- The South Carolina Supreme Court updated its Order regarding Operation of Trial Courts during the Coronavirus Emergency on February 4, 2022. The specific Order may be found at Supreme Court Order February 2022.
- Effective March 1, 2022, the order mandating the use of masks or other facial coverings in the county and municipal courthouses, as well as two other orders concerning in-person proceedings in the various trial courts, are rescinded. Notwithstanding the rescission of these orders, anyone at risk or concerned about the dangers of COVID-19 may continue to wear a mask inside any courthouse, and court personnel and judges should continue to employ reasonable mitigation measures to guard against the dangers of COVID-19. The specific Order may be found at Supreme Court Order February 2022.
- Each individual school district, in conjunction with SC DHEC and SC Department of Education, decides about the provision of instruction via virtual, hybrid or face-to-face learning. To find out about your school district, go here: https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/schools/district-and-school-closures/operational-status/
- Need internet access for virtual learning? The SC Department of Education has $8 million to help! Contact your school district to apply. THERE IS NO DEADLINE FOR YOUR APPLICATION. If your school district tells you otherwise, contact the SC Department of Education directly. Or, talk to a lawyer. (Read the FAQs here: https://ed.sc.gov/districts-schools/shared-services/free-and-lower-cost-internet-in-response-to-covid-9/hotspots-and-internet-faq-v2-9-15-2020-pdf/)
- Want some help with virtual school? Need some additional resources? Check out Virtual SC, https://virtualsc.org/resources/.
- For a list of SC Department of Education’s COVID-related information, go here: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/
- The recent executive order for federal student loans by President Biden directs the Education Department to extend the pause on principal payments and interest accrual for direct federal loans until at least Sept. 30, 2021.
For more information for student loan borrowers see:
- Ensuring FAPE for Students with Disabilities During COVID-19
- Are you a special education student? Federal law still requires that you receive the services in your IEP! It might look a little different, now, so schools and students should be flexible and reasonable.
- Find a food pantry or food bank near you.
- Find a homeless shelter in your area.
- All local Social Security offices are closed to the public. Learn more information about your benefits, appointments, and other services here.
- Some public utility companies have decided that they will not shut off services during this time. Find an updated list of utility companies that have announced they will not disconnect services on the Clean Energy website.
- Meals on Wheels America delivers food to seniors.
- If you're having trouble paying rent, see a list of agencies that may be able to help. Although evictions have temporarily been suspended, you are still responsible for paying your rent on time.
- Veterans: Call your VA medical center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Calling first helps us protect you, medical staff, and other patients. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or video instead of an in-person visit. We also ask that visitors who feel unwell postpone their visits to VA facilities.”
- To help borrowers who are at risk of losing their homes, Federal Housing Finance Agency has suspended foreclosures and evictions for Enterprise-backed single-family mortgages for at least 60 days.
- Social Security benefits will continue to be paid. More information from Social Security Administration here.
- If the government decides to issue COVID-19 stimulus checks they are likely to be mailed to your known address. If the address on your lax tax return is different from your current address, we encourage you to change your address with the IRS and SC Department of Revenue.
- SC READ ID deadline extended to 2021 due to coronavirus
- Our attorney, Emily Kauffman, walks you through what you need to know about Social Security, Medicaid, Medicare and SNAP benefits.
- Economic Impact Payments for Social Security and SSI Recipients – Steps to Take and Schedule of Payments
- Check on the Status of Your Economic Impact Payment
- COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program — a program designed to provide emergency rental assistance to South Carolinians facing financial hardships as a result of the coronavirus crisis
- Questions and answers about childcare during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Those who didn't file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 ay need to register to receive the economic stimulus payment by using this IRS Tool.
- VA, SSI recipients with eligible children need to act by May 5th to quickly add money to their automatic Economic Impact Payment
Last Review and Update: Feb 19, 2022