy families and professionals who don’t have the time or patience to pack.
Why risk a sprained back or a throbbing headache when Strong Men Moving can handle all the packing for you? With our professional packing services in Bluffton, you can sit back and sip some sweet tea while we pack your keepsakes, furniture, electronics, clothes, and more. If you have valuable items like family heirlooms or fragile china, we will take extra care to make sure those items stay safe and unbroken during your upcoming move.
Why hire a moving company in Bluffton like Strong Men Moving to help you pack? Here’s why most of our clients want us to pack for them:
Don’t have many items to pack this time around? Ask us about our high-quality packing supplies like boxes, tape, furniture pads, and covers. We’re here to help in any way that we can!
If you have a large-scale cleanout project, we can help with that, too. Our home and commercial cleanout services are great if you need to dispose of a large number of items in a short period of time.
All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll come to your location to remove your unwanted items, taking care not to damage your home or office. Once we have removed your refuse, we’ll dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion to help protect the Lowcountry we love so much.
A few common cleanout services in Bluffton include:
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Applications are available for entries in Bluffton’s annual Christmas parade, which will have some new regulations in place for safety, the town said.This year’s parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 4 in the Old Town historic district. The deadline for applications is Nov. 10.“This parade, which has been a part of the Bluffton tradition for five decades, has grown exponentially parallel to Bluffton’s population,” a town news release said. “Due to the growth, public and personal...
Applications are available for entries in Bluffton’s annual Christmas parade, which will have some new regulations in place for safety, the town said.
This year’s parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Dec. 4 in the Old Town historic district. The deadline for applications is Nov. 10.
“This parade, which has been a part of the Bluffton tradition for five decades, has grown exponentially parallel to Bluffton’s population,” a town news release said. “Due to the growth, public and personal safety remains the event’s most important priority.”
The town said entries will be first-come, first-serve, adding that “there is limit of 120 entries for the 2021 parade. It is advised to submit your application as soon as it is completed.”
There is an entry fee of $25. The town said it will email an invoice with payment instructions when it approves an application.
Applications are available on the town’s website, townofbluffton.sc.gov. They can be emailed to [email protected] For more information, contact special event manager Lyndee Simoneaux at the same email address.
The town said new safety regulations include:
• The throwing of candy or any item from a parade vehicle or float is prohibited.
• People are allowed to walk alongside a parade entry and distribute items to the crowd. Please distribute candy/promotional items hand-to-hand by walking along the parade route next to the spectators.
• Spectators will not be allowed to run into the streets to grab items.
The town will host its annual tree lighting the evening before the parade, at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Martin Family Park, with Santa’s Workshop at the DuBois Park pavilion.
“For the safety of Santa and all involved, children will need to wear a mask for Santa’s workshop,” the town said. “Santa will listen to the children in his chair, and the children will sit on benches near him, not on his lap.”
The movie “Elf” will be shown at 6:30 p.m. at Martin Family Park. Attendees are asked to bring blankets and/or chairs.
“Bluffton’s Christmas tree lighting and parade is the kickoff to the holiday season, a way to express our town’s eclectic energy and create memories for every member of our community,” Mayor Lisa Sulka said.
“Our tree lighting ceremony and town wide decorations have converted Bluffton into a charming winter wonderland for everyone. A few years ago, we witnessed a man drop down to his knee and propose in front of the lit Christmas tree. Truly, it is small-town magic.”
The City of Hardeeville’s annual Festival on Main is back after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.The festival will be held at the Richard Gray Recreation Complex Park on Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hardeeville.It was brought about to “fill a void” left by the end of the city’s annual ...
The City of Hardeeville’s annual Festival on Main is back after being canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.
The festival will be held at the Richard Gray Recreation Complex Park on Friday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m., according to a press release from the City of Hardeeville.
It was brought about to “fill a void” left by the end of the city’s annual Catfish Festival in 2017, the city’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism director, Jennifer Combs, said in an email.
