Mask mandates spread in Georgia schools as child cases soar

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FILE – In this Aug. 19, 2021 file photo, people in favor of and against a mask mandate for Cobb County schools gather and protest ahead of the school board meeting in Marietta, Ga. Across the country, anti-vaccine and anti-mask demonstrations are taking scary and violent turns, and educators, medical professionals and public figures have been stunned at the level at which they have been vilified for even stating their opinion. (Ben Gray/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP, File)

ATLANTA (AP) — A review of announcements by Georgia school districts shows that more than half of all public school students are now required to wear masks in class to protect against the coronavirus.

Many school systems that had sought to let students and parents make the decision themselves are clamping down in the face of roaring COVID-19 infection rates.

A review by The Associated Press shows at least 55 of Georgia’s 180 traditional school districts are now requiring masks.

That’s up from only a handful of districts before class started earlier this month.

The rules cover about 55% of Georgia’s 1.7 million public school students.

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