The Governor's School's highest priority is the health and safety of our students and employees. Please review the following information and resources to stay informed on the latest school and COVID-19 updates.
For Students, Parents, and Employees: While the school updates below are general announcements to the Governor's School community, we ask that students, parents, and employees check their school email accounts regularly for updated information and specific instructions.
Residential High School - April 22, 2020
The Governor’s School will be closed for the remainder of the school year in compliance with Governor Henry McMaster's executive order for all public schools in South Carolina. We will continue to implement e-learning instruction during this period for our students who live throughout the state. The school continues to monitor the ongoing situation and is consulting with state and local agencies as developments occur.
Summer Programs - May 1, 2020
Due to current CDC guidelines and best practices, our traditional, residential summer programs for Summer 2020 have been canceled. The Governor's School is developing plans for future workshops, classes, and other exciting opportunities for these students through virtual experiences or at locations throughout the state when the circumstances allow for safe and meaningful programming.
From the Office of the President
- February 28, 2020
Dear Govie Community:
Like many of you, the Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities is watching the international concern with the 2019 novel coronavirus, which causes an illness, COVID-19. While there are no instances of illness in our state, we are working to ensure that we provide appropriate preparations as a campus. Many of these practices mirror the work that is done each day to maintain a healthy school community.
Use Normal Precautions: Washing hands often, avoiding touching eyes and mouth, and covering when coughing and sneezing remain basic precautions to minimize the spread of illness.
Reducing Contact When Ill: In a small tight-knit community, it is important that we reduce contact for those ill. All members of our community are asked to leave campus when ill and remain away until fever-free for 24-hours without the use of medication.
Resting When Needed: When feeling ill, including with milder symptoms, everyone is encouraged to take time for rest and recuperation. Students should remain home when not feeling fully ready to attend class and participate in normal activities.
Influenza Vaccine: Those who have not received the influenza vaccination this year continue to be encouraged to do so. The vaccine is available at many local pharmacies and health departments.
As always, please direct questions about your student's healthcare to Suzanne Munson, School Nurse.
At this time, the primary risk of COVID-19 remains with those who have recently traveled to certain areas and their immediate contacts. Please review the travel guidance available from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for more information. Additional information about COVID-19 precautions in our state is available from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).
As part of DHEC's ongoing efforts, they have requested that we share the following information with our school community. As DHEC learns more about this virus, they will continue to update their website at scdhec.gov/COVID19. In addition, please see below for links to materials provided by DHEC.
- Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and You (pdf)
- COVID-19 Quick Facts
- Poster: Stop the Spread of Germs
- Social Media Graphics
- FAQ videos
The Governor's School will continue to monitor health conditions as well as receive guidance from and work in consultation with local and state health officials as we seek to keep our community healthy.
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- March 5, 2020
Dear Members of the Govie Community,
The situation with the COVID-19 coronavirus is rapidly evolving, but we are fortunate that there are still no known cases in South Carolina. Since my last communication, our campus leaders have worked closely to implement additional safety procedures for day-to-day operations and develop a contingency plan for school closure in the case of a confirmed case or declared state of emergency. As we learn more about the international, national, and local circumstances we will continually update our strategies and communicate them to all of our stakeholders.
With this in mind, I would like to share our decision-making and communication strategy and process should we need to close the campus.
Communication: Immediately following notification of a decision to close the campus, the communication protocol will include:
- The Office of the President will communicate with all unit leaders and department chairs of campus closure. Review of assigned tasks for extended leadership team.
- Communication with all employees, students, and parents of campus closure through SchoolMessenger (campus-wide communication system). Review of assigned tasks for all employees through direct supervisors. Parents will be provided with specific instructions for student departure.
- The Office of the President will communicate with the Board of Directors and Foundation Board of campus closure and status of evacuation process.
- Communication to media of process and status of campus closure.
Timeline: Closure of the residence hall will be completed within twelve hours of the notice for campus closure. Upon completion of the evacuation process, Residence Life staff will have one hour to perform shutdown procedure for student housing.
Final Closure: Campus Safety staff will have two hours to perform shutdown of all campus buildings. Following the official closure of the campus, we will proceed with any precautionary cleansing and/or decontamination procedures as an added safety measure.
Our focus is to meet our responsibility for educating our students while maintaining the highest level of safety and security throughout this time. During any period for which the campus must remain closed, all students will engage in remote learning through Schoology and/or other relevant e-learning platforms.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the issues of this very unique situation. We will continue to monitor health conditions as we receive guidance from local and state health officials about the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina. As always, I appreciate your support of the Governor's School.
