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Students across the state are returning to school this week as COVID-19 cases are surging. State school officials have updated quarantine and isolation policies to allow students to return more quickly after they’ve tested positive or been exposed to someone with the virus. According to the state Department of Education, they can return five days after symptoms start and 24 hours since having a fever without using fever-reducing medicine. On return, they must wear masks for at least five days. Local districts may have tighter rules. Meanwhile, colleges in the state are also revamping policies. More: WSPA, WYFF, AP News

In other headlines:

MLK events around the state canceled, going virtual. King Day at the Dome in Columbia and Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Day parade will go virtual for a second year in a row amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, Hilton Head’s MLK events canceled due to COVID surge. More: The Post and Courier, The Hilton Head Island Packet

S.C. gas prices to jump 3.7 cents this week. On Monday, GasBuddy announced that prices at the pumps in the Palmetto State rose by an average of 3.7 cents per gallon over the past week, reaching $3.01. Meanwhile, the national average slipped by one cent per gallon, settling at $3.27. More: WCIV/CBS4

Charleston airport not immune to winter-weather, COVID-related flight cancellations. As post-holiday travel has been upended by 84% of flights being canceled due to weather and COVID-19 staffing shortages, several of those flights were scheduled to come into Charleston. More: WCBD

UFO Welcome Center, N. Charleston church damaged by Monday’s wind. Bowman’s UFO Welcome Center and North Charleston’s Cooper River Baptist Church were among structures damaged Monday as strong winds swept the state. In the Lowcountry, winds were clocked at 69 mph. More: The Orangeburg Times & Democrat, The Post and Courier, AP News

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