“The festival is fun for the community but there is a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes into hosting large community festivals that the public never sees, long hours, sleepless nights and constant worry that everything will be smooth sailing,” Combs said.
The festival was first held in 2019, but COVID-19 put last year’s event on hold, Combs said.
This year, the festival will be manned by city employees and volunteers and will have rides, local vendors and performances from the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show. The show “has some tie-in to our City’s past history and Argent Lumber Company,” Combs said. There will also be a classic car display on Saturday from Carolina Dreamers Car Club of Bluffton, a nonprofit that began in the area in 1993 to “socialize and share experiences with other automotive enthusiasts,” according to its website.
“The City sponsorship Committee, lead by Neil Parsons, raised over $60K in sponsorship to help cover costs associated with the festival,” Combs said. “The City also uses Atax funds to draw folks from all over to our city and promote tourism to our area.”
The Atax funds come from the City of Hardeeville’s Accommodations Tax and are meant to pay for “enhancement, preservation and maintenance of” historic buildings, beach re-nourishment and tourism development, according to the City of Hardeeville’s website.
A cornhole tournament will be held on Saturday with cash prizes for winners, Combs said. Teams can sign up at the festival for a chance to win. Pachanga, a Bluffton band described as the “Latin sound of the Lowcountry” on its website, will be playing on Friday at 7 p.m., and “Lowcountry favorite” Deas-Guyz will be playing starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, according to the press release. Everything is free except the rides and purchases from vendors, according to Combs.
The Parks, Recreation and Tourism department is putting on the event with a limited staff, Combs said, in the hopes that “as the event grows, more and more churches, businesses and groups will join the City to help nurture the growth of the community event.”
“The festival is only as good as its community makes it, and the more folks that support, the more success it will see,” Combs said.
This story was originally published October 10, 2021 10:06 AM.
May River started strong on Friday night against Bluffton and didn’t let up.Garvin Douglas threw a touchdown on flea flicker on the first play as the Sharks defeated Bluffton, 30-3.May River moved to 2-0 in Region 7-4A and will face Beaufort next week in a matchup of region leaders.Douglas rushed for more than 200 yards and scored two touchdowns in addition to the TD pass. Cam Scott added a TD run and Jaiden Jones turned in a solid performance on defense. .Beaufort 16, James Island 0: Joe Caprarola ki...
May River started strong on Friday night against Bluffton and didn’t let up.
Garvin Douglas threw a touchdown on flea flicker on the first play as the Sharks defeated Bluffton, 30-3.
May River moved to 2-0 in Region 7-4A and will face Beaufort next week in a matchup of region leaders.
Douglas rushed for more than 200 yards and scored two touchdowns in addition to the TD pass. Cam Scott added a TD run and Jaiden Jones turned in a solid performance on defense. .
Beaufort 16, James Island 0: Joe Caprarola kicked three field goals and the Eagles defense picked off two passes in the win over the Islanders.
Beaufort running back Caleb Ulmer rushed for 101 yards and quarterback Tyler Haley was 13-of-20 passing for 176 yards. Michael Dennison had two catches for 55 yards, McLeod Reichel and Kyrin Odom each caught four passes.
James Dennison and Jalin Porter both had interceptions for the Eagles.
Hilton Head Island 34, Colleton County 6: Chase McCracken and Jaylen Sneed each rushed for two touchdowns as the Seahawks won on the opening of their new turf field.
McCracken finished with 193 yards rushing on 28 carries. Sneed, a Notre Dame commit, rushed for 106 yards, had five tackles and blocked a punt. Matthew Larkby had two sacks and forced a fumble. Jayden Gilliam also had a TD run for HHI.
Hilton Head Prep 26, Orangeburg Prep 0: Loncelle Daley rushed for 204 yards in the Dolphins’ shutout win on the road. Quarterback Tristan Bonomo was 5-of-9 for 61 yards passing and two touchdowns. Jake Rodney Brown caught a TD pass and ran one in for HHP. Brown also had two sacks on defense.
