HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — Henry County Schools announced Monday that they will require masks for all indoor spaces as the Delta variant surges in Georgia.
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“The latest measure comes after careful consideration and consultation with our trusted health officials and government leaders,” school officials said.
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The district swiftly moved from a level 1 plan to a level 4 plan. According to the plan, that means visitors and volunteers on campus are suspended, capacity at both indoor and outdoor events will be reduced and students will be spaced out in class.
Parents in Henry County have complained to Channel 2 Action News about the optional mask policy considering case rates in the county.
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Sixty-nine students have tested positive and 413 are in quarantine after just one week of school.
The county has requested that all large public meetings be modified for safety purposes. Modifications are being made to make the following meeting items digital:
- Live inspiration performances
- Public Participation (can still be received by emailing email@example.com)
- Awards & Recognition
Seating capacity is also limited for these meetings. This capacity reduction includes the Board of Education meetings starting on Monday, August 9. These measures take effect immediately and reduce the seating capacity to 33 percent inside the boardroom for a total capacity of 92 persons.
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