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The Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees voted 8-0 Monday to enforce its previous mask requirements for students and staff on school grounds without using funds from the state budget.

Board Trustee Cindy Bohn Coats abstained from the vote.

The vote amends district policy, allowing it to use federal funds instead of those granted by the state to enforce the mandate. This, board Chairman Eric Mack said, will keep the district in compliance with a state budget proviso that bars South Carolina schools from mandating masks.

“It remains our collective opinion that wearing face masks in school is an essential health and safety measure,” the board said in a statement released following the vote. “Just that simple act of each of us will help prevent severe illness or death from COVID and reduce the number of students who are forced to quarantine.”

The board also unanimously approved a resolution demanding state legislators repeal the budget proviso. The federal government announced last week it would give extra money to school districts that have state funding withheld.

Details regarding what enforcement would look like are expected to be announced by the end of the week, as district leaders continue to work them out. Enforcement is set to begin Sept. 20 through Oct. 15.