Mitigation Strategies

How can we protect staff, students, and visitors from getting sick?

Staff, students, and visitors should be advised to not come to the school or report to work when they are feeling ill. Information flyers will be distributed to schools and placed in strategic areas in schools/departments. Staff and students who are not feeling well should be advised to see a
health care provider and to stay at home until their symptoms resolve.

The school district is implementing the key CDC recommended prevention strategies that are essential to the safe delivery of in-person instruction and to help prevent COVID-19 transmission in schools:

  • Universal and correct use of masks.
  • Physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette.
  • Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities.
  • Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.
  • Watching out for symptoms (fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste and smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea), especially if you have been around someone who is sick.
    • If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you will quarantine yourself at home except in case of emergency, contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider to be tested for COVID-19. If it is possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
    • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate. You should get tested, stay home, and away from others.
  • Getting vaccinated.

Mask Wearing Protocols

DeKalb County School District will implement the following:

  • All students must wear masks when riding school buses. This requirement is consistent with the CDC recommendations that all persons should wear masks when utilizing public transportation.
  • Masks are required for elementary age students due to no availability of vaccines for this age group, as well as for all staff. Schools will utilize best practices for cafeterias and other areas where it would be difficult for students to wear masks.
  • Masks are required for middle and high school students as well as for all staff. Although masks for fully vaccinated staff and students (12 and over) are optional per CDC guidance, out of an abundance of caution, masks will be required in all buildings. The district will review effective methods to identify students and staff who are vaccinated and will reevaluate optional mask wearing. Parents are strongly encouraged to consult with their health care provider for the best vaccine options for their family.
  • Staff or students that present with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home away from others and seek care from their healthcare provider.
  • Wearing masks is required for the After School Extended Day Programs (ASEDP) for activities occurring indoors. Masks are optional for activities held outside.
  • Masks are optional for athletic sports activities. Masks are required in lockers rooms, and weight rooms. Athletic teams are required to follow all protocols established by the Georgia High School Association for safety at sporting events.
  • Masks are required for all clubs that meet indoors. Masks are optional for activities held outside.
  • Mask breaks are encouraged throughout the school day for students and staff.
  • Staff will continue to utilize the COVID-19 District Protocol when reporting exposure/positive COVID-19 cases.

Schools and district buildings will continue to exercise all mitigating strategies. The DeKalb County School District will continue to monitor cases within DeKalb County and the school district while reserving the right to update its practices, including the requirement for all staff and
students to wear masks.