Cobb & Douglas Public Health strives to provide local public and private school leaders with the most accurate information on COVID-19 community spread and current, best-practice guidance (e.g., CDC). We are committed to being a trusted resource for planning, mitigation, case identification, and contact tracing.
Per the 8/02/2021 Administrative Order set forth by Georgia’s Commissioner of Public Health, all schools have local, final authority over their COVID-19 policies and quarantine protocols within certain parameters. For reference, see the attached link for the recent GA DPH Administrative Order: https://files.constantcontact.com/e100de88101/077941c9-74b7-4e02-b9e7-fe45d7258490.pdf
In July 2021, the CDC issued the latest guidance for schools to use when planning for the year, including mitigation measures to ensure reduced transmission in schools: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/k-12-guidance.html
Each school system has their own unique challenges to meet the needs of students and faculty and we respect their authority to make the final decisions.
Cobb & Douglas Public Health also does not have control over the mask mandates at the schools, but does recommend CDC School Guidelines to all schools and school districts in an effort to keep our students, educators and communities safe.