The purpose of this page is to provide the latest information regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in South Carolina. As the cases of the virus continue to rise nationally, the Institute is monitoring the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), and the South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE).

Vaccine Information

VACCINATION UPDATE: According to the South Carolina Department of Environmental Health and Control, school workers are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as early as Monday, March 8, 2021. Teachers should contact their individual school’s leadership for information on their schools’ vaccination plan. Please contact with any questions.

Who in K-12 schools qualifies for the vaccine in Phase 1a? This includes school nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists and audiologists, and athletic trainers (only those assisting with school-based COVID-19 testing) who are working face to face with students. It is important to note that just because someone has an eligible title does not mean they are in Phase 1a. Employers are encouraged to submit names of qualifying employees to area hospitals. DHEC suggests employers provide eligible employees with a letter stating their eligibility.

 Must you be vaccinated in the county you work in? No, those identified as eligible in Phase 1a can follow the instructions to find a hospital in a neighboring county that is offering appointments.  We have clarified with the SCHA that hospitals are allowed to offer vaccination to anyone in the appropriate phase regardless of their county of residency.  

Individuals in Phase 1a who want to be vaccinated should contact their local hospitals to request and schedule an appointment no later than Jan. 15, 2021. Employers are also encouraged to reach out to their local hospitals as soon as possible, and no later than Jan. 15, 2021, with a list of names and contact information of employees who want to be vaccinated.

Will substitute teachers be included in Phase 1b along with educators and school support staff? Yes, substitute teachers will be included in Phase 1b.


2020-2021 school re-opening information

Executive Order

On April 22, 2020, Governor Henry McMaster announced that all South Carolina public K-12 schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Spring 2020 Assessments & Accountabilty

On March 23, 2020, the South Carolina Department of Education announced its Assessment and Accountability Waiver has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.


Ashley epperson

Communications Specialist
(803) 995-0527