Atlanta Public Schools Mask-Optional Protocol
Effective March 1, 2022, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) will have a Mask Optional protocol for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors in all APS buildings.
APS’s mask-optional decision was informed by updated CDC recommendations and the key factors listed below:
- A significant downtrend in COVID-19 community transmission for both Dekalb and Fulton counties
- A decrease in positive COVID-19 cases among APS students and staff
- The final installation of air purifiers in all APS classrooms effective 2/28/2022;
- Continued optional COVID-19 Surveillance Testing, including the APS Test to Stay Program
- Ongoing vaccination events in partnership with the Fulton County Board of Health, C.O.R.E., and Viral Solutions
Please note there are some instances where masks will still be required (and APS will update these guidelines as regulations change):
- Masks will be optional on all school buses
- Students and staff who end isolation after 5 days will still be required to wear a mask for the remainder of the 10 days after they develop symptoms (or have tested positive if they show no symptoms). And regardless of vaccination status, students and staff exposed to a positive COVID-19 case should continue to wear a mask for the full 10 days after exposure (per Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) recommendations)
APS recognizes that some students and staff may prefer to continue wearing a mask indoors, and we support this decision. APS schools and offices will continue to have masks available for students and staff who may need them.