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- March 11, 2020
Dear Governor's School Community,
As we continue to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, maintaining a safe and healthy learning community on the campus remains our highest priority. State health officials do not recommend closing schools at this time; however, our contingency plan for school closure will be implemented in the event of a regulatory mandate or presumptive case on the campus.
In the event of a temporary closure, we will offer online instruction so that students can continue their course of study in modified ways. We are also communicating with students and families who may require additional accommodations due to connectivity in their area. Therefore, as we prepare for our scheduled extended weekend, we ask that all students and employees are mindful of the following packing recommendations:
- iPads and chargers
- books and instructional materials
- your instrument or other equipment/supplies
- prescription medications
- other personal items needed for an extended absence from campus
During this time away from campus, please take precautions including self-quarantine in the event of contact with others with a presumptive or confirmed case of COVID-19. We recognize the inconveniences that have been placed upon our community in recent days, but ask that we all adhere to these additional guidelines to ensure your health and safety.
DHEC continues to update its website with additional interim guidance for schools on COVID-19. Please visit our school's new resource page with a list of links for updated information from the Centers for Disease Control and DHEC's outreach materials page. www.scgsah.org/COVID19.
As guided by our state health officials, we are not recommending additional precautions at this time beyond the standards of thorough hand washing, covering coughs, and appropriately disposing of tissues and other items containing respiratory droplets. We will continue to monitor health conditions and update our strategic response to COVID-19 in South Carolina.
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- March 18, 2020
Dear Governor's School Community,
While we are all closely monitoring the news on COVID-19 and doing our best to
prepare for what is yet to come, I wanted to take a moment to share a few positive
In compliance with Governor McMaster's order to close all public schools in South
Carolina, the Governor's School campus is closed until March 31. Since our students
had already arrived at home for a planned extended break on last Thursday, we were able to immediately implement our remote learning plan, and they are now actively participating in their regular schedule of classes from their homes across the state through our e-Learning platform. We are all committed to providing a quality education and to keeping students engaged during this period, so I'm happy to report that our online instruction is running smoothly.
While we have had to make modifications for implementing arts training outside of the in-person experience, our faculty and staff remain committed to providing a meaningful and productive artistic and academic experience for our students. The innovation and creativity for which they have been known continues to drive them as true-to-form educators with a passion for new modes of instruction as a result of this challenge.
Along these lines, I want to acknowledge that throughout this time of uncertainty and our ongoing contingency planning, our entire Govie Community has risen to the challenges we face with open minds, thoughtfulness, and expertise through expedient actions. I very much appreciate every employee's contributions to implementing our plan and supporting our students and others within the community as needed during this time.
One of the hardest things we have had to do is postpone and cancel our performances and events for everyone's safety. We will do our best to reschedule our student performances and guest artists for later dates if circumstances will allow for this to occur. We were also saddened to cancel Dreamville, our 20th-anniversary celebration that would have been one of the highlights of this very special year in our history.
While we are teaching, studying and working remotely over the course of the next few weeks, we remain focused on achieving the mission of the Governor's School for our students and for our great state. I am confident that with our combined knowledge, strengths, and abilities, we will persevere through this difficult time and navigate the uncertainties that lie ahead. I thank you for your patience and continued support at this time and for your ongoing commitment to the
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- March 24, 2020
Dear Governor’s School Community,
On this afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster and State Superintendent Molly Spearman released a joint statement ordering all public schools to remain closed through April 30. For the duration of this period, we will continue remote instruction for all classes as outlined in our emergency distance learning plan. As published on our school calendar, spring break will occur from April 10 – 19.
Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order of March 19, the campus remains closed to everyone except for essential personnel until further notice. As a reminder, essential personnel is defined as Public Safety at this point in time. I understand employees are eager to return to campus, so I will continue to explore options and consult campus leadership as we receive further guidance from the State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, and other state offices.
I recognize the challenges that this crisis has placed upon our learning community and want to reiterate that the health and safety of all students, employees, and their families remain our highest priorities. I am both proud and humbled by the daily resilience and resourcefulness I see as our campus continues to thrive as a learning community despite these adverse circumstances. It is indeed an honor to work alongside you all. Thank you for your continued support of the SC Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- April 9, 2020
Dear Governor’s School Community,
As we pause our schedule of instruction for spring break this afternoon, I want to take a moment to follow-up on a few items, as much has changed since my last communication regarding our intended actions for the Govie Community.
