No Masks Required For Fully Vaccinated At Coweta Schools
Dear Coweta Parents and CCSS Employees,
Although there have been many challenges this year with Covid-19, we have been able to safely have face-to-face instruction while following CDC and local Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines. This week, the CDC announced that they have updated their guidance for the requirements of face masks. The new guidance from the CDC says that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.
Because of this guidance, the Coweta County School System will no longer require fully vaccinated individuals to wear masks. We strongly encourage mask-wearing by individuals who are not vaccinated, and want to be clear that any individual wishing to continue wearing a mask while attending school and/or school events should feel free to do so.
Ongoing COVID-19 guidance from state health officials includes the requirement that schools must maintain contact tracing efforts during the current school year. Our schools will continue to maintain other mitigative measures at this time, including social distancing where practicable, self health-checks and health reporting, cleaning and hygiene measures, and limiting visitors to our schools at this time. Per the requirements of an ongoing federal order, our school system will continue to require that face masks be worn by all travelers and drivers while on public transportation, including school buses.
Beyond May 28, we are hopeful that some of these measures may be further modified before we return to school in August for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to a successful conclusion to this school year, and a well-deserved summer break for students and staff.
Evan Horton, superintendent, Coweta County School System