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Thursday December 2nd, 2021 11:30PM

Gwinnett County Public Schools updates its mask policy

By Kimberly Sizemore Anchor/Reporter

Gwinnett County Public Schools is updating its mask policy for the second semester. Beginning on Jan. 4, masks be required based on covid numbers in the community.

According to a press release, masks will be required when the transmission rate is considered “high.” The release adds, “when community transmission has been maintained at the ‘moderate’ level for two consecutive weeks, GCPS will transition to strongly recommending masks in all of its facilities.”

The decision comes as the COVID numbers continue to improve. “As more of our community members are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine—including our youngest students—and there has been ongoing improvement in COVID conditions, GCPS leaders saw an opportunity to implement a metric that takes into account community transmission rates.”

School superintendent Dr. Calvin Watts says that the school system has to be flexible as the pandemic shifts. “Working together, we will navigate the COVID-19 situation through the spring, ensuring we address the needs of students and staff.”

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