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School start dates are just around the corner for Midlands students and Kershaw County School District started back Monday. Here is some helpful information to prepare you for the start of the school year.

Tax-Free Weekend

South Carolina Tax-Free Weekend is Friday through Sunday and a variety of items are exempt from the state's 6% Sales Tax and any applicable local taxes. Tax-free items include clothing, accessories, shoes and school supplies. Some local retailers are also offering online shopping, delivery or curbside pick-up.

South Carolina Department of Revenue shares tips for tax-free shopping

Click here to find out more information about Tax-Free Weekend.

COVID in schools

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a guide for COVID in the upcoming school year. DHEC is encouraging all students and staff to get vaccinated unless they cannot receive it for medical reasons. They are also promoting masking indoors for students and staff when community levels are high or the school is experiencing an outbreak.

According to DHEC, COVID numbers will be monitored in schools throughout the year.

Local school district start dates

August 15

Lexington District Two

Lexington District Three

August 16

Richland District One

Lexington District One

Lexington District Four

Lexington-Richland District Five

August 17

Richland District Two

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