“Just for safety reasons, it would afford all of us to do due diligence to keep everyone safe coming back into the (learning) environment,” said Deborah Moore-Sanders, interim deputy superintendent for student support and intervention.
Board member Marshall Orson pushed back and said the district’s policy is not consistent with the CDC guidance.
Orson said it “puts us in a really difficult position of saying we’re driven by the science and data and the medical advice and then deciding we’re not going to be driven by the science and data … when it’s clearly been articulated.”
Joyce Morley, another DeKalb board member, said she’s glad to see the district recommend wearing masks since Georgia is among the lowest-ranking states with fully-vaccinated residents.
As of last week, only 37% of the state’s total population — which includes children under 12 not yet eligible to get the vaccine ― had been fully vaccinated.
“I think we have to look at what is in the best interest of the children and the best interest of the educators,” Morley said.