Hilton Head Christian 41, Bethesda Academy 8: Quarterback Jace Blackshear had another big night as the Eagles rolled passed Bethesda. Blackshear threw three touchdown passes and ran for two more, all in the first half. Isaiah Anderson, Joseph Robinson and Riley Shinn had TD catches for HHCA.
Thomas Heyward 32, Colleton Prep 7: Brandon Howard threw a TD pass and ran for a score for the Rebels in their road win. Anthony Fripp and Tony O’Banner also ran for scores. THA has given up seven points or less in each of its six wins this season.
John Paul II 56, Northwood 0: The Warriors scored 29 points in the first quarter to defeat Northwood. Christian Tilton threw two touchdowns and ran for two in JP II’s offensive attack.
Thomas Sumter 47, Beaufort Academy 13: Braydon Dineen and Jaxen Porter each had touchdowns in the loss for Beaufort Academy.
High school football is in full force across the country, and BlueandGold.com has been tracking the performances of Notre Dame’s 2022 and 2023 commitments.Here is a breakdown of how the future Fighting Irish players fared over the weekend.The Skinny: Rested in Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s (6-0) 63-0 demolition of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (0-7) ... MaxPreps ranks Bergen Catholic as the ...
High school football is in full force across the country, and BlueandGold.com has been tracking the performances of Notre Dame’s 2022 and 2023 commitments.
Here is a breakdown of how the future Fighting Irish players fared over the weekend.
The Skinny: Rested in Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s (6-0) 63-0 demolition of Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (0-7) ... MaxPreps ranks Bergen Catholic as the No. 6 team in the country.
Official season stats: 62-of-79 passing for 944 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception … 28 rushes for 114 yards and one score.
Next game: vs. Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional (4-2) Oct. 16.
The Skinny: Also rested in Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s (6-0) triumph Paramus (N.J.) Catholic (0-7).
Official season stats: Six receptions for 102 yards … 13 tackles, one interception and three passes broken up.
Next game: vs. Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional (4-2) Oct. 16.
The Skinny: Was out due to a minor injury in Traverse City (Mich.) Central's (6-1) 56-7 win against Alpena (Mich.) High (1-6).
Official season stats: 40.5 total stops, 6.5 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack … 31-of-59 passing for 613 yards with 11 touchdowns and one interception … 83 rushes for 610 yards and 10 scores.
Next game: vs. Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice (5-2) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy (2-1) suffered a 14-7 setback against Milton (Mass.) Academy (4-0).
Next game: at Needham (Mass.) St. Sebastian's School (1-2) Oct. 16.
The Skinny: Lawrenceburg (Ind.) High (7-1) knocked off Connersville (Ind.) High (1-7) 62-7.
Next game: vs. Aurora (Ind.) South Dearborn (6-2) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Made 12 tackles and recorded a sack but St. Louis John Burroughs (3-4) fell 34-7 against St. Louis Westminster (3-4).
Official season stats: 36 total stops, 8.0 tackles for loss and one sack (per STL Today).
Next game: at St. Louis Clayton (2-5) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Chantilly (Va.) High (4-2) lost 21-7 against Clifton (Va.) Centreville (5-1).
Unofficial season stats: 53 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries (missing one game).
Next game: at Reston (Va.) South Lakes (3-3) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Pittsburgh Central Catholic (5-2) dropped a 35-14 contest against Pittsburgh Mt. Lebanon (7-0).
Next game: at Greensburg (Pa.) Hempfield Area (2-5) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Did not have a target as Vancouver (Wash.) Union (5-1) cruised to a 43-6 victory over Battle Ground (Wash.) High (0-5).
Unofficial season stats: 20 receptions for 387 yards and three scores … One rush for 12 yards and a touchdown … Three interceptions (two returned for touchdowns).
Next game: at Vancouver (Wash.) Skyview (5-1) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Made a couple of stops and had two pass deflections in a 69-14 triumph for Corona (Calif.) Centennial (7-0) versus Corona (Calif.) Santiago (1-6) ... Centennial is the No. 14-ranked team in the country per MaxPreps.
