Henry’s mask policy change followed others instituted in metro Atlanta as the delta variant increased coronavirus cases nationally and forced school systems throughout the country to rethink how they planned to handle face coverings.
At least six other metro area school systems — Atlanta, Clayton, Decatur, DeKalb, Douglas and Gwinnett — now mandate masks. Fulton County is requiring masks in some schools.
The Henry County Commission earlier this month declared a state of emergency after Piedmont Henry Medical Center, the community’s largest hospital, ran out of ICU beds because of COVID-19 cases.
“Just a week ago, the circumstance for our community drastically felt different, and I have a responsibility to make and take steps when those differences occur,” Davis said.
Mask policies in area school districts:
Atlanta Public Schools: required
Cherokee County: optional
City Schools of Decatur: required
Clayton County: required
Cobb County: optional but “strongly encouraged”
DeKalb County: required
Douglas County: required
Fayette County: optional
Fulton County: required in schools located in areas with high COVID-19 case counts
Marietta City Schools: optional