Guidance from DPH

On August 2, 2021, the Georgia Department of Public Health issued an Amended Administrative Order signed by Kathleen Toomey, M.D., Commissioner, State Health Officer providing the following guidance for schools, “recognizing the importance of in-person learning, schools may elect to adhere to different quarantine requirements as developed by the local school district to facilitate in-person learning. Individuals subject to quarantine may only adhere to such different quarantine requirements as long as the point of exposure occurred in the school setting and as long as they remain asymptomatic.”  This was further clarified with a letter from Dr. Toomey dated August 19, 2021 recommending close contacts following modified quarantine requirements use a mask until the quarantine period ends.


With this new information, leadership modified the Lowndes County Schools Return to School Plan. This plan states “this information may be subject to change based on additional guidance received from the Department of Education, and the Department of Public Health.” The latest modifications will be published as soon as possible. 


We are thankful for your continued commitment to our students and will continue to keep you informed of the latest information we receive from the Department of Public Health. Both of the documents mentioned above are attached.



Lowndes County Schools COVID Guidance August 2021

 Return to School Plan 2021

DPH Letter to Superintendents

DPH Amended Order