Official season stats: 25 tackles (one for loss), one interception and five passes broken up.
Next game: at Norco (Calif.) High (6-1) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Notched five tackles (one for loss), broke up one pass and forced a fumble in Naples (Fla.) High's (5-0) 39-10 triumph over Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic (3-3).
Official season stats: 24 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, eight passes broken up, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an 80-yard kickoff return score.
Next game: at Naples (Fla.) Lely (2-4) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Had three tackles and broke a pass for Phoenix Brophy Prep (3-2) in its 24-6 victory over Anthem (Ariz.) Boulder Creek (2-3).
Official season stats: 27 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, one interception and three passes broken up.
Next game: vs. Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral (4-2) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Ran for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, plus caught four passes for 23 yards, in a 40-17 win for Denison (Texas) High (5-1) over Corinth (Texas) Lake Dallas (3-4).
Official season stats: 98 carries for 847 yards and seven touchdowns … 15 receptions for 198 yards and one score … One kickoff return touchdown.
Next game: at Frisco (Texas) High (6-0) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown for West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley's (6-1) 49-20 victory against Des Moines (Iowa) Lincoln (4-3).
Official season stats: 26 receptions for 380 yards and four touchdowns … Five tackles and 2.0 sacks.
Next game: at Des Moines (Iowa) Lincoln (4-2) Oct. 8.
The Skinny: Made five tackles and blocked a punt in one half of play forHilton Head (S.C.) High (2-4) in a 34-6 triumph for Walterboro (S.C.) Colleton County (0-2) ... Ran 14 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns ... Completed one pass on three attempts for nine yards.
Official season stats: 64 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, one interception, one pass broken up and a blocked two punts … 73 rushes for 534 yards and seven touchdowns … 18-of-34 passing for 170 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
Next game: vs. Bluffton (S.C.) High (2-4) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Atlanta Westminster (2-4) had a bye.
Unofficial season stats (offense): 22 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns ... 15 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Next game: at Stone Mountain (Ga.) Redan (2-4) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Zionsville (Ind.) High (4-4) beat Avon (Ind.) High (0-8) 52-49.
Next game: at Fishers (Ind.) High (5-3) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany (3-3) knocked off Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame (1-6).
Next game: vs. La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat (5-2) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Hauled in one pass for 13 yards as Ponchatoula (La.) High (4-0) cruised to a 37-21 victory against Mandeville (La.) High (1-4).
Official season stats: Eight receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns.
Next game: at Slidell (La.) Slidell (2-3) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Caught three passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei’s (5-0) 55-16 against Orange (Calif.) Lutheran (5-2) ... Mater Dei is ranked by MaxPreps as the No. 1 team in the country.
Official season stats: 19 receptions for 312 yards and five touchdowns.
Next game: vs. Santa Margarita (Calif.) Rancho Santa Margarita (5-2) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Notched seven tackles (four for loss) in a 51-0 blowout victory for Grand Rapids (Mich.) Catholic Central (7-0) against Middleville (Mich.) Thornapple Kellogg (0-6) ... Caught four passes for 69 yards and three scores on six targets.
Official season stats: 44 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and one interception, which he returned for a touchdown … 29 receptions for 646 yards and 13 scores on 36 targets.
Next game: at Cedar Springs (Mich.) High (6-1) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Caught an 85-yard touchdown pass in Concord (Calif.) De La Salle's (4-2) 31-10 triumph against Folsom (Calif.) High (6-1).
Official season stats: Seven receptions for 96 yards and one touchdown (missing one game).
Next game: at Folsom (Calif.) High (6-0) Oct. 8.
The Skinny: Miami Gulliver Prep (5-0) had a bye.
Official season stats: 73 carries for 381 yards and seven touchdowns … Seven receptions for 102 yards and a score.
