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Reports: Ga. Gov. not requiring masks at public schools

In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from the media at the...
In this Dec. 4, 2019, file photo, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp takes questions from the media at the Georgia state Capitol in Atlanta.(AP Photo/Elijah Nouvelage)
Updated: Aug. 10, 2020 at 3:39 PM EDT
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ATLANTA, Ga. (WTVM) - Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has said that he will not be mandating masks be worn in all public schools, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The AJC reports that Gov. Kemp was speaking at the opening of a COVID-19 testing site at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when stating the decision would be in the hands of local superintendents.

“We’ve given the responsibility to the schools, to the local superintendents,” Kemp said. “Like most things in education, I’m a firm believer that the local governments know their schools better than the state government does.”

This statement echoes Gov. Kemp’s sentiment that he will not issue a statewide mask ordinance.

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