An executive order from President Joe Biden requiring that anyone using public transportation wear a mask applies to students who ride the bus to and from campuses within the Polk School District.

Superintendent Laurie Atkins confirmed the announcement made online earlier in the month but posted again that masks will be required when students ride on a Polk School District bus, including for athletes who are going to and from competition around the area and using PSD transportation.

Here’s the full announcement from PSD:

She said that masks are still requested be worn by students while in the classroom as well, but are not mandatory for youth to participate in in-person studies.

The Polk School District’s most recent update of COVID-19 cases reported today to Atkins put the number of cases found within the District at just three people for the week, and it was five the previous week. That’s for both students and educators within the district.

COVID-19 did require the schools to shut down earlier in the first semester the third week in August in for distance learning, and during the final week before the winter holiday break in December.

The district did previously announce the change back on Feb. 12 on their website, but re-iterated the requirement for masks on buses this morning.

No other changes to COVID-19 policies have reported within the district at this time.

Check back for additional updates on COVID-19 numbers in the community later this afternoon following the 3 p.m. update from the Georgia Department of Public Health.

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