Mask mandate lifted in Douglas County school system

DOUGLAS COUNTY, GA — After a two-week districtwide mask mandate, the Douglas County school system has lifted its mask requirement, with exceptions for certain circumstances.

The district returned to in-person learning on Jan. 5, and masks were optional but not required except in schools with a positive COVID-19 case rate of 5% or higher. Five days later, masks were required for all students and staff for a two-week period, both in school facilities and on school buses.

This two-week period ended on Monday. Now, DCSS has reverted to the previous policy of only requiring masks in schools with a positive COVID-19 case rate of 5% or higher. Otherwise, masks are optional.

According to the neighborhood latest COVID-19 report, released Thursday, no school has a case rate of 5% or more. The highest percentages in each school category are as follows:

  • Elementary schools: Beulah Elementary School at 2.3% (11 cases)
  • Colleges: Turner Middle School at 1.7% (15 cases)
  • High schools: Douglas County High School at 1.5% (31 cases)

When a school site reaches high spread, parents will be notified before the next school day that face coverings will be required, which will be in place for at least 14 days. If the school’s positive case rate does not fall below 5%, the required face covering period may be extended.

Schools with positive COVID-19 cases at a rate of 2-4.9%, or moderate spread, will continue with recommended, but not required, face coverings. Masks are still required on all buses per federal regulations.

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