Troup County school system lifts mask mandate for students and teachers

LaGRANGE, Georgia (WRBL) – The Troup County school system lifted the mask mandate in all schools on October 18, 2021. Teachers and students are still strongly recommended to wear masks, but they are no longer mandatory.

Dr Brian Shumate, superintendent of the Troup County school system, said the school system made the decision to lift the mask’s warrant after monitoring COVID-19 cases in the region and seeing a decrease in positive cases.

“I felt right now the time had come for us to give it a go and see if we can do just what is highly recommended on masks. We will always wear a mask on school buses, we will always follow normal pandemic or COVID protocols when it comes to cleaning, social distancing, taking temperature, ”Shumate said.

Shumate said TCSS currently has more than 12,000 students and its top priority is ensuring the safety of students, their families and staff. He also said that if the number of positive cases started to rise again, the mask’s warrant could be re-instituted.

Masks are still mandatory on all school buses and schools will continue to apply social distancing. Each school in the school system has also set individual standards for COVID-19 positive cases. One school may see the mask warrant reinstated if cases increase while the others continue without a mask warrant.

“If a school goes back to 1% of its overall positive student population, we’re going to put the masks back on and demand them,” Shumate said.

Shumate said if more schools cross the 1% mark, he could reinstate the mask’s mandate for the entire school system.

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