COVID-19 Health & Safety

The safety of all students and staff remains our highest priority in the DeKalb County School District. The COVID Task Force continues to monitor the data published by the Department of Public Health (DPH) to guide decisions made related to COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 Community Levels tool helps communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels are classified as low, medium, or high and are determined by evaluating specific indicators.

Currently in DeKalb County, the community level is HIGH. The CDC’s recommendations for this category include the following:

  • Wear a mask indoors in public spaces
  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness

Based on recent data, a “HIGH” community level, and collaboration with our Medical Advisory Committee, the DeKalb County School District is STRONGLY ENCOURAGING all employees and visitors to wear masks indoors including all school district buildings, centers, facilities, and school buses or other approved modes of transportation. Masks are not required outdoors. DCSD will have masks available if needed.

Per Senate Bill 514, mask wearing is optional for students in all DCSD buildings, facilities, and school buses or other approved modes of transportation.

If there are questions, please contact Lead Nurse Coordinator, Joann Harris, via email at

Disclaimer: The DeKalb County School District reserves the right to update the mask wearing requirement based on changes in the COVID-19 Community Levels and information from the Medical Advisory Committee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Georgia Department of Public Health (GDPH), DeKalb County Board of Health (DCBOH) as well as other local, state, and federal agencies.