“As of June 1, 2021, masks are strongly recommended but not required,” the Gwinnett school district said on its website.
The school district also attributed its decision to declining COVID-19 case rates in Gwinnett County and the availability of vaccines to people age 12 and older.
During the 2020-2021 school year, the district reported more than 5,000 cases of the coronavirus among students and staff.
The school district expects that some people will continue to wear masks for reasons including underlying health conditions, inability to be vaccinated or personal choice. Schools will keep planning mask breaks, the district said.
School district leaders will continue to monitor guidance from health experts and the state to make decisions about mitigation strategies for next school year, according to the website.
Gwinnett’s new policy applies to in-person summer school, which begins on the 14th, and to district headquarters, where almost 100 people caused a disturbance during a board of education meeting last month when they refused to wear masks or leave.