Mask Required for All Students Effective Monday, August 16, 2021

HAMILTON, GA (AUGUST 13, 2021) – Due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases and 389 quarantined students, the Harris County School District (HCSD) will require the wearing of masks for all Pre-K-12 students effective Monday, August 16.

This new policy is being made to keep as many students in school as possible by reducing the number of those quarantined. With this new mask requirement, students who physically distance at least three feet from others and stay symptom-free will not have to quarantine.

Superintendent Couch said, “While there are lots of opinions on this matter, this step is a necessary precaution to keep students safe and in school. This protocol will greatly reduce the number of quarantined students and help keep our schools open. The district governance team will continue to monitor community spread and make changes as the number of cases improve. When the quarantine numbers decrease, lessening the mitigation will be considered.”

For updated information, please refer to the revised safety protocols posted at

The Harris County School District is in Hamilton, Ga. For more information, visit or call 706-628-4206.


About the Harris County School District
Georgia’s Harris County School District is an accredited K-12 school system based in the county seat of Hamilton, Georgia. It serves 5,500+ students with four elementary schools, one intermediate school, one middle school, one high school, and one performance learning center. With a vision of “one community committed to educational excellence for every child,” Harris County School District continually strives to provide students what they need to become the future workforce and society. For more information, visit or the Facebook or Twitter pages (@HCSDga).