When school opens this fall, masks or face coverings will be “strongly recommended” and “encouraged.”
But for now, they are not mandated or required.
And, as pointed out in the “Fulton County Schools Common Opening Agreement,” the situation may change.
The document, prepared by the superintendents of the seven Fulton County school districts in consultation with Kim Cupp, Fulton County Health Commissioner, was released Thursday, Aug. 5, on each district website.
“Face coverings are strongly recommended and encouraged for unvaccinated students and staff,” the document says.
“Face coverings may become required due to increased risk of COVID-19 in our community.”
Classrooms were closed at the end of the 2019-20 school year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Students continued their studies at home, connecting with teachers through remote learning using the Internet.
Schools were open for 2020-21 with the requirement that students and teachers wear masks.
With the advent of Coronavirus vaccines, there have been some changes to quarantine requirements.
Students who have been vaccinated, and those who are not vaccinated but wear a mask and remain socially distant, won’t be quarantined.
Many of the same plans and procedures implemented in 2020-21 will carry over into the new school year.
“If last year taught us anything, it is to be prepared for anything,” said Josh Clark, Pettisville superintendent.
The new school year starts Wednesday, Aug. 18, at Pettisville.
Archbold starts Wednesday, Aug. 25.