Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2021
GCS students who have been quarantined due to COVID will soon be able to return to school three days earlier if they are symptom free and follow DHEC guidelines for an early release. To qualify, students must receive a negative result on a COVID PCR test collected no sooner than day 5 of the quarantine period. As soon as the negative PCR test result has been received, that result should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the student’s name, school, and, if available, the student i.d. number. As quickly as possible, GCS staff will respond via email with a revised date of return, which cannot be earlier than day 8. Students will not be allowed back in school until the GCS Medical staff has validated the test results and provided an updated return date. Again, only a PCR test will be accepted, not a rapid antigen or home test. This option is not available to students who are in isolation due to a positive COVID test. It is only for those who are on quarantine and have no symptoms of COVID-19. An interactive map showing DHEC approved testing locations is available at scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations.