Harbor view elementary utilizes partitions in its efforts to keep distance between students; File photo by Ruta Smith

Charleston County School District announces criteria for alerting parents to coronavirus exposure. Charleston County School District announced that the protocol for notifying parents of a student’s potential coronavirus exposure. They will only notify parents if their student has come into “close contact” with someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19. They consider “close contact” as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more, with or without face coverings. Source: P&C

State Senate passes no-excuse absentee voting; drops drop boxes. The South Carolina Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow for no-excuse absentee voting. Other measures, including a proposal for ballot drop off boxes, were rejected. Source: AP

Coronavirus goes back to school at the University of South Carolina. The University of South Carolina reported 1,192 cases of the coronavirus since Aug. 1, more than state universities in Florida, Mississippi, Virginia and Washington combined. It’s also testing more of its campus than other schools, but the university has averaged 100 cases a day since classes began. Source: P&C

DMV to require vision tests. Effective Oct. 1, South Carolina drivers looking to renew their driver’s license will be required to take a vision test. The tests can be administered at the DMV or a state-licensed ophthalmologist or optometrist can submit the results of a vision test. Source: AP

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