FACE MASKS: Which school districts in Northeast Florida, Southeast Georgia will require them?

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.

RELATED: CDC recommends masks be worn in schools regardless of vaccination status

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order on Friday leaving the decision of having students wear masks up to parents. CLICK HERE to read the order.

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.

Action News Jax is waiting to hear back from the following school districts: