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HCPS Moves to Mask Optional

Henry County Public Schools will continue to closely monitor our community and school COVID incidence rates and may choose to revert back to a masking requirement to protect the health of our staff and students should data indicate the need to do so. We also ask our families to continue to communicate positive cases and household or community exposures to your school’s health services staff for guidance related to quarantines.

The primary factors that led to this decision are as follows:

  • Dramatic decrease in the number of school and community positive cases - At its peak in mid-January, we had 132 students and 36 staff members who had tested positive in just one week. Current in-district positive cases, as of Feb. 25, include 9 students and 2 staff members.

  • Documented lack of school transmission - Throughout the pandemic, the majority of positive cases were the result of community or household transmissions, not classroom exposures.

  • Staff Opinion - In a survey of staff dated Feb. 22, over 90% of HCPS staff were in favor of moving to a mask optional environment.

HCPS would like to thank our community and families for partnering with us to support our students through this challenging time in our history. You have been flexible, compliant, understanding and collaborative with our efforts to ensure student success throughout the pandemic. For this, we are extremely grateful.

We look forward to a strong finish to the 2021-22 school year! Thank you in advance for your continued support.

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