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Mask Policies Vary As Atlanta Schools Are Back In Session

Students on the first day of school in the DeKalb Early Learning Center on Monday, August 2, 2021.
Students on the first day of school in the DeKalb Early Learning Center on Monday, August 2, 2021.
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Several metro Atlanta school districts are resuming classes this week, including two of the state’s largest districts — Cobb and DeKalb. DeKalb County is requiring students and staff to wear masks, while the Cobb school system has made the masks optional.

Cobb County held a ‘practice bus ride’ on Friday, for Kindergarten and first graders at Kincaid Elementary School. The tradition for the district’s youngest students and their families was axed last year during the height of the pandemic.

DeKalb Superintendent Cheryl Watson Harris visited three schools on their first Monday back.

Several metro Atlanta school districts have updated their COVID-19 protocols over the last month. Face mask mandates vary by school system, but Atlanta Public Schools is requiring all students and staff to wear masks when they return on Aug. 5.

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