DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. — A gaggle of oldsters held a protest Wednesday morning after an area college district issued a masks mandate.
Throughout a board of schooling assembly this week, Douglas County Colleges voted to make masks required in colleges and on buses for all college students, employees and guests. Wednesday marks the district’s first day of faculty.
Mother and father who organized the peaceable protest stood outdoors the district headquarters from 7 a.m. till 9:30 a.m.
In a letter sent to parents, Superintendent Trent North mentioned that Douglas County is now in high-transmission standing. North additionally mentioned the county’s two-week case fee and two-week positivity fee exceed the Georgia fee and the charges of all surrounding counties.
In line with the letter, solely 35% of Douglas County residents are totally vaccinated.
“From the numerous emails and calls I’ve acquired, I perceive that we’ve mother and father who need a masks mandate and people who don’t. I perceive each side of the difficulty. Please know that whereas we all the time worth parental enter, COVID protocols are primarily based on the information and the steerage of healthcare professionals. Our aim is to maintain our college students as secure as doable. Because the COVID numbers lower and the vaccination charges improve in our group, we’ll think about making masks non-compulsory once more,” North wrote.
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Douglas County isn’t the one college district that may require masks to begin the varsity 12 months. Atlanta Public Colleges, Carrollton Metropolis Colleges, Metropolis of Decatur, Clarke County, Clayton County, DeKalb County, Gwinnett County and Rockdale County are additionally requiring them,
A gaggle of oldsters gathered to protest Gwinnett County Colleges masks coverage final week. Mother and father held indicators protesting the district’s choice to make masks obligatory when college resumes on August 4.
Some mother and father mentioned that they simply need a selection.
“There are such a lot of the explanation why we shouldn’t be mandating masks for youngsters,” Emily Fields, a mom of 5, mentioned. “It’s not simply the masks. It’s the precept behind carrying the masks, truthfully.”
Different mother and father had been happy with the choice to mandate masks.
“It makes it really feel a little bit extra comfy as a result of it’s not solely going to be a category of 30 children the place 10 are carrying masks,” mum or dad Ashley Suter mentioned. “All of them shall be carrying masks.”
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