Masks @ CSD
  • As we begin another year feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to ensure a healthy and engaging learning environment. Linked here is a summary of the mitigation strategies that will be in place this year. CSD will continue to closely align our mitigation strategies with those recommended by the CDC. CSD is committed to providing a rich and engaging learning environment that promotes equitable and exceptional outcomes for our students, even in the face of challenges related to the pandemic. Please contact your principal if you have questions about COVID-19 mitigations at your child’s school.

    Our masking policy aligns with CDC’s guidance, and we recommend indoor masking for all staff and students when DeKalb County is in the CDC-defined “high” level of community spread. CSD will require all school visitors to wear masks while in CSD buildings. This decision was not made lightly, and I understand that there are strong feelings on both sides of this decision. I consulted with the Board of Education, school and district leaders, the Teacher Advisory Council, and I solicited feedback from the COVID Advisory Committees on our mitigation plans. I know there are members in our community who would prefer CSD mandate masks when our community is experiencing “high” community spread. I discussed the option and logistics of implementing a mask mandate with the groups I listed above. However, as we worked through the logistics of monitoring and enforcing a mandate when parents have the legislated option to opt their child(ren) out of wearing a mask at any time, it was evident that this would be impossible for our staff. We are fortunate to have readily available vaccinations and testing services for our community. These, along with the other mitigations CSD has in place, will provide several mitigation layers identified as best practices by the CDC.