Next game: at Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna (4-1) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Made two tackles (one for loss) and had four quarterback hurries in a 47-7 blowout victory for Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley Prep (6-0) over Tampa (Fla.) Freedom (1-6).
Official season stats: 36 tackles, 19.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries.
Next game: at Lakeland (Fla.) Victory Christian Academy (2-4) Oct. 15.
The Skinny: Irvington (N.J.) High (4-2) lost 21-0 at the hands of Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic (4-2).
Next game: vs. Ridgewood (N.J.) High (4-1) Oct. 16.
The Skinny: Mentor (Ohio) High (3-5) fell 24-21 against Solon (Ohio) High (3-5).
Next game: at Strongsville (Ohio) High (5-3) Oct. 15.
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For the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampton County School District has mandated the wearing of masks indoors on all school district campuses.The mask mandate took effect on Oct. 11 and will remain in effect until Jan. 20, 2022.The following statement was sent to parents last week via the districts mass messaging system:"Due to the circulating and high contagious Delta variant, Hampton County School District mandates indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors while ...
For the second time during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Hampton County School District has mandated the wearing of masks indoors on all school district campuses.
The mask mandate took effect on Oct. 11 and will remain in effect until Jan. 20, 2022.
The following statement was sent to parents last week via the districts mass messaging system:
"Due to the circulating and high contagious Delta variant, Hampton County School District mandates indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors while on school and district property during the regular school day and for all after-school educational programs. The mask is worn regardless of vaccination status. The mandate will remain effective until January 20, 2022. The School Board will review current conditions and determine if the mandate will continue at the Board Meeting on January 18, 2022.”
The local mandate follows a late-September ruling by the S.C. Supreme Court that school districts can't use state funds to enforce mask mandates, and after a federal court issued a temporary injunction against banning mask mandates in S.C. on the grounds that such actions discriminate against students with disabilities and poses a safety threat to such students.
What do parents think?
The Guardian conducted an informal survey on Facebook to find out what local parents and district residents think. Most of the responses were negative.
"So they waited until cases were plummeting locally to mandate masks? It doesn’t make sense." commented Will Hutto.
Brenda Latham commented, "Cases are down so why now? It just doesn’t make sense to mask kids anyway."
Regina Colyn stated, "No, children should not be forced to wear a mask. I, quite frankly, believe they don't even work to stop the spread."
"If masks worked, COVID would be gone by now," added Vicki Fisher Shouse.
One parent stated that masks were one of the reasons she home schooled her children, and a second person suggested that parents should remove their children from public school and home school them.
As of press time, only one person commented in favor of the mask mandate.
"I feel that it will keep the students and the adults safer," stated Terence Johnson. "Let the anti-maskers keep their kids home. I am a retired teacher. I pray for the students and adults to be safe."
More from the Superintendent
Prior to last week's local mandate, Superintendent Dr. Ronald Wilcox issued a letter to all parents in the district, asking for widespread voluntary mask wearing. The letter stated:
"Masks reduce the spread of the virus, and we need to keep our students and staff from getting sick because every infection means missed school days. If cases continue to increase, extracurricular activities and programs will be affected, and the schools may be shut down if they cannot safely staff during the regular school day.
"We realize students have significant benefits academically, socially, and emotionally with in-person school. It is our goal to provide an uninterrupted, engaging, and productive face-to-face learning environment for our students for as long as we possibly can."
Wilcox also asked parents to review guidance for masks according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC):
- DHEC strongly recommends mask use for all people when indoors in school settings, especially when physical distancing is not possible.
- A close contact who is ending quarantine early (less than 14 days) and returning to the school environment should wear a mask and follow physical distancing guidelines to return to in-person learning, per CDC and DHEC guidelines for ending quarantine early.
- The most effective fabrics for cloth masks are tightly woven, such as cotton and cotton blends, breathable, and in two or three fabric layers. Masks with exhalation valves or vents, those that use loosely woven fabrics, and those that do not fit properly are not recommended.
- School buses: Mask use is required on school buses.