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Marietta Superintendent Grant Rivera, left, and Cobb Superintendent Chris Ragsdale

The Cobb and Marietta school districts have unveiled COVID-19 procedures that will be in place for the 2021-22 school year, according to the superintendents of both systems.

In short, here are the details:

♦ Face coverings will remain optional for students and staff in school buildings, on school buses and at extracurricular activities;

♦ Social distancing will occur when appropriate and possible. Teachers will be encouraged to maximize the available space in the classroom, but not all areas will be able to ensure six feet of physical distance;

♦ Hand sanitizer will still be offered in classrooms, common areas and school buses, and daily cleaning of high-touch surfaces in school buildings and on school buses will continue;

♦ Any student or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate according to Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines. Contact tracing efforts will continue, in order to minimize spread of the virus.

♦ Any student or staff member who contact tracers identify as having been in close contact with someone who tested positive will be required to quarantine according to Georgia DPH guidelines.

♦ The districts will continue to encourage, but not require, families to get their students vaccinated when eligible.

♦ Communication with families about infections, close contacts and quarantines will continue either on district websites or by email, as appropriate.

♦ School nurses and clinics will have the discretion to request, if they deem it necessary, that a student wear a mask while in the clinic. If the student does not want to, the student can instead quarantine until parents arrive to pick them up.

With the exception of the change in masking protocols, much of the two school districts’ procedures for the upcoming school year are similar to last year’s procedures.

Both districts made masks optional for students and staff on June 7. The first day of school is Aug. 2 in Cobb and Aug. 3 in Marietta.

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(5) comments

David Glass

Masks optional story right next to "Memark: Health department expecting "big expansion" of Delta variant in upcoming data" - We still don't even know how many kids and staff got Covid last school year b/c they won't release those numbers; and that was masks mandatory. Seems like a foolish idea with numbers rising.

Ann DG

This is discouraging with the amount of staff and students not vaccinated. It has already been proven those who are vaccinated can get sick from someone else who has Covid. Everyone is being put at risk.

Francisco Silverio

I agree with your sentiment. At least the vaccine lessens the illness and significantly lowers the chance that you will need to be hospitalized. I can’t believe how obtuse we have become as a society. It’s starting to feel like Lord of the Flies.

Francisco Silverio

Pride is a heckofa drug. People are too entrenched in their corners to think about anyone other than themselves. Unless there is a massive death count (in the millions) , Americans won’t budge. We’ve become a bit macabre in our outlook. Death just doesn’t seem to bother us, not even those who claim to be “pro-life.” Truth be told, we’re in a bit of a pickle.

Francisco Silverio

Yes, let’s continue to pretend like COVID-19 isn’t a serious health crisis. This is why I will be home-schooling my 5 year old next year. I just don’t trust anyone in Georgia to take the pandemic seriously. Had this generation been tasked with fighting WWII, we would have lost. We just don’t have the intestinal fortitude that the baby boomers’ parents had. God help us.

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