CDC – Marietta City Schools study confims GAE stance on reopening for in-person instruction

For Immediate Release
February 22, 2021

Please attribute the following to GAE President Lisa Morgan:

ATLANTA -- "The CDC study of Marietta City elementary schools sadly confirms what GAE has been saying all along with regard to in-person instruction in our public schools.  The study showed that unless the CDC guidelines and mitigation strategies are followed and enforced to the letter, the incidence of spread among all categories – child to child, child to educator, educator to educator, and all categories to family members, will definitely still occur.  Marietta City’s attempt to follow the mitigation strategies illustrates just how difficult they are to follow without the resources necessary to implement and enforce with fidelity.  The study spoke to ‘less than ideal physical distancing,’ and ‘inadequate mask use by students.’  We know that, unfortunately, these two conditions exist in a great many of our school buildings every day.  We must prioritize the health and safety of our students, educators, and their families with full implementation of the CDC's essential mitigation strategies."

CDC-Marietta City Study