Dekalb County Schools to Require Masks for Upcoming School Year

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced their updated safety protocols in a Twitter post-Wednesday, that will require masks for students and staff during the upcoming school year.

The post had a link to the district’s updated safety protocols, which can be found here.

Upon clicking the link, you will see a two-page document that lists the mask protocols for the upcoming school year. Some of the protocols include having all students wear masks on buses and requiring both students and staff to wear masks in buildings. 

The document did note that the district will re-evaluate optional mask wearing for vaccinated students and staff.

“Although masks for fully vaccinated staff and students (12 and over) are optional per CDC guidance, out of an abundance of caution, masks will be required in all buildings,” said the document.

“The district will review effective methods to identify students and staff who are vaccinated and will re-evaluate optional mask-wearing.”

The document also mentioned that school activities held indoors will require masks, while activities held outside will not require masks. Masks are optional for athletic sports activities but are still required in locker rooms and weight rooms. Athletic teams must also follow protocols listed by the Georgia High School Association.

“Athletic teams are required to follow all protocols established by the Georgia High School Association for safety at sporting events.”

DCSD noted in the document that they reserve “the right to update its practices, including the requirement for all staff and students to wear masks.”

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