Glynn County school board favors student mask mandate

GLYNN COUNTY, Fla. – The Board of Education in Glynn County voted Tuesday to direct Superintendent Scott Spence to require students to wear masks when they head back to class on Thursday.

The Brunswick News reported that board members expressed concerns of what this means on a practical level and will reassess the mandate at the end of the first semester.

Until the decision Tuesday night, Glynn schools said it was planning to have staff wear masks, but students were only strongly encouraged to wear one.

The district said it’s operating under ‘enhanced mitigation measures’ which means high-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly. There will be entrance and exit procedures. Nonessential visitors will have limited access to entering the school. For recess, there will be staggered use of the playground. Cafeteria visits will also be staggered and meals will be served in a Grab-N-Go style.

For transportation, bus drivers and riders will be required to wear face coverings, buses will be cleaned regularly and hand sanitizer will be provided as supplies allow.

Glynn County is the only district in Southeast Georgia to require masks. Masks for students are strongly encouraged in Camden, Brantley, Ware, Chartlon and Pierce Counties school districts.

Glynn Schools is offering a virtual option for parents who are not ready to send their students back to the classroom. The district is offering meal service for all virtual learners.

Parents will be required to submit meal orders online weekly by noon on Mondays. Meals will be distributed every Tuesday from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Brunswick High School bus ramp.

The weekly meal distribution will include five breakfast meals and five lunch meals. Breakfast meals will be served for free and lunch meal prices are based on student eligibility and grade group.

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