Georgia Department of Education releases updated guidelines for return to school

ATLANTA — The Georgia Department of Education has released updated guidelines for the return to school.

The new guidelines include equipping schools for a targeted response based on confirmed COVID-19 cases or exposures within a single school.

The updated guidelines also clarify requirements for wearing masks, which are not mandated by the state but recommended.

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The new guidelines also add a Department of Public Health requirement for districts to keep a daily log of teachers, staff and students who have contracted COVID-19.

“I would emphasize that these are updates to the existing plan, and should not necessitate changes in already-developed district-level plans,” a spokesperson said. “Districts continue to have the flexibility to implement prevention strategies above and beyond the recommendations laid out in this guidance and adopt instructional models that best serve their students, teachers, and community.”

Read the full guidelines HERE.