In compliance with the Governor’s most recent Executive Order of April 6 enacting new stay-at-home procedures, we are unable to schedule a return to campus to retrieve items as intended. This order is effective for the duration of the State of Emergency, so we will continue to work remotely with somewhat limited supplies and materials.
To our students, I am deeply saddened by what you are being asked to endure during your final weeks of the semester. You’ve put so much into your work this year and having your performances, exhibitions, and special events canceled or moved online is not what any of us intended for our 20th anniversary year. Especially to our seniors, I sincerely regret the need to host virtual ceremonies for our annual Celebration of Achievement and Commencement exercises rather than our schedule of in-person events. In alignment with the practices of other residential schools throughout the nation, the likelihood of significant restrictions on large gatherings and travel immediately following any signs of improvement in this crisis complicates any planning that is necessary, and such an effort is certainly not the most responsible manner in which we can hold those events. Your resilience has been inspirational, and regardless of our inability to offer the traditional end of semester celebrations to which we all looked forward, we will indeed celebrate with you in the most meaningful way possible. When a return is permitted, we will again celebrate with you and your families in the true spirit of the Governor’s School and give you all that you have earned and deserve as Govies.
I want to thank our employees and parents for your support and input during our virtual meetings earlier this week and for your continued flexibility during this ever-changing situation. With over 80 participants in both meetings, your commitment to our students and to the mission of our school is evident, and I am humbled by the collaborative spirit that has allowed us to continue the work of the Governor’s School in an uninterrupted manner in recent weeks.
While our preparations continue for hosting our summer programs on the campus, we have chosen May 1 as our deadline to make a decision as to whether they can be offered in a safe and responsible manner or to offer an alternative format for selected programs. Should cancelation or other adjustments be required, all enrolled students will receive a refund of fees for the programs.
To those of you who are able to pause and enjoy a break in the intensity of instruction amid the crisis, I wish you a safe and relaxing spring break. To those of you who will continue the work of the Governor’s School and elsewhere, I thank you for your unwavering support and trust that you will also find a moment to pause, reflect, and find comfort in what we have overcome at this critical point in our nation’s history. Without question, we owe a special debt of gratitude to our Department of Public Safety who continue to protect the campus and provide essential services during this period.
With that said, I want to reiterate that these are indeed unprecedented times and our final plans for the semester will continue to be guided by the directives from state and local government and health officials. I thank you for your ongoing efforts and for your support of the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Cedric L. Adderley, DMA
- May 1, 2020
Since the spring of 1981, the Governor's School has shared the excitement of students as they prepare to engage in our summer programs. We know that the artistic instruction received and sense of community formed supports continued growth of students and their work long past the end of each program. Throughout the spring semester, like each of you, we have been carefully considering what the summer will hold. After considering current CDC guidelines and best practices, we have determined that holding our traditional, residential summer programs is not possible for Summer 2020. We share your disappointment, since we know how hard you worked to apply and/or audition for these programs. Our decision to cancel is guided by our first priority of ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of all members of our Governor's School community.
We know that each student's passion for the arts is as strong as ever and that they crave continued growth as artists. Our creative, dedicated faculty and staff are hard at work as you read this announcement. We are designing alternative offerings for students accepted into all of our summer programs. Although we know we cannot simply shift existing programs online, we are developing workshops, classes, and other exciting opportunities to deliver through virtual experiences or at locations throughout the state once the circumstances allow us to do so safely and effectively. We are also planning additional learning experiences on campus during fall, winter or spring that will be made available to all accepted summer students. In June, we will share more about our plans for late summer and the upcoming school year, and we will invite you to participate free of charge.
All students who were accepted into our 2020 Summer Programs are encouraged to apply for future programs for which there will be no application fee. Our application for the 2021 High School and Summer Programs will be available in September. We hope that you will remain engaged with us and apply to the next program for which you are eligible, so please look for information from our Office of Admissions about the application process.
All deposits for our 2020 summer programs will be refunded. Refunds will be processed in the same manner as payment was made. Example: A credit card payment made through the SCGSAH on-line portal will be refunded to the card.
We look forward to officially welcoming you to the Governor's School community and working with each of you in the very near future. Even in these uncertain times, I remain confident in our future, as we continue to provide the rich, engaging artistic experiences that have always been a hallmark of Governor's School programs.
Cedric Adderley, DMA
Performances & Events Updates
All school performances and events are currently suspended.
The following events have been canceled:
- Grand Jeté - March 21 and 22
- Govie Saturday - March 28
- Dreamville - April 7
The links below contain updated information from the following government agencies.