More South Carolina schools set to flout mask mandate ban

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Pupils attend a lesson at their elementary school in Berlin on August 9, 2021, after coming back from summer holidays and amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.. – Berlin’s pupils are to wear face masks during the first two weeks after the summerholidays in order to prevent the spreading of the coronavirus. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP) (Photo by TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Hundreds of South Carolina students are already quarantined for COVID-19 at the start of the fall semester as the delta variant has led to a surge in cases.

That’s prompted the state’s second-largest school district to require masks in schools in spite of a state budget proviso that bans districts from doing so without risking funding.

Charleston County School District’s board and the Richland County Council both voted Monday evening to approve an emergency ordinance to require the face coverings in schools and day cares.

The votes follow a similar measure enacted by the capital city of Columbia.

State Attorney General Alan Wilson has already said the Columbia mandate is against state law.

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