The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging everyone to wear a mask while indoors at K-12 schools, including those who are vaccinated.
This new guidance issued just weeks before the start of the 2021-22 school years comes following a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.
Here is a look at the policies for Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia school districts: (Note: Not all districts have made final decisions. These will be updated if schools change their policy.)
- Camden County Schools: The Camden County Schools Safe Opening Plan calls for mandatory mask wearing for all individuals inside schools, buildings, and offices. Officials say this is a result of the COVID delta variant’s “devastating impact.”
- Clay County District Schools: Face coverings will be highly encouraged this school year, but not mandated.
- Diocese of St. Augustine: The superintendent sent a letter to parents that said in part, “We will continue to have masks optional across our schools, but they are highly recommended during this high COVID positivity rate.” Visitors will be required to wear a mask.
- Duval County Public Schools: DCPS has decided to issue a 30-day mask requirement for teachers. DCPS Superintendent Dr. Diana Greene released a letter to staff stating that the mandate officially goes into effect on August 2 and requires that any and all staff, vendors and visitors wear a mask on school grounds for 30 days.
- Glynn County Schools: In its latest plan, under normal operations, the district says, “As per CDC and DPH guidance, masks are recommended inside school facilities.” However, if the district moved to targeted closures, “masks are required inside school facilities.”
- Nassau County School District: The district said masks will be optional for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Pierce County Schools: Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear masks, especially in high traffic areas, according to the district’s reopening plan.
- St. Johns County School District: Face masks will be optional in school and on St. Johns County School District transportation.
- Ware County School District: According to the district’s reopening plan, “Staff members are encouraged to wear a mask or face shield while in close proximity to students or fellow staff members.” For students, “When physical distancing of 3 feet is not practical, students will be highly encouraged to wear a face covering (mask, neck gaiter, face shield, etc.).” Also, “Parents and visitors should have a mask available upon entering school facilities.”
Action News Jax is waiting to hear back from the following school districts:
- Baker County School District
- Bradford County School District
- Columbia County School District
- Putnam County School District
- Union County School District
- Brantley County Schools
- Charlton County Schools
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