Some Atlanta parents threaten to sue over masks, analyst says school mandates are legal

By: | August 12, 2021

As students head back to class in metro Atlanta, some have to wear masks; others don’t. Requirements vary by district.

And it seems either decision can upset parents — some of whom have threatened to sue their school district for requiring masks. As of Monday night, a GoFundMe created to stop the Gwinnett County School District from imposing a mask mandate had a whopping $20,000 raised to cover legal fees. Parents and residents, in and out of Gwinnett, have donated under the belief masks should be optional for students and staff.

WABE legal analyst Page Pate joined “All Things Considered” to sort out what districts can and can’t do. Pate started by explaining that Georgia school systems have a legal right to require masks.

This comes as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order this month barring school districts from requiring students to mask up. Resistance is growing in school districts like South Florida’s Palm Beach County.

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