Parents protested Charleston County schools' mask requirement outside the school board meeting Monday. | Photo by Andy Brack

Even though the Charleston County School Board says it has a school mask requirement, it also said Monday that there would be no penalties for students and staff who don’t wear masks. “Our hope continues to be that everybody will continue to comply with the mask requirement for the greater good of all,” board chair Eric Mack said. “However, we also do not want students to be punished or sent home from school because we have seen what a year of disruption can do to all students, especially those most vulnerable and at risk.” Meanwhile, parents and others protested the requirement on Calhoun Street outside of the meeting. More: Charleston City Paper, Post and Courier, Live 5 News

In other news from around South Carolina that you need to know.

COVID-19 cases still high. State health officials on Monday reported more than 13,000 new COVID-19 cases over the three day period from Thursday to Saturday. Some 102 people deaths were reported from the disease, including 27 that where probably due to the disease. It was the second Monday in a row in which more than 10,000 cases were reported. More: Live 5 News

Georgia seeks extension on terminal decision. The state of Georgia is still thinking about whether to build a terminal in South Carolina … and wants more time. More: Post and Courier

Santee Cooper top execs may get big bonuses. The authority’s board approved metrics to determine executive bonuses. More: Post and Courier

Greenville City Council may ban guns in open at events. The council voted unanimously in the first of two readings to ban open carry of firearms at permitted public events. More: Post and Courier

A sure sign that fall is here … or around the corner. Yes, Pumpkin Spice latte is back. (Sigh.) More: NPR

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