Cobb & Douglas Public Health makes statement on school COVID-19 protocols

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Cobb & Douglas Public Health issued the following statement regarding COVID-19 protocols followed by the two local school systems:

Statement regarding schools and their COVID-19 policies and quarantine protocol

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 8/2/21 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:

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 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.

NOTE:  The Cobb County School District is a separate entity from the Cobb County Board of Commissioners and is governed by the Cobb County School Board.  Cobb and Douglas Public Health is a local entity of the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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