Tuesday Headlines: Students Return to School Amid Omicron Wave

Students across the state are heading back to school this week as COVID-19 cases increase. Public school officials have updated quarantine and isolation policies to allow students to return more quickly after testing positive or being exposed to someone infected with the virus. According to the state’s Department of Education, they can return five days after symptoms start and 24 hours after having a fever without using antipyretic drugs. Upon return, they must wear masks for at least five days. Local districts may have stricter rules. Meanwhile, state colleges are also reorganizing their policies. More: WSPA, WYFF, AP News

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MLK Events in State Canceled, Go Virtual. King Day at Columbia Dome and Charleston’s annual Martin Luther King Day Parade will go virtual for the second year in a row amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the Hilton Head MLK events have been canceled due to the COVID outbreak. More: The Post and Courier, The Hilton Head Island Packet

SC gas prices are expected to jump 3.7 cents this week. On Monday, GasBuddy reported that pump prices in Palmetto State have increased an average of 3.7 cents per gallon over the past week, reaching $ 3.01. Meanwhile, the national average fell by one cent per gallon to $ 3.27. More: WCIV / CBS4

Charleston Airport is not immune to winter and COVID-related flight cancellations. As post-vacation travel was disrupted by 84% of flights canceled due to weather and COVID-19 staff shortages, several of those flights were scheduled to arrive in Charleston. More: WCBD

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

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