At the Tuesday, Sept. 28 work session, the Thomaston-Upson Board of Education approved the continuation of the mask mandate within all Thomaston-Upson schools.

This decision was made after reviewing data of positive cases among students and staff since the implementation of the mask mandate on Aug. 25, which shows a significant downward trend of positive cases since the mask mandate was implemented.

The board will meet Thursday, Oct. 28, to review the most current data and re-evaluate the mask mandate. The BOE will continue to review the data and the mask mandate monthly. Student and staff data is updated daily on the Thomaston-Upson School System website at

In other news:

•Jenna Dunaway was named director of special education. Dunaway, who is in her 16th year with T-U Schools, has served the district as assistant director of special education since 2019.

•All T-U schools will be closed the week of Oct. 11-15 for fall break.

•T-U system officials stated that the option for students to switch between face-to-face instruction and virtual learning will reopen in early November in preparation of the second semester.

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