COVID

Kristal Dixon
Jan 10, 2022 - News

Georgia eases some COVID guidelines for school districts

Magnets on a school locker in the shape of a contact tracing chart.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The state Department of Public Health has relaxed some guidelines for Georgia school districts in their efforts to fight COVID-19 in the classroom.

A letter sent Thursday by Gov. Brian Kemp and DPH Commissioner Dr. Kathleen Toomey says educators and school staff who are exposed to COVID-19 can return to work, regardless of their vaccination status or when they were exposed “if their employer deems it necessary to ensure adequate staffing.”

Kristal Dixon
Jan 7, 2022 - News

Atlanta schools to reopen with COVID test-to-stay measures

Illustration of a school bus wearing a mask.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

New protocols will soon be in place for Atlanta Public School students and staff.

Why it matters: With the record-high transmission of COVID-19 in communities, implementing stricter measures will allow APS to better manage the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 6, 2022 - News

Atlanta schools plan student COVID-19 surveillance testing

Magnets on a school locker in the shape of a contact tracing chart.
Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

Atlanta Public Schools is encouraging their employees and students to take part in voluntary surveillance testing Thursday and Friday to help better track the spread of COVID-19.

The testing will be held at nine cluster sites from noon to 5pm. Parents can consent to allowing their children to get tested by clicking here or by visiting one of the test sites.

Kristal Dixon
Jan 3, 2022 - News

Omicron sends Atlanta students back to virtual classrooms

Illustration of a group of computers featuring chalkboards with equations on them
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Metro Atlanta students will begin the spring 2022 semester remotely amid the latest spike in COVID-19 cases.

School systems in Atlanta, Clayton, DeKalb and Fulton will start the semester this week with virtual learning due to high community transmission of COVID-19 in their counties.

Thomas Wheatley
Nov 8, 2021 - News

Where to find pediatric COVID vaccines in Atlanta

Blue teddy bear with orange band-aid on its arm.
Maura Losch/Axios

Starting this week, public health departments throughout metro Atlanta will start administering the COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 to 11.

Kristal Dixon
Oct 19, 2021 - News

Judge denies relief for Cobb parents suing over mask-optional policy

Parents protesting mask-optional policy of the Cobb County School District
Pro-mask demonstrators hold signs and chant during a rally over Cobb School District’s optional mask policy. Photo: Elijah Nouvelage for Bloomberg via Getty Images

A federal court judge has rejected parents’ request for a temporary injunction in their lawsuit against the Cobb County School District over its mask-optional policy.

Why it matters: Approval of the request would have required the district to follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in schools, including universal masking while indoors.

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