Community reacts to Jones County Schools mask mandate

"This is unfair to our children, this is unfair to our teachers, and it's unfair to our faculty."

GRAY, Georgia(41NBC/WMGT) — Jones County students, faculty and staff are now required to wear masks effective, August 23 through September 17.

The school board says it will no longer do contact tracing if a child has been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.

Many parents aren’t happy.

“We want change now,” Brittany Calhoun said. “This is unfair to our children, this is unfair to our teachers, and it’s unfair to our faculty.”

According to Calhoun, she will not back down from the mandate and started a petition on change.org.

“I am very much pro-choice,” she said. “If you want to wear a mask then wear it, if I don’t, I won’t, that’s my choice, but a cover all mandate just took away our choice, and we didn’t do that to you, when you had a choice to wear it or not.”

She says parents have been left with many questions concerning this decision.

We reached out to the school board for some clarity about the decision but we haven’t heard back.

Other community members are in favor of the mask mandate in the schools.

“Being a retired teacher, and just knowing the close contact that all students and faculty come into contact with each other,” Deirdre Sowell said.

Sowell has a niece who teaches in the county and feels the mask mandate is best for her, although it may be difficult.

The school district says it will continue to evaluate the decision until